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5 Stunning and Inexpensive Countries for Teaching English in Asia

If you want to teach abroad, but you're concerned about money Asia is the place for you. High pay, low cost of living, and other benefits await!

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A big concern for a lot of people when they decide to pursue teaching abroad is money. Most countries will pay you enough to live comfortably in your town. But, not every school will pay you enough to save money or send money home to pay off debts, like student loans. If this is a concern for you, Asia is a great place to teach abroad.

Many Asian countries have high pay and low cost of living. Some schools offer added benefits of free housing or flight reimbursement. Keep reading below for our top five recommendations!

Note: all numbers are estimates based on time of writing. Actual figures and benefits will vary based on employer, experience, qualifications, etc.

Japan

If you want to teach abroad, but you're concerned about money Asia is the place for you. High pay, low cost of living, and other benefits await!

Estimated Salary: $2500-3000 USD per month

Japan has an extremely competitive job market, so previous teaching experience is a plus. One popular teaching initiative is the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) program. Make sure you follow the eligibility and application guidelines.

Stay out of the city for a lower cost of living without sacrificing average pay. Great public transportation options throughout the country make exploring other cities very accessible.



South Korea

If you want to teach abroad, but you're concerned about money Asia is the place for you. High pay, low cost of living, and other benefits await!

Estimated Salary: $2000-2500 USD per month

Schools often come with attractive benefits packages. These can include 2-4 weeks paid vacation, paid housing, travel reimbursement, and more.

Korea is a more homogenous culture than others in the region. It has fewer international food and entertainment options than other Asian countries. You’ll likely also receive more stares as a foreigner than you would elsewhere. Many of my fellow teachers in Taiwan taught in Korea before and greatly disliked it because of this. Make sure you do your research on the lifestyle of whatever country you choose.

Vietnam

If you want to teach abroad, but you're concerned about money Asia is the place for you. High pay, low cost of living, and other benefits await!

Estimated Salary: $1500-2000 USD per month

Don’t be fooled by the lower salary in Vietnam. It’s offset by a very low cost of living. Vietnam is also one of the fastest growing job markets in Asia for TEFL. Many schools offer short work hours, giving you more time to travel and explore the country while you’re there!

Fill up on Phở and spring rolls while you wander night markets. And feel like a high roller when you get your paycheck for millions of Vietnamese Dong – $1 USD is over $2 million VND!

China

If you want to teach abroad, but you're concerned about money Asia is the place for you. High pay, low cost of living, and other benefits await!

Estimated Salary: $1800-2000 USD per month

English teachers are in extremely high demand in China. There are more people in China trying to learn English than there are native English speakers in the world! You won’t find another country with jobs as readily available as here.

Make sure you do research on the lifestyle you’ll have once you move. The “Great Fire Wall” will block access to many websites you use regularly, like Facebook and Google. This can make communication with friends and family back home more difficult.

Taiwan

If you want to teach abroad, but you're concerned about money Asia is the place for you. High pay, low cost of living, and other benefits await!

Estimated Salary: $1500-2000 USD per month

Of course, I’m biased on my favoritism for Taiwan, but you can’t argue with living at the same latitude as Jamaica! This beautiful island has sprawling night markets, beautiful beaches, and lush tropical mountains.

Related: 3 Things to Know Before You Go to Taiwan

Besides the beauty, there are many financial benefits to working in Taiwan. Many schools offer 1-month bonus after contract completion. Health insurance is included and copays at the doctor are only $150 NTD ($5 USD). If you fall in love with Taiwan, you can receive a PARC (Permanent Alien Residence Card) after working for 5 consecutive years.

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A big concern for a lot of people when they decide to pursue teaching abroad is money. Most countries will pay you enough to live comfortably in your town. But, not every school will pay you enough to save money or send money home to pay off debts, like student loans. If this is a concern for you, Asia is a great place to teach abroad. Check out the top 5 places to teach English in Asia now at Caffeine and Roses A big concern for a lot of people when they decide to pursue teaching abroad is money. Most countries will pay you enough to live comfortably in your town. But, not every school will pay you enough to save money or send money home to pay off debts, like student loans. If this is a concern for you, Asia is a great place to teach abroad. Check out the top 5 places to teach English in Asia now at Caffeine and Roses

 

2 thoughts on “5 Stunning and Inexpensive Countries for Teaching English in Asia”

  1. Ugh..now I want to teach in all of them cause it all sounds good!
    Actually Vietnam & China would be my first choices though the “Great Fire Wall” does seem a bit daunting to overcome if you are living there and wanting to do more than just teach, like blog.
    The South Korea aspect actually seems more appealing to me because I would want to get lost in their culture if I was just doing a 1 year stint. I guess its because the big cities in places like Japan or Taiwan are just big metros and I am not a big city fan in general. But I guess it is different if you are there for longer than a month.
    Love that you even found the extra benefits like health insurance too. This is a great guide.
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    1. Glad you enjoyed, Eric! If you aren’t big on the hustle and bustle of Taipei, we love teaching in Kaohsiung on the south of Taiwan. There’re also great opportunities in towns like Tainan and Chiayi

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