How To Teach English In India

How to Teach English in India

India is a country which everybody should experience in their lifetime and if you teach English here it’s even more rewarding.  You will love the flavourful food, colourful outfits, rich culture and friendly locals.  If you want to really get the most of learning a different culture and getting the best real life education overseas then India should be first on your list.  There are plenty of reasons why you should seriously consider teaching here.

Getting a qualification to teach is pretty simple.  Luckily for us backpackers My TEFL has some amazing courses on offer for you to complete so you can teach abroad in over 40 countries.  The most popular is the 120-hour course.  You can complete it before you head off on your backpacking adventures or while you’re on holidays sitting on the beach.  All you need is a laptop and some hours to complete your course.

India is an amazing place to teach English because the cost of living is extremely cheap.  From food to accommodation if you have an average backpacking budget you will live like a King or Queen.  You can grab street food from around 30cents and a chai will only set you back 20 cents.  India has some of the best food in the world too.  If you haven’t had a curry in India you haven’t lived.  The flavours differ from each state.  In the North, you will find a lot of creamier curries but if you head south you will find more fish and fresh seafood.  Accommodation will only set you back a few dollars for a hostel room and if you rent an apartment it may be only a fraction more depending where you live. A hostel is a great place to start though as you will be with a bunch of other travellers that you may be able to do some travelling with in the future.

How To Teach English In India

Life in India is completely opposite and upside down compared to the western life.  You can learn a lot from India, especially patience.  It’s complete chaos which some days can be a nightmare but you will surely get used to it and when you leave, you might actually miss it.

India is much bigger than people realise.  The North, in my opinion, is much more confronting.  I saw a lot more poverty and it was a lot more chaotic than Kerala in the South of India.  Kerala is a lot more laid back and is perfect for first-time backpackers.  Just think white sand beaches, endless palm trees and fresh coconuts.  It’s actually called the land of palm trees!  I cannot tell you my favourite state because they were both amazing in their own ways.  A definite highlight was seeing the Taj Mahal and visiting the most religious city Varanasi.  The country is so diverse from forts that are a thousand years old to the deserts near Jaisalmer or the picturesque backwaters of Alappuzha.

Make sure if you are thinking of teaching English that you look into basing yourself in India!  English is a language which is extremely important here.  Employers in the tourism industry these days will not hire Indians if they do not speak English.  You will find the kids will love to learn from you and love to practice their English with you on the streets.  Those who speak the language well are given far more elite job opportunities and better educational paths plus (unfortunately), they are thought of more highly than a non-English speaker.

How can I teach English in India?

  • Purchase the 120 hour My TEFL course. If you use my code ANITA35 you will receive 35% off the course which RRP at $299!
  • Complete the course. It takes about 6-8 weeks.
  • Look for jobs in India! It’s that easy.

If you want to teach English abroad you will most likely need a qualification which is why I recommend My TEFL.   They will guide you as to where the jobs are located around the world when you have finished which really separates them from the other TEFl courses online.


Make sure you sign up for a My TEFL course today and tick off ‘travelling the world’ on your bucket list!


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  1. June 20, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    India is definitely on my list of places to visit. It would be very interesting to go as a teacher and experience the culture and the people in that way.

    • June 21, 2016 / 1:26 pm

      Yeah definitely! Do you have any plans to teach in the future?

  2. June 21, 2016 / 2:19 am

    What a great way to get to travel. I am a teacher and may look into this. This would be great for my children too 🙂

  3. June 21, 2016 / 2:27 am

    I’ve got a few friends who have gone off to teach English in other countries – it seems like such a great thing to do and so rewarding. x

  4. momknowsbest15
    June 21, 2016 / 4:28 am

    My church just sent people to Haiti to teach kids english at a camp. This is a great opportunity.

  5. June 21, 2016 / 7:52 am

    That’s something I hadn’t considered, but what a great way to spend some time over there. I know my brother-in-law went and would actually like to retire there. He loved it that much!

