For many years, the myth that you must be degree qualified to teach English abroad has been scaring off potential TEFLers. While a rising number of destinations require degree holders to secure the correct work visa, there are loads of options for TEFL/TESOL teachers without a degree.
We’ve made job hunting easy with our TEFL Jobs Overview to help you decide what teaching destinations to apply for. You can compare locations by salary and requirements, with this information in hand you’re fully equipped to search for that perfect teaching job with more focus.
TEFL Tour around the Globe without a Degree
If you’re an EU citizen you’re entitled to work in any European Union country with no visa restrictions. So, for native English speakers of the UK or Ireland without a degree, neighbouring EU countries are ideal teaching destinations.
Spain is by far the most popular European country for native English speakers to teach in. Major cities such as Madrid and Barcelona have higher competition for jobs so consider looking at smaller towns or cities if you have little or no teaching experience.
Try a week long conversational teaching programme to see whether Spain is for you.
Russia is a country steeped history and intrigue. The contemporary culture and creativity of Russia is flourishing and it’s become a very popular TEFL destination for many. Check out a TEFL job in Russia.
Only a hop, skip and a jump from the UK and Ireland, France is a long standing tourist destination that’s embraced the English language hugely in recent years. Teaching kindergarten and teenagers in France on a contract between 4 – 10 months is a flexible way to launch your teaching career.
The demand for English teachers in China is phenomenal. There are more people learning English in China than there are living in the UK – fact! You’ll see job adverts for China that specify that a degree is required however there are many that don’t, especially in rural areas. Visa regulations in China change frequently so it’s best to check out the most up to date rules when applying for a position. View TEFL job in China.
These are just a few of the locations where you can teach English abroad without a degree. South American countries are also open to English teachers without a degree including Colombia and Ecuador, the job application process can be much more relaxed for Latin America and employers can often say come and see us when you get here. This is fine if you’re planning to travel there anyway, otherwise try to secure your job placement before leaving home.