There are TEFL jobs in most parts of Asia and many of them can be arranged in advance. In Taiwan, Korea and Japan, Americans and Canadians normally need to have a BA/BS degree in order to obtain a work permit. The highest paying jobs are in Japan, Taiwan and Korea, where teachers with a TEFL/TESOL certificate can easily find good jobs in schools or universities. Some teachers are able to save as much as $700-$1,000 a month, partly because airfare and housing subsidies are often provided by employers (in Japan and Korea).
TEFL Job Tip: Korea
You will hear a lot of negative comments about Korea! However, many teachers enjoy working and living there. The key to enjoying your time in Korea appears to be finding out as much as you can about the country and its job market before you commit to a job there.
Teachers who prefer a more relaxed lifestyle, more vacations, and less savings often go to China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. In the case of China, teachers with a recognized TEFL certificate can usually arrange jobs in advance but this is more difficult with the other countries.
Important: There has been civil unrest in parts of Indonesia for several years and to this has now been added significant anti-American feeling.
TEFL Job Tip: Japan
Don't even think of flying to Japan to look for jobs unless you can bring with you $5,000-$6,000. It is much better to arrange Japan jobs in advance. If you have a recognized TEFL certificate, you can easily obtain a good job with a reputable school or university, which will deal with all the visa requirements and will often provide airfare and free or subsidized housing.
There are a few (but only a few) TEFL jobs in other countries, such as Nepal and Cambodia, but most of them do not offer very good conditions and cannot be arranged in advance.
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