Teaching at English Camps in Asia – FAQs

I have spoken about English camps in Asia briefly before but I wanted to go into a big more detail considering the fact that I’ve just finished a 3 week camp in South Korea in January. I just had one of the greatest months of my life, teaching awesome kids, meeting amazing people and all in a cool, foreign country so I would like to share some of the information with you guys… here we go:

English Camps in Asia

Me at Camp in 2012

What is an English camp?

English camps are short, intensive courses where kids get sent to fully immerse themselves in English for a period of time, usually around 1 month. The idea is that they are only allowed to speak English for the duration of the camp.

teaching english inasia.

Who works at English camps?

It’s a bit of a mixture really but the majority of people who work at English camps are the ‘teach-travel’ type. Normally aged between 22-35, people are traveling in Asia and want to bolster their travel fund.  There are also an older group of teachers who may be retirees.

Who works at English camps?

When are these English camps?

They normally run in the summer or winter although their dates are never set in stone. Factor in something around December 26th-January 30th and July 15th to August 15th, give or take a week or so.

winter english camp

Where can I work at an English Camp?

They are becoming more and more popular throughout Asia, at this stage Japan and South Korea are the most prevalent. They also exist now and again in Taiwan, China and Thailand.

teaching english overseas

Can I work at an English camp?

Probably, although it is quite competitive so you have to be prepared to lodge a quality application. This is an awesome, short-term job and the secrets out so you can’t just wing it. You need to be from a native English-speaking country (Ireland, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the US) so regardless of your English ability, if English isn’t your first language the embassies simply won’t give you your work visa.

Also, you need at least a bachelors 3 or 4 year degree and if you have no teaching experience you’re going to probably need a TEFL too. Even if you have a year or two of teaching experience, a TEFL will make your application a lot stronger.

Teaching English In Korea

Where do we sleep at English camps?

It’s almost always the case that the camp will supply you with free accommodation, more often than not in university style dorms, often sharing with a fellow ELT (English language teacher). If they don’t supply accommodation they’ll most likely give you a stipend for renting your own place.


What about the food at camp?

Think high school/university cafeteria food in the country that the camp is held, that’s what you’ll get. Far from disgusting but certainly not gourmet, but hey – it’s free!


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How much do I get paid at an English camp?

Most agencies and camps will pay for your flights to and from camp (or onwards to a destination of your choice) so depending on where you’re flying from, you will be paid accordingly. You’re looking at something along the lines of a return from from London/Toronto etc + $500-$900 tax-free pay.


How do I get a job at an English camp?

Like I mentioned earlier, it can be quite competitive. If you know of anyone who has taught at camps previously, that’s a great avenue to pursue. Failing that my new company, Teach dot Travel will be recruiting for both summer and winter camps in the upcoming months. Just comment below if you want any more information about that. Happy travels!!



43 thoughts on “Teaching at English Camps in Asia – FAQs

  1. Nadine Kaschak

    I taught at a Summer Camp in July in China, and I am interested in finding a Winter Camp opportunity. Something with salary and free accommodation would be great (airfare is not expected). I have several contacts but I can’t seem to find anything online, until I found you!, perhaps it is too early? Any help is much appreciated! (I am a certified teacher with 4+ years FT classroom experience).

  2. Sarah

    Hi Johnny,

    Thanks for the info!
    I´m from the UK but currently live and work in Colombia and am looking for work during the winter holiday period (end of December/January time) as things pretty much close down over here for the festive period!! I have 3 years teaching experience, a degree and a TEFL, I have taught in China, Spain, UK, Argentina and Colombia and would love to find out more information about how to apply for a job in South Korea or Japan for the winter camps. I would really appreciate it if you could fill me in on the process and hook a sister up with deets!!

    Thanks a lot for your help and hope to hear from you soon!

    All the best,
    Sarah 🙂

  3. christina

    Hello Johny,

    I am currently US citizen but my nationality is South Korean. I will be going to Korea for a month as a vacation and wanted a summer camp job as well for experience with the korean students. I have noticed that there are not a lot of job posting for summer 2016 yet. When would be the great time to start looking since right now, there seems to be barely any. If I have two citizenship from US and South Korea, do you think I will still need Visa C for working?

    Thank you!

  4. Sionedd Ellis

    Hello Johnny, I want to work at a summer camp later this year. I am from the UK, I am 22 years old and have both a degree and online TEFL. I don’t mind where I’d teach but would like to ideally start in July. Could you send me any more information about where you’d advise for a first time TEFL teacher please, and how I can apply?

