For recent college graduates who have dreams of traveling around the world but think it would be too expensive, ESL teaching jobs overseas are a great option. There is a global demand for native English speakers to pass on the knowledge of their language to others who are eager to learn in order to advance in business or education. While it is true that not every nation has a market for ESL teachers, there are dozens of countries throughout the world that provide opportunities for teaching English as a second language (TESL).
Unlike normal vacationing, which typically lasts only a couple weeks, ESL teaching provides you with both the opportunity and the means to stay in a foreign country for an extended period of time. In fact, it is not at all uncommon for a teaching job to last an entire year. In most cases, ESL teaching jobs are paid and can be relied upon as a steady means of income. In addition, a large number of TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) teachers are able to make additional money by offering hourly tutoring sessions.
Of course, while a steady income will allow you to remain in a country for an extended period of time, it will not help you get into the country in the first place. The cost of airfare can be prohibitive, but fortunately there are many potential employers who are willing to help you pay for transportation costs. In some cases, airfare costs are completely covered by the employer.
Housing accommodations are treated similarly. Some employers will cover all accommodation costs, some will cover a portion, and others will not cover any of the costs. In general, the willingness of the employer to help with accommodations and transportation costs depends on the country. For example, in China these costs are generally included while teachers in Germany are expected to cover the costs themselves.
A final consideration for many potential ESL teachers is the availability of health care coverage. As with accommodations and transportation, whether or not health care is included as a part of a teaching contract largely depends on the country. In some countries, all health care costs are covered by the employer, in others only a portion is covered, and there are some in which the entire cost of health care is paid by the teacher.