TEFL Internships vs Fully Paid TEFL Jobs

TEFL internships are not a great way to start your teaching career. TEFL institutes charge up to $1,900 for a poorly paid TEFL internship that provides very little value to a teacher’s resume. Schools in East Asia are desperate for TEFL teachers and many will even reimburse your plane ticket! When comparing OnTESOL’s free TEFL job placement assistance with TEFL internships, you can see that can earn up to three time as much working at a reputable language school.

More importantly, OnTESOL only works with world-renowned programs that will provide you with experience that is valuable anywhere in the world. You could grow within the organization, move to a country where teaching experience is required and wages are higher, or even teach immersion programs at home.

How Does OnTESOL’s Paid TEFL Jobs Compare with TEFL Internships?

OnTESOL’s Fully Paid Jobs in Thailand

TEFL Internships in Thailand

Salary: 30,000 Baht/month

Placement: Free job placement

TEFL Internship in Thailand by TEFL Academy

Salary: 30,000 Baht/month

Placement fee: 650 GBP

TEFL Internship in Thailand by Love TEFL

Salary: Not Advertised

Placement fee: $1,499

TEFL Internship in Thailand by I-to-I TEFL

Salary: 16,000 Baht / month

Placement fee: $2,399.00 (Includes $700 TEFL course, so you would be paying $1,700 to be placed in a TEFL job that pays half the minimum wage teachers earn in China)

OnTESOL’s Fully Paid TEFL Jobs in China

TEFL internships in China versus fully paid TEFL jobs

Salary: 7,000 – 9,000 RMB/month plus accommodation, airfare reimbursement, and other benefits.

Placement is free!

TEFL Internship in China by TEFL Academy

Salary: 2,000 RMB / month plus free accommodation and other benefits.

Placement is free.

TEFL Internship in China by Love TEFL

Salary: Not Advertised

Placement fee: $1799

TEFL Internship in China by I-to-I TEFL

Salary: 2,000RMB

Placement fee: $1,679.30 (Includes $700 TEFL course, so they charge you about $900 for a poorly paid TEFL job).

Fully Paid TEFL Jobs in Vietnam by OnTESOL

TEFL internships in Vietnam

Salary: USD1500 – USD2000/ month plus airfare, paid holidays, and other benefits.

Placement is free!

TEFL Internship in Vietnam by TEFL Academy

Salary: US$700 plus accommodation and other benefits.

Placement fee: 799 GBP

TEFL Internship in Vietnam by Love TEFL

Salary: Not Advertised

Placement fee: $1799

TEFL Internship in Vietnam by I-to-I TEFL

Salary: US$700 plus accommodation and other benefits.

Placement fee: $1,679.30 (Includes $700 TEFL course, so they charge you about $900 for a poorly paid TEFL job).

What About TEFL Internships in Latin America?

It is true that there aren’t any recruitment agencies operating in Latin America. This is because schools are generally small and cannot afford recruitment fees. In response, some of the course providers mentioned above are taking advantage of this situation and charging teachers hefty fees for TEFL internships in Latin America. We did some research and found that these TEFL internships give teachers an allowance between of $120 to $300 per month, which is ridiculous considering that real TEFL jobs in these countries pay between $700 to $1,200/month, depending on the number of hours you teach.

The placement fee that these TEFL internships charge is enough to cover two months of rent in Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, or Colombia. The best way to start your career is to go on your own when the hiring season starts, live at a hostel for a couple of weeks until you get a nice apartment, and find yourself a real TEFL job that pays an honest salary.