8 Best Programs for Teaching English Abroad

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Whether it’s the superb ratio of value to cost, the awesome locations, the flexibility of course options...these hot teaching English abroad programs have been well reviewed (and well-loved!) by past teachers on GoAbroad.com. As your resource for finding up-to-date information on the best teach English abroad programs, we’ve brought you this shortlist of opportunities to bookmark and jump start your search!

Afterall, finding English teaching jobs abroad isn’t as easy as it sounds. It takes diligent research, more phone calls than you care to make, sussing out all options, and then finally picking a favorite and taking that leap of faith. As you walk into your classroom on that first day — and your first student smiles back or gets that almost-too-tough question correctly — you’ll know all the work you put in to get trained and find the perfect teaching program was worth it.

In no particular order, here are the best teach English abroad programs — the kind that will set you up to get a TEFL certificate before you teach abroad (so we know your students will walk away more proficient and confident in their English skills than ever!).

The Language House TEFL — Czech Republic

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The best lesson plan? One that leaves room for laughter.

The Language House TEFL bills itself as an American owned, Prague based teach abroad company with worldwide connections. After completing your four week intensive course, you can take your freshly minted TEFL certification and hightail it to all corners of the planet. Now the real question remains: goulash or schnitzel for your post-class refuel?

50 Reviews, 9.8 Overall Rating
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Maximo Nivel — Costa Rica, Guatemala, & Peru

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Equip students with more than words and grammar rules.

Itching to head south to work abroad as an English teacher? These are the cats you should call. Just shy of fifteen years old, Maximo Nivel is the go-to company when it comes to programs to teach English abroad in Latin America. Programs range from a four week TEFL course to an accelerated hybrid TEFL course, or even online TEFL certification. Alternatively, you can choose to specialize from the onset and get trained specifically in teaching business English or prepping students for international exams.

423 Reviews, 9.62 Overall Rating
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Premier TEFL — Everywhere

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Get to know your students inside and outside of the classroom.

Want to know how Premier TEFL makes our hearts swoon? Paid. TEFL. Internships. Beyond the normal slew of high-quality online TEFL courses (which can be done part-time over three months!), you can also opt to do a *paid* TEFL course in Thailand, Spain, China, or Colombia (the list goes on!). No wonder it’s considered one of the best teach English abroad programs!

91 Reviews, 9.52 Overall Rating
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TEFL Worldwide Prague — Czech Republic

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There’s no stopping your students from putting a smile on your face!

Got four weeks to spare and a love for fairytale cities? Refining your teaching skills in Prague is your best bet. Job guidance spans before, during, and after your completion of the 120 hour course, and their network spans the globe to ensure you can tack on a new adventure once you turn your TEFL tassel.

80 Reviews, 9.71 Overall Rating
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International TEFL & TESOL Training — Worldwide

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Trade in your boring, dark hallways for these sunshine-filled ones.

International TEFL and TESOL Training (ITTT) offers online courses, in-person courses, and combo courses to fit any aspiring ESL teachers’ needs. In class courses range from the USA to Europe (multiple countries), Asia (multiple countries) and Costa Rica. Dust off that passport — and that piggy bank — because as one of the best teach English abroad programs, ITTT can put you on the right track.

16 Reviews, 9.5 Overall Rating
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i-to-i TEFL — Multiple Destinations

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Reject the apathetic stereotypes as even high school students show off their culture to you.

When I think of quality, I think of i-to-i TEFL. With extensive networks (including 300 partner schools and institutions), not to mention a hot-hot-hot jobs board boasting 500+ open English teacher positions daily, it’s not hard to see why i-to-i TEFL is a fan-favorite. You can even check out their website for a free downloadable ebook on teaching English as a foreign language!

3 Reviews, 9.33 Overall Rating
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International TEFL Academy  — The World Over

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Love your students in the front row and the back row just the same.

International TEFL Academy (ITA) is a heavy-hitter and a popular choice amongst future ESL teachers abroad. ITA offers accredited TEFL classes in 25 locations around the world — including their HQ offices in Chicago, IL, USA — not to mention their part-time online classes. Upon completion, you’ll get hooked up with job advice in nearly any destination your verb-agreement-loving heart desires.

3 Reviews, 9.33 Overall Rating
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Entrust TEFL — Thailand

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It’s easy to go to work when it’s wrapped up in what you love.

One of my favorite parts about Entrust TEFL? Rolling admission. The Entrust TEFL courses start on the first Monday of every month and they accept both native and non-native speakers of English. Get your feet wet with your TEFL classmates in the classroom before taking it the real world in Chiang Mai or Krabi. Teaching English jobs in Thailand never looked so good!

2 Reviews, 10 Overall Rating
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Sign up for the best teach English abroad programs!

The only thing between you and an international paycheck is the click of a mouse. Reach out to any of these top teach abroad organizations to get the ball rolling on your life abroad filled with work and travel. Once you nail down a teaching English abroad program that is a good fit for you, then the fun can really start — daydreaming breakfasts, vistas, photo op’s, and friendships, of course!

For more top teach English abroad programs, check out our official list of top rated programs of 2016.

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