  5. Nancy Singhla

    Hello Johnny, I have just finished my TEFL course online and starting looking for jobs when I found your amazing website.I would love to participate in a summer camp if you have any positions in Taiwan or Thailand 🙂 Thank you for all the postings on your website, they are very helpful and good luck with the future countries! Almost done 🙂
    Nancy (Canada)

  6. Karen Ozturk

    Hello Johnny. I’m a US citizen and I’ve been teaching English in Italy for the past 13 years. I would love more information regarding your new company.

  7. Alyssa

    Thank you for the information! I am an American EFL teacher currently based in Moscow, looking to teach at a summer camp in South Korea, Japan, or Taiwan this summer. If there is any information you could share via email, I’d be much obliged 😉

  8. C

    Hello, my name is Conni and I am seeking a summer camp to work at in Asia. I worked at a summer camp in Tokyo for the summer of 2015 and would like to go to a different country. I have been in education for more than 15 years. My email address is [email protected]. Thank you.

  9. Hemant

    I am from India. Though we are not an English speaking country, English has been declared as one official language of communication. Now after reading your blog, it seems that I am not eligible to apply for the camp. Therefore, can you be advice me on other teacher options for Japan and south Korea?

  10. Mel

    Hello! I am a primary/junior teacher from Ontario, Canada. I am interested in teaching in a winter camp so was hoping you could give me some advice/information about that!

  11. Chadd Cawson

    Hi Johnny,

    I am so happy I came across your site. I have been a Teaching assistant for the last 14 years with a diploma in Creative Communications. I would be interested in any summer camp opportunities. My first choice would be Thailand but would be happy for the opportunity anywhere. If you could at all point me in the right direction of any opportunities for a summer camp, I would be most obliged.

    Chadd Cawson

  12. Deidre

    Hello, Johnny!

    I’m currently a Biology teacher and I’m extremely interested in teaching abroad in South Korea for the summer of 2015. If you have any information please let me know!

  13. Gal

    I’m so happy I found your site! ‘d love some information about the English summer camps in Thailand and availability. If possible, for December 2014. I’ve been considering the CELTA in Chiang Mai but would like to do it after the summer camp. Help pretty please 🙂

  14. Ciaran Walsh

    Hey Johnny,

    I’m also from Ireland, and am looking to get out as often as possible. I’m keen on travelling to Asia this winter during college holidays. I am also planning on going to the states next summer and would like to work in camps on both occasions. I’d like to spend as little as possible, have you any suggestions on where to start? I’d literally go anywhere outside of Europe

    Go raibh math agat

  15. Kim

    Hey Johnny,

    I am currently seeking employment for a winter camp for this winter (2014-15) although I am most interested in working in Hong Kong. Do you happen to have any ideas on camps there? My resume is a strong contender with years of experience.

    Thanks so much!

  16. Charlotte

    Hi, this websites great! thanks for all the tips and sharing your experiences!

    I’m wanting to do a english summer camp in either vietnam, thailand, cambodia this coming summer July/ August. I’m currently teaching in china, then travelling, but looking for a summer camp for after. Would be great to have some information, I’m finding it a bit of a dead end at the minute.


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  18. [email protected] study tour

    English camps are good, especially for non English speaking countries. We organize English camps here in Australia for overseas students.

  19. Amanda

    Hey Johnny
    I’m looking to teach at an English camp in Korea this summer, but am only available for 1 month. Could you possibly guide me to where I should look for such opportunities?


  20. Amy

    Hi Johnny, I’m really keen to teach English at a summer camp in Asia this year. Could you recommend any good camps? It’s hard to know where to start! Thanks.

  21. Elizabeth

    Hey Johnny, been following you for a while now, I taught in Korea last year and am in Thailand now. I just quit my job and am trying to become more location independent like you 🙂 I think working camps all over and then being able to come back to my base set up in Thailand sounds perfect. Would love to talk to you more about your company and teaching camps in Korea,Japan and even Thailand. Will check out your website but would love to email you as well.. Mine is [email protected]

    Thanks for the help, cheers!

  22. Lucy

    Hey Johnny, I’m really interested in teaching at a winter camp in January or February (I’ve just qualified from a Trinity TESOL course). I’ve scoured the internet for upcoming jobs for 2013 but cannot find anything beyond this month! Are there any websites you know about that I’m missing?

    Love your site 🙂

  23. Brittany


    This past summer I taught English in Italy with ACLE. In September I’m moving to Madrid to teach English there with NALCAP until June. I’m already looking into summer camp opportunities for next year. Can you please send me some information? I’ve never