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2 esl teachers on ha long bay applying for esl teaching jobs now that borders are re opening

ESL is back! 

While we’ve been quietly adapting to the new world of online teaching and living, travel borders have been slowly opening back up. Things are looking good.

This is excellent news for travelers. 

If you’re an ESL teacher experiencing Zoom fatigue or sitting on your passport and waiting for the right opportunity to start traveling, this is your green light to begin applying for teaching roles abroad.

Here are a few ESL jobs we think you will love. (We’ll update this post as more opportunities arise!)

Teaching jobs in Japan

Update (September 2022): Japan has had a recent surge in hiring. If this isn’t a sign to apply, I don’t know what is. These are the 8 best programs in Japan (not just Jet!).

Japan’s PM announced an easing of immigration and travel rules. Certain countries are exempt from taking PCR tests upon landing if you’re fully vaccinated.

Check your country’s requirements to work and travel in Japan:

NOVA Japan

NOVA Japan is a private English school that offers a variety of opportunities for ESL teachers in Japan. There are more than 250 branches across Japan, which means you have a good chance of working in the city or region of your choice. 

NOVA Japan caters to students of all speaking levels. If you happen to speak French, German, Chinese, or Korean fluently, you may be able to take advantage of even more opportunities with NOVA through the Multimedia Center in Osaka.

Currently hiring:

English Instructors

Working with NOVA:

  • Hiring fluent English language instructors across Japan
  • Requires Bachelor’s degree
  • Teach English to students of all levels
  • Flight covers up to approx. USD$745 (100,000 yen)
  • Includes company-arranged studio apartments
  • Group class sizes max. 4 for adult classes, and 8 max. for NOVA Junior classes (ages 3 to 12)
  • Paid transportation to and from work
  • Visa sponsorship available

More school recommendations in Japan:

We recommend these schools for ESL teachers looking for teaching jobs in Japan. Check back for new ESL teacher roles coming up soon!


Based in Shinjuku, Gaba is a 1-to-1 English teaching school. English teachers at Gaba are more like independent contractors. So if you feel empowered to set yourself up and get started, Gaba is your best bet.

Benesse BE studio

Based in Shibuya, Benesse BE studio operates in over 1,700 schools across Japan. Benesse’s English learning programs are fun and interactive activity-based lessons for students of all ages. Class sizes are small, up to 8 students. So if small class sizes are where your teaching skills shine, Benesse may be the one for you. 

Teaching jobs in South Korea

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccinated travelers from all countries can enter South Korea without a quarantine period of 7 days. However, a negative coronavirus test is still required for entry.

Check your country’s requirements to work and travel in South Korea:

More school recommendations in South Korea:

We recommend these schools for ESL teachers looking for teaching jobs in South Korea. Check back for new ESL teacher roles coming up soon!

Aclipse (formerly ChungDahm Learning) 

Aclipse is a private education company in South Korea that caters to English language learners in grades K-12. Opening in Seoul in 1998, ChungDahm now has 200 schools across the globe as well as three premium brands: Chungdahm Institute, April Institute, and i-Garten.

So if you’re looking for a range of roles to work within the K-12 education space, Aclipse is for you.

Teaching jobs in Vietnam

Schools in Vietnam are rescaling, offering new opportunities for teachers to work and travel in Vietnam. As a result, a surge in opportunities has led to high demand for teachers in Vietnam. 

Check your country’s requirements to work and travel in Vietnam:

Apollo English 

Apollo English was established in 1995 and continues to create generations of confident students. In addition, teachers can work with students of varying levels, ages, and cultures, in multicultural teams to enhance their skills and repertoires. 

Apollo includes Covid coverage in their health insurance package.

Currently hiring:

TEFL Teachers

Working with Apollo English (aka Apollo Education and Training Organization Vietnam):

  • Hiring 10 English language teachers
  • Requires Bachelor’s degree
  • Requires TEFL certification
  • Teach English to students of all levels
  • Includes a 7-day hotel stay upon arrival and assistance in finding accommodations
  • Paid time off and an additional 12 paid holidays
  • Health Insurance package including COVID coverage 

More school recommendations in Vietnam:

We recommend these schools for ESL teachers looking for teaching jobs in Vietnam. Check back for new ESL teacher roles coming up soon!


Vinschool is a not-for-profit K-12 education system. As a result, 100 percent of the profits made by Vinschool are re-invested into Vinschool’s network of non-profit operations. 

Vinschool’s vision is to provide its students access to international curricula taught by professors and industry experts worldwide. If this sounds like you, Vinschool may soon have an opening for you.

Language Link Vietnam

Language Link Vietnam has been steadily growing into a leading education system for the past 20 years.

Teaching jobs in China

As of June 20, Chinese embassies are beginning to accept visa applications, including the Z work visa.

China will waive the government-issued invitation letter (PU letter) that foreigners must have to apply for certain types of visas, including the Z work visa.

Travel regulations to arrive in China vary from country to country, so be sure to check your country’s requirements to work and travel in China:

Giraffe Inspire

Giraffe Inspire is an English language school catering to students between the ages of 3 to 12 years old.

Initially established in Taiwan in 1986, Giraffe English has expanded to over 700 schools across Taiwan. Giraffe first opened its doors in Shanghai in 2009 and now has over 140 schools across Mainland China.

Currently hiring:

ESL Teachers

Working with Giraffe Inspire:

  • Earn between $2,900USD – $3,500USD a month
  • Includes 1-way flight reimbursement to Shanghai
  • Includes 2 weeks of hotel accommodation upon arrival
  • Requires Bachelor’s degree
  • Requires TEFL certification
  • Must be fluent in English

Teaching jobs in Spain

Travelers arriving in Spain from the EU are no longer subject to Covid entry restrictions. 

Travelers arriving from elsewhere in the world must either provide a certificate proving full vaccination, a negative PCR or rapid antigen test, or a certificate of recovery.

Check your country’s requirements to work and travel in Spain:

RVF International

RVF is an international education and exchange company based in Madrid, Spain. RVF’s program will assist and guide ESL teachers looking for a teaching job in Spain.  

If you’re looking for a teaching job that can offer a 4-day work week, health insurance, and future opportunities, RVF is the best place to get started.

Currently hiring:

English Language Assistants

Working with RVF International:

  • No prior teaching experience is required
  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree
  • Earn between €700EUR to €1,000EUR per month ($740USD to $1,058USD)
  • Hiring English Language Assistants 
  • Connects you with a Language Assistant position in Spain
  • Assists you with the registration/application process
  • Helps you with the entire process of securing your Spanish visa
  • Assists you with opening a bank account, getting situated and getting legal residency in Spain (continued availability throughout the entire program.)

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