Country Guides

Stuggling to decide where to teach? We understand. With so many options to choose from, narrowing it down to just one final destination can seem like an impossible task! This is a great place to learn more about all the countries where you can teach abroad through Footprints.

Check out our extensive guides on life, culture & teaching in each of these countries. And don't forget that, although you can only pick one to live in, you can absolutely visit many more while you're living abroad!

Country Guides
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South Korea

South Korea

South Korea is fast becoming one of the most popular places to teach English abroad and its not difficult to understand why.  For a relatively small country there is so much to discover. From bustling cities like Seoul and Busan to the hot springs of Sokcho, there is always something new to experience.

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UAE

UAE

Target of one of the world's biggest educational reforms, The UAE is a country located on the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by Oman and Saudi Arabia as well as the Persian Gulf and The Gulf of Oman. The UAE is made up of seven Emirates including Abu Dhabi (Largest & the capital) and Dubai.

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Great Wall of China

China

China is an ancient nation with a rich cultural history. It has grown into the second largest economy in the world, and has the largest population with 1.3 billion people. Salaries and teaching jobs in China are on the rise, and opportunities for either one-year contracts or careers are plentiful.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Now part of China, winner of the world’s greatest city distinction award, Hong Kong is a colourful, dynamic and fantastic place to teach abroad at. Fusing the Eastern and Western worlds together, Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan city with a tropical climate. Hong Kong’s downtown core, which encompasses steel skyscrapers, delicious cuisine, museums, festivals, incense-filled temples and markets, is only a 25-minute drive from beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and lush green mountains. 

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Kuwait

Oman

Oman is a country located on the Arabian Peninsula. Bordered by The UAE, Yemen, The Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea Oman has developed a unique culture all of its own. Because of its isolation, Omani culture is distinct from the neighbouring Gulf States and offers plenty of interesting experiences.

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Kuwait City

Kuwait

Kuwait, like many of its neighbouring countries, has been built from oil wealth. You can expect to find many Western amenities including shopping malls, luxury hotels and parks, but it is not as established as other Middle Eastern countries. There is also a vibrant expatriate community.

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Japan

Japan

Japan is a nation consisting of nearly 7000 islands off the coast of East Asia. It has 126 million citizens and is the third largest economy in the world. Its temperate climate means cool winters in the north and hot summers everywhere. Famous for foods like sushi, and technology, it is a nation where tradition and modernity collide. “The search for perfection” is what many say defines the Japanese culture. Teach English in Japan and become a part of it. Teaching English in Japan is a great way to experience this incredible country.

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Brunei

Brunei

Brunei, officially known as the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of peace, is an Islamic nation governed by a monarchy, located in Southeast Asia on the north coast of the island of Borneo. The official language is Malay, as Brunei borders Malaysia and Indonesia. However, English is widely spoken in the region as Brunei was a British protectorate up until the mid 1980’s.

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Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Malaysia

Malaysia is the most Southerly country of mainland South East Asia (excluding the city state of Singapore and the islands of Indonesia). Split between the mainland and the Malaysian Borneo, it is a nation of many cultures.

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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taiwan

Taiwan

Taiwan is off the coast of mainland China. It has a wonderful sub-tropical climate, an advanced industrial economy, wonderful landscapes, and vibrant cities. A hybridized culture exists incorporating many different beliefs mainly from China, but also from other parts of Asia and abroad.

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is one of the largest Gulf States and one of the most conservative in the region. Their education system is growing rapidly with foreign staffed universities all over the country. If you are looking for a unique cultural experience and a place to teach abroad and save some serious money, Saudi Arabia is the hot ticket, literally and figuratively. 

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Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

Qatar

Qatar is part of the Arabian Peninsula and is surrounded by water, with its sole land border being Saudi Arabia in the south. The peninsula is home to over two million people, with almost half of them living in capital city, Doha, which is the largest city of Qatar. The Qatari inhabitants are of Arabic origin and the culture is very much based on the Islamic tradition. Qataris are known for their generosity and friendliness, thus making Qatar a very welcoming country. 

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Dubai

Dubai

Teaching in Dubai is a great option for certified teachers for so many reasons! When you take into account the great economy, beautiful sunny weather, lively city and oppulent lifestyle its not difficult to understand why more and more people are dreaming of living in this wonderful city. 

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