10 Best Countries to Teach English Abroad and Save Money

Updated: Sep 14, 2021

Teaching abroad is one of the best ways to save money! You can't really compare teaching locations and say one is better than the other, because they all have their pros and cons. BUT, you can look at your options and see which countries will allow you to save the most money on average. Take a look at the average salary, benefits, cost of living, and monthly savings in these 10 countries below! (All prices are in USD. Not all companies/schools will offer these benefits or salary, this is just the average for that country)


10. Malaysia

Salary: $1,200-$2,300

Benefits: Housing allowance, flights, health insurance, & end-of-contract bonus

Cost of living (excluding rent): $600-$1,000

Monthly savings: $200-$1,700


9. Vietnam

Salary: $1,900-$2,200

Benefits: Housing allowance, flights, health insurance, & end-of-contract bonus

Cost of living (excluding rent): $650-900

Monthly savings: $1,000-$1,550


8. Taiwan

Salary: $2,000-$2,400

Benefits: Free housing, flights, health insurance, & end-of-contract bonus

Cost of living (excluding rent): $500-$1,500

Monthly savings: $500-$1,900


7. South Korea

Salary: $1,800-$2,700

Benefits: Free housing, flights, health insurance, & end-of-contract bonus

Cost of living (excluding rent): $800-$1,200

Monthly savings: $600-$1,900


6. Oman

Salary: $2,000-$3,500

Benefits: Free housing, flights, health insurance, & end-of-contract bonus

Cost of living (excluding rent): $800-$1,500

Monthly savings: $500-$2,700



5. China

Salary: $1,500-$4,500

Benefits: Free housing, flights, health insurance, & end-of-contract bonus

Cost of living (excluding rent): $600-$1,200

Monthly savings: $900-$3,300


4. Kuwait

Salary: $2,600-$4,000

Benefits: Free housing, flights, health insurance, & end-of-contract bonus

Cost of living (excluding rent): $650-$1,600

Monthly savings: $1,000-$3,350


3. Saudi Arabia

Salary: $2,600-$4,000

Benefits: Free housing, flights, health insurance, & end-of-contract bonus

Cost of living (excluding rent): $700-$1,200

Monthly savings: $1,400-$3,300


2. United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Salary: $2,400-$5,700

Benefits: Free housing, flights, health insurance, & end-of-contract bonus

Cost of living (excluding rent): $1,500-$2,250

Monthly savings: $900-$3,450


1. Kazakhstan

Salary: $3,000-$5,000

Benefits: Housing allowance, flights, & health insurance

Cost of living (excluding rent): $800-$1,500

Monthly savings: $1,500-$3,500


Photo credits

6. Oman: Wander-Lush

4. Kuwait:Bader Al Hattab

3: Saudi Arabia: Shutterstock

2. UAE: Mark Meyer

1. Kazakhstan: Alexandr Kuznetsov


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