As an English speaker who can read and write, who can use a computer and the internet, employers will fight over who gets to hire you. They need your skills, because no one else has them. The supply of capable English teachers is immensely low and the demand in most places is infinitely high. So high that even the very under qualified can get a good paying English teaching job. (That is assuming your not applying in a country where everyone already speaks English)
A friend of mine, Patrick, first contacted me online with couchsurfing.org . He asked if I thought he could get an English teaching job in Cambodia. He was still in the USA when he asked and I guaranteed him a job. Why? Because like I just said, if you can speak and write, you can find a job. Well that and the week before he emailed me I went to a school and applied, within one hour they had hired me and gave me classes for all the hours I requested.
This is what Patrick has to say about his job seeking in Cambodia:
It was kind of a spur of a moment thing. I knew I wanted to move somewhere and teach English. I decided South East Asia would be the most interesting. Then I went online did a few hours of research, and decided I would like Cambodia the best. It was based on pay, lack of TOSOL(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate, and my personal interests. Then I asked you, you confirmed it and that’s about all I got. I made the decision in under 36 hours.
Patrick came to Cambodia, stayed with me, and went looking for a job. He got 4 jobs offers from going out for a day of job hunting. In the end he choose to work for Pannasastra university at 10$ an hour, 23 hours a week. So he only made 230$ a week (no taxes to eat away his pay check) but in Cambodia that was a hell of a lot of money. At $100 you live better then the locals. At $300 you live like a king. At 500 a god. At $1000, well you figure that out.
Patrick was a native English teacher with a diploma, so yes those factors helped him get a job. But even if you are not a native English speaker, have no degree or no experience, you can still get a great job.
If you are a native English speaker, you know the language; you grew up knowing it, and the little you don’t know about grammar you can learn as you teach. My sister came to Cambodia in the summer of 2012, she was 20, hadn’t finished her bachelors degree and she had never taught English, but she went to the biggest provider of English teaching jobs in Cambodia, and took her resume with her. She was quickly ushered to see the head of the English department, and then within 10 minutes she had a job teaching English part time, just as she wanted.
If you are not a native English speaker but you know English, than you know the grammar and the language better then most native speakers. Yes your pronunciation might be a bit off, and you might not know all the words, but still, because demand is so high, you can easily get a job. My friend Pavel, a polish man who learned English in India couchsurfed with me, and almost no one understood him (including my sister). His accent was odd and he almost never used articles: “the”, “a”, and “an”, and his vocabulary was short a few thousand words. But he told the locals he knew English, and they believed him. He ended up getting a job in Phnom Penh teaching English. He got free housing and 700$ per month.
Why? Because demand is a hell of a lot higher than supply when it comes to teachers. This is why everyone who can speak a few words of English is guaranteed an English teaching job in almost any non-English speaking country in the world. As for Pavel, he has been teaching English for a few years now, thanks to the lessons he taught he now knows English. His vocabulary is great, he is using articles, his accent is less comical and he has changed his job a few times. He move from $700 a month to $1000 and most recently he moved to $2000 per month in China.
If you want to make more money then posted here, then try other countries, in Thailand $10-$15 is average, in China $20-$30.