5 of the Best Places to Make Money Teaching Abroad

Make money teaching abroad

Yes, you can teach abroad and earn and earn a high salary! Learn more about teaching English in the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Canada, Germany, and China.

United Arab Emirates

Teach abroad in Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates is the highest paying country in the TESOL industry. You can teach at a language academy, the Abu Dhabi public school system called ADEC, at secondary or post-secondary institutions with ADVETI, or even business people in the oil industry.

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Salaries in the UAE

Language school: Earn $2,500-$4,000/month plus housing and other benefits. All you need to get a job at a language school in the UAE is a BA, an advanced TESOL certificate, and one to two years of teaching experience.

ADEC: Earn $3,500-$5,500/month plus housing, airfare, and other benefits. You need a Bachelor’s degree, a teaching license, a TESOL certificate of at least 120 hours if you are planning to teach ESL, and a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience.

ADVETI: Earn $4,000-$6,000/month plus housing, airfare, school allowance, and other benefits. Bachelor’s degree plus teaching license (MA in Education preferred), an advanced TESOL certificate, and a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience.

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Hong Kong

Teach abroad in Hong KongHong Kong is a great place to pursue a teaching career. It has a large market of ESL institutes that seeks highly qualified teachers on a monthly basis and a public school system that is world-renowned.

Salaries in Hong Kong:

Language school teacher: Earn $2,500-$4,000/month plus housing and other benefits. A BA degree and a 120-hour TEFL certificate are required for private school jobs. A minimum of 1 year of teaching experience is preferred.

NET teacher (Public schools): Earn $3,500-$7,000/month plus housing, airfare, and other benefits. Candidates must have a BA degree and a valid teaching license. A MA degree in Education is preferred. An accredited TESOL Diploma with Practicum is also required (Ei: TESL Canada, Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA).


Teach English in CanadaCanada has the largest immersion ESL industry in the world. Earn $20 to $45 an hour teaching English in Canada! If you are a native English speaker, all you need to work at a language school is a BA and TESL Canada certification. Teaching experience is not required, but it is preferred because large pools of candidates have had experience teaching abroad.

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Teach abroad in GermanyGermany is the best European country for teaching English. New ESL teachers start at 20 Euro an hour and a EU passport is not required to obtain the work visa, so Germany is the top country for North American teachers who want to teach abroad. All you need to apply for jobs is a university degree and a valid TESOL certification (See TESOL Certification Germany).

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Teach abroad in ChinaThe ESL market in China continues to grow rapidly and salaries have quadrupled since 2005. While new teachers go teach in rural areas earn as little as $500/month, experienced teachers in the big cities earn anywhere from $2,500 to $4,000 per month. A BA degree and an accredited TESOL certificate are required in China.

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