Short-Term English Teaching Opportunities Abroad
Short-term English teaching opportunities abroad

Upcoming Short-Term English Teaching Opportunities Abroad

Teaching English abroad is an amazing way to see the world and experience all that it has to offer. Every year people take the plunge and go abroad for a year or more to live and work in different countries around the world. Some people take a gap year to teach abroad between high school and university or between university and joining the workforce. Others graduate or quit their jobs and move abroad without ever looking back.

But what if you’re still in school and can’t go abroad for a full year? Or what if you want to test the waters before committing to teaching English in another country for a full year? If you’re looking to try out teaching English abroad or do some traveling during the summer months or a semester off, a short-term English teaching contract of 1-5 months abroad could be your best option.

Depending on your qualifications and the time of year, here are some possible places available through our Job Placement Service where you could be teaching for part of the upcoming year:

Short-term English teaching in Thailand

Thailand boasts more than just beaches and big cities. Tourist attractions such as the Grand Palace are a must-see for anyone teaching ESL in the country.


In Thailand, there are opportunities to teach English for one term in private or public elementary or secondary schools. Teachers can gain teaching experience with the guidance of Thai co-teachers while exploring the country’s sandy beaches and bustling cities, sampling its delicious food, and taking in its fascinating culture.

Contract Length: 4-5 months

Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree, TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate

Salary: 25,000-35,000 THB per month (755-1,060 USD per month)

Teaching Hours: 20-25 hours per week

Housing: Assistance in locating accommodations provided

Short-term English teaching in Costa Rica

Teaching English in Costa Rica is a great option for teachers who love tropical climates, warm beaches, and delicious food.

Costa Rica

Volunteers work with a community-developed, non-profit education center located in Zona de Los Santos, a mountainous region two hours south of San José, Costa Rica. The center provides English as a Foreign Language classes to students of all ages.

Contract Length: 3+ months

Minimum Requirements: B.Ed or bachelor’s degree in another field with teaching experience, TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate

Salary: Volunteer

Teaching Hours: 30 hours per week

Housing: Free home-stay with a local host family, room and board.

Short-term English teaching in Mexico

Mexico is a diverse country with something for everyone, from major cities like Mexico City, to beaches, rainforests, and deserts.


Short-term English teachers in Mexico have the opportunity to work with a private language institute helping the community in Tehuacan and Puebla learn English. All teachers are native speakers, making for an ideal community for recently certified and first-time teachers. Short-term English teaching in Mexico is a great chance to experience the country’s rich culture and diverse landscapes, while staying relatively close to home.

Contract Length: 4 months

Minimum Requirements: TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate

Salary: Stipend of 4,000 MXN per month (225 USD per month)

Teaching Hours: 25 hours per week

Housing: Free shared housing with other teachers

Short-term English teaching in Mexico

Cambodia is home to Angkor Wat, one of the world’s most fascinating heritage sites.


Volunteers work with a social enterprise in Phnom Penh, Cambodia‘s capital city, providing affordable English language classes to adult students from all walks of life. Profits from student fees are used to provide a sustainable source of funding for rural development projects, making it a great option for teachers interested in volunteering and making a difference while abroad.

Contract Length: 3 months

Minimum Requirements: TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate

Salary: Volunteer

Teaching Hours: 20 hours per week

Housing: Managed accommodation available at the cost of $725 for 3 month’s rent plus 3 meals per day. Assistance in finding independent accommodation is also available should teachers prefer to live externally at their own expense.

Short-term English teaching in Colombia

Colombia’s tropical landscape offers ample opportunities for ESL teachers to explore.


Short-term English teachers in Colombia have the opportunity to work as volunteers teaching at a language institute in the city of Ibagué, Colombia. On weekends, the school organizes sports and activities for teachers, along with opportunities to tour Colombia’s scenic locales.

Contract Length: 1-3 months

Minimum Requirements: TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certificate

Salary: Volunteer

Teaching Hours: 10 hours per week

Housing: Free hostel accommodations including one meal per day

As the demand for English teaching continues to grow, so do your opportunities to see world and experience new cultures while making a difference in people’s lives. Don’t miss out. Try it! You might just change your life.

Want to learn more about Teaching English abroad? Visit a free information session near you or download a free course guide.

Long-term and short-term English teaching opportunities abroad change depending on the position, country, and time of year, so it is important that Oxford Seminars Graduates contact their personal Job Placement Advisor for the most up-to-date list of opportunities and details about specific positions.


    • Cindy Roberts
    • December 29, 2017

    I would like to teach for Oxford Seminar. How would i go about applying for a position with your company. My Bachelor’s Degree is in English Language Learner Studies. I also have experience teaching on a college level.

    • Joyce Smith
    • December 30, 2017

    I have many years experience in Indonesia. Are you aware of opportunities on Java, central part. I would consider other areas such as Sumatera (Aceh) as I was there a full year following the Tsunami.

    • Joni Green
    • December 31, 2017

    I would like a French speaking country like France.

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