Brief guide to start teaching Spanish online in these countries

English is the common language in most business sectors, and the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) industry is thriving. However, did you know that, in the US, there are around 40.5 million Spanish speakers? This is more than in Spain, with Spanish being the most common foreign language. This number is estimated to grow exponentially, expecting to reach almost 140 million speakers by 2050. In addition, Spanish is, by far, the most studied second language in the US. This means that, if you already are a language teacher, or you are thinking of becoming one, your Spanish language skills can be an added bonus.

If you are proficient in Spanish and English, you could consider a teaching career that allows you to work online, planning your timetable around your personal commitments with the flexibility to teach from wherever in the world - or from the comfort of your own sofa!

If you need to get your Spanish up to scratch, you could teach English while living in a Spanish speaking country. In this way, you would be earning while travelling and improving your foreign language skills. Are you interested? Take a look at which countries would allow you to do just that.


Spain is one of the top destinations for expats and tourists in general. Most of all, this country is a sought-after destination for English teachers. Its popularity is due to Spain’s geographical position, which offers a range of climate zones, making it a great country for everyone. Another reason why Spain is a lovely place to live in is its vibrant lifestyle, mouth-watering food, and friendly locals. It’s easy to make friends there - there’s no better way to practice your language skills!

Spain is a safe country to live in and travel, even on your own, and it is as expensive or affordable as you want to make it. Living in large cities is more expensive than living in rural villages, but there are more teaching opportunities there, and the salaries are higher.

Costa Rica

In Costa Rica you will experience the ‘pura vida’. Just like one of the locals, you will learn to slow down and put your hectic and chaotic lifestyle behind you. At the same time, you will become more aware of all the beautiful things that life has to offer and, in doing so, you will reconnect with nature and your inner self. However, this peaceful country is far from boring. If you fancy some adventure, visit a volcano. Are you craving to be in contact with nature? Visit one of Costa Rica’s astonishing national parks. If you just want to relax, head to the beach. Just imagine - you could improve your Spanish in such wonderful surroundings!

To find an English teaching job in Costa Rica, you will need a university degree and a 120-hour TEFL certificate. Although previous teaching experience isn’t necessary, it is highly desirable. Salaries here aren’t very high, but teachers will find their role in this country extremely rewarding, knowing that you are having a huge impact in the future of your students.


Mexico’s economy heavily relies on tourism and international trade and it is considered a developing economy. English language skills are required for business in a wide variety of fields. For this reason, English is taught in schools and an increasing number of adults are investing in language courses in the hope to further and improve their current or future careers. This means that TEFL teachers are highly sought-after.

Previous teaching experience is not necessary to find a TEFL job in Mexico. This could be a great starting point where you can develop your teaching skills as well as your Spanish. A university degree, although preferred, isn’t essential to find a teaching job here, unless you want to teach at a university.

A tourist visa is required to visit and travel around Mexico, but to legally work there you need an FM3 visa. As you will be working as a teacher of English, you will require a TEFL qualification to apply for your work visa and you should have already obtained a job offer from an employer in the form of a letter on official letterhead from the institution.

The cost of living in Mexico is relatively low, which is reflected on the salaries. However, if you are careful with your money, life here can be very affordable. In Mexico city, for example, you could rent a lovely house for around €2,000 per month or share a stylish apartment for just €200.

Although there will be more TEFL opportunities in large urban areas, you will find plenty of teaching jobs in rural areas too. These are ideal locations if you want to immerse yourself in Mexican culture and want to meet locals. This is important, if you want to brush up your Spanish!

As in most Latin American countries, online applications and interviews are not very common in Mexico. It is recommended that you do your research before you leave your home country and start applying as soon as you get to your destination, with a hardcopy of your CV. Be prepared to attend face-to-face interviews, and remember to dress appropriately for the occasion.


There must be more than one reason why Colombia is considered one of the happiest countries in the world. One of these is its friendly population: ideal to make friends and practise your Spanish! This country is working hard to develop its economy and, as a result, the TEFL industry there is thriving.

Just like in Mexico, a university degree is not necessary to teach English in Colombia, although it would be an advantage. The cost of living here is very low and, as a TEFL teacher, you could earn anything between $500 - $1,050 USD, depending on where you are based and who you work for.

Say HOLA to teaching Spanish AND English

If you are planning on teaching abroad or online and you are fluent in English and Spanish, make the most of it. There are plenty of language schools across the globe that will appreciate bilingual (or multilingual!) teachers.





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