Teach in Laos
International schools, colleges, and language institutions all provide teach abroad opportunities in Laos for licensed teachers and ESL students. International school teaching jobs in Laos are often in IB schools.
Teaching jobs in Laos
Options for teaching jobs in Laos range from teaching English in colleges or language institutions to classroom teaching in Vientiane’s international schools. Licensed teachers hoping to teach in Laos can apply for teaching jobs in international schools, where IB training is an asset.
ESL teachers can teach English in Laos by applying for teaching jobs in colleges or ESL schools. Instructors are highly encouraged to complete a TEFL course before applying for jobs, as being TEFL certified can increase the chances of successfully finding a job, as well as teachers’ salary prospects when in Laos.
Teaching in Laos - Hiring
A typical school year in an international school in Laos will generally run from August to June. However, hiring for teaching jobs in Laos occurs year-round. Teachers who are interested in teaching in Laos in the future should create a profile here.
Living in Laos
Though Laos PDR officially stands for “Lao People’s Democratic Republic,” many joke that the acronym stands for “Laos – Please Don’t Rush.” Laos is known as one of the most relaxed countries in the world, and its easy-going residents greet foreign residents happily. Teachers looking for a warm climate with beautiful outdoor activities may want to consider teaching in small, friendly Laos.
TEFL Certification for Private School Teachers
Many private schools in Laos require applicants to possess a TEFL certificate. The University of Toronto’s TEFL Online Certificate can help you become a leading candidate for some of the top Laotian private school positions.
Laos at a Glance
Capital - Vientiane
Language - Lao
Population - 6.5 million
Currency - Kip (LAK)
Government - Single-party state
- Laos is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the country's northwest, Vietnam to its east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west.
- The Laotian New Year celebration is a 3-day-long festival held from April 13 to 15.
- Laos’ biggest agricultural export is coffee.
- At around 2,703 miles, the Mekong River is the twelfth longest river in the world and the seventh longest in Asia. It flows through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
- Laos was once called Lan Xang, which means “kingdom of a million elephants.”
- Laos’ national sport is Kator, which is similar to volleyball but the players use their feet instead of their hands to get the ball over the net.