    • June 21, 2016 / 1:21 pm

      I think it’s probably the perfect place to retire! Good on him 🙂

  6. Elizabeth O.
    June 21, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Good to know that there’s an option for people to learn English that would be convenient for them. I think this is a good opportunity for teachers to earn as well.

  7. June 21, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    Sounds like English teachers are in demand here! I really think it’s essential to learn English if you’re planning to work in a corporate setting. It’s going to be tough for people who are willing to teach English to relocate here but I’m sure it’s worth it.

  8. missy13d69
    June 21, 2016 / 9:21 pm

    If I was single and childless, I would be all over this! It’s a grrat experience for people not tied down.

  9. June 21, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    I agree Indian food is so good and wow 30 cents that is so much cheaper than drinks sold here!

  10. June 21, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    India’s a very rich country when it comes powerful culture and tradition. They’re very beautiful too. I believe they would do good and easy with English, I know a lot who can converse well and I really don’t mind the accents.

  11. June 22, 2016 / 1:27 am

    This is really interesting! This is also a great way to travel and do something that you would love to do! Great job on the post!

  12. June 22, 2016 / 1:46 am

    Great post! India is on my bucket list but not as a teacher, I may have to change that! Thank you for sharing.

  13. June 22, 2016 / 10:22 am

    If I would have known about these opportunities before I had children, I would have done them in a heartbeat. Not so easy with 2 kids and a husband!

    • June 25, 2016 / 7:15 pm

      Haha no I can imagine it might be a bit difficult but never impossible 😉

  14. June 22, 2016 / 11:29 am

    This looks like an incredible opportunity. I have a friend that is doing this in South Korea. She loves it!

    • June 25, 2016 / 7:16 pm

      Yeah South Korea is supposed to be another great location to teach and apparently they pay the most!

  15. Kathy
    June 22, 2016 / 11:53 am

    That sounds like it would be really rewarding. I would love to be able to teach someone English. That would actually be a lot of fun. I’m glad there are some others out there that are willing to do that.

  16. June 22, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    My SIL is an English teacher and she just retired from teaching. She wants to do something like this. I will share this with her. I have heard so much about how beautiful India is.

    • June 25, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Perfect, please share with her! India is really incredible and well worth the trip.

  17. Lexie Lane
    June 22, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    I heard that Indians are good at English and it is a great opportunity for them to teach. I hope that every nation should be fluent in English.

    • June 25, 2016 / 7:18 pm

      They are incredibly good at English and I was surprised when visiting smaller towns that they knew how to!

  18. June 22, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    What a wonderful opportunity! I’m glad to hear that.

  19. June 23, 2016 / 10:34 am

    This would be an amazing experience! And so rewarding for those kiddos!

  20. June 24, 2016 / 12:46 am

    What a great way to get to travel. I am a teacher and may look into it! Thank you for sharing it!

    • June 25, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      That’s great! Can’t wait to hear about your experience 🙂

  21. June 24, 2016 / 3:56 am

    This is great for english teachers! and well.. for almost everybody because it looks like such a lovely place and culture!

  22. June 24, 2016 / 5:07 am

    I have great respect for anyone who has to learn English because I think it is one of the most complicated languages to learn for non natives

    • June 25, 2016 / 7:22 pm

      Yes I have heard that too. I am very lucky that English is my first language!

  23. June 25, 2016 / 6:31 am

    This is really amazing information for the people those are belong to the profession of teaching. Love the way you write, vote up for this post.

  24. June 25, 2016 / 9:48 am

    Wow what an amazing experience this would be. So rewarding too I think xxx

  25. mskathykenny
    June 27, 2016 / 12:26 am

    What a great way to travel … you learn something and you give back something at the same time. That is really awesome.

  26. October 29, 2016 / 12:12 am

    Went through your post. I am from Kerala which happens to be your favorite state. The info regarding the TEFL course was really helpful. Also wanted to point this one out – ‘….picturesque backwaters of Alapoloza’. It is spelled as Alappuzha (also known as Alleppey) 😀

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