If you are new to the world of TEFL, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, parts of China, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Chile offer the best opportunities for entry-level teachers. A university degree and a TESOL certificate of at least 100 hours is required. Europe is off limits to those who do not have a EU passport, but the best entry-level positions are found in France, Italy, Spain, Poland, and Germany.
Each country offers a completely different experience, but South Korea is the top destination for those who wish to save some money. EPIK is the largest employer as it is a government funded program that hires native-speakers for teaching at public schools. Pay starts at $1,800/month plus accommodation, bonuses, and other benefits. An internationally recognized 100-hour TESOL certificate automatically qualifies applicants for a hire pay level, starting at $2,100/month.