ACE Job Centre - Country Profiles

Country Profiles

Before applying for an English language teaching position, it is important to do your research. The profile of each country below will provide you with some basic information so that you can start to ask the right questions before embarking on your adventure.

  • Australia, Ireland and the UK
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • China
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Mexico
  • Brazil


Australia, Ireland, the UK

Australia, Ireland and the UK are very similar to Canada in terms of where you can teach English. There are teaching positions in private language schools, colleges and universities. The peak season for English language teaching in Ireland and the UK is similar to that in Canada, from June through to September. Australia has another peak season in their summer, from December through February.

If you have an EU passport, you can find work in the UK or Ireland without having to secure a visa. The Student Work Abroad Program (SWAP) is another option for securing permission to work in Australia, Ireland, the UK, and New Zealand. See the SWAP website at for eligibility criteria and information on the application process.



Japan employs thousands of English language teachers each year. The best jobs are secured through the numerous agencies catering to this market. These agencies are very well represented in North America and can easily be found through the web or branch offices in all major urban centers.

In most cases, airfare, holidays and health care benefits are provided so please ask about them before you sign a contract. There are also many tutoring opportunities in Japan through which teachers can make extra money. Teachers are hired throughout the year, although there is a peaking in April, the start of the Japanese school year.

Teaching Requirements:

 University degree and TESOL Certification

Average Contract: One Year
Monthly Salary: 260,000 JPY ($3,300)
Private Tutoring:

3,000 to 6,000 JPY/hour ($38 to $76/hour)

Cost of Living: 84,000 to 125,000 JPY/month ($1,100-$1600/month)
Teaching Hours:

 25-40 per week


 not paid for, but deposit often paid by the school



South Korea

South Korea is another very popular destination for English language teachers due to incredible demand. South Korea also has lots of agencies and representatives in North America. They are very helpful in pre-arranging contracts. Accommodation, airfare, health insurance and vacation pay are usually provided. The government has become stricter about teachers taking on extra work outside of the work indicated on their visa. Be careful when taking on private tutoring work for this reason. Hiring takes place all year long, peaking from January to April.

Teaching Requirements: University Degree and TESOL Certification
Average Contract: One Year
Monthly salary:

1.5 to 2.0 million KRW ($1,400-$1,900)

Private Tutoring: 25,000-40,000 KRW/hour ($22-$37)
Cost of Living:  260,000-780,000 KRW/month ($239-$717)
Teaching Hours: 25-30 per week  25-30 per week
Housing: Usually provided




China is becoming an increasingly popular destination and has the most teaching opportunities of any country. Most postings for China are advertised on the web or are circulated through word of mouth. Hiring takes place all year, peaking in September.

Teaching Requirements:

University degree and TESOL Certification

Average Contract: One Year
 Monthly salary: 2,600-6,000 CNY ($400-$900)
Private tutoring: 200-240 CNY/hour ($30-$35)
Cost of Living: 600-1,200 CNY/month ($90-$180)
Teaching Hours: 15-25 hours/week
Housing: Usually Provided



Central and Eastern Europe

Many recruitment agencies in North America are going after the Central and East European market. With TESOL Certification you can arrange for the best jobs in advance. Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic are the most popular locations. There are jobs in private language schools, the public school system, colleges and universities. The Czech Republic is profiled below.


Czech Republic

There are many English Language Teaching jobs are in the Czech Republic. Some assistance is offered with accommodation and there is some holiday pay. Health care coverage varies. The peak hiring times are in January and September.

Teaching Requirements: University degree and TESOL Certification, Some teaching experience is preferred
Average Contract: One Year
Monthly Salary: 8,000-20,000 CZK/month ($800-$1100)
Private Tutoring:

200-300 CZK /hour ($11-$17)

Cost of Living:

6,000-16,000 CZK/month ($340-$900)

Teaching Hours: 25 hours/week

Usually paid by employee




There are lots of jobs in Latin American countries but Mexico is the largest market. Many jobs can be arranged in advance. Teachers pay their own airfare but the employer sometimes provides housing. Contract length varies and teaching requirements are often more flexible. There is also large variability for additional benefits.

Teaching Requirements: TESOL Certification
Average Contract: Variable
 Monthly Salary: 4,500-7,000 MXN/month ($350-$550)
Private Tutoring: 45-110 MXN/hour ($3.50-$9)
Cost of Living: 3,000 MXN/month ($240)
Teaching Hours: 25 hours/week
Accommodation: Usually provided




There are many opportunities in Brazil but as in all South American countries caution must be exercised. Try to pre-arrange employment with a reputable agency to avoid problems. Private companies, which pay better, are increasingly hiring teachers from abroad.

Teaching Requirements: TESOL Certification
 Average Contract: One to two years
Monthly Salary: 3,500-6000 BRL ($1000-$2500)
Private Tutoring: 30-100 BRL/hour ($18-$60)
Cost of Living: 1,200-1,800 BRL/month ($700-$1100)
Teaching Hours: 25 hours/week

Assisted by employer