No matter where in the world you would like to teach after completing your TEFL/TESOL course, there will be certain requirements that you will need to meet in order to work as an English teacher. These requirements usually involve qualifications, visa regulations, experience or whether you are a native or non-native English speaker. Countries around Asia differ a lot in what is required of English teachers wanting to work there. The infographic below aims to highlight the main requirements for the most popular EFL destinations in the region.|
In general, a TEFL or TESOL certificate of at least 120 hours is a minimum requirement for the countries on our list. You will also need a degree if you are planning to work in South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, or Laos but it is not always necessary if you want to work in China, Cambodia or Indonesia. It's also important to know that most countries require teachers to have a work visa that is applied for either before or after arrival.
As with the majority of countries around the world, no previous teaching experience is necessary for jobs around Asia but candidates with experience are highly preferred. Asia also offers some of the best salaries for English teachers in the TEFL/TESOL world, making it easy to save a large portion of a monthly teacher's salary due to the low cost of living in the majority of countries.
Jobs in most countries on the list are open to fluent non-native speakers of English; however, the regulations in South Korea and Japan only allow their English teachers to be native speakers. China's employment visa regulations mean that you need to be between the ages of 24 and 55 to be able to work there and anyone wishing to work in South Korea will need to submit a criminal background check.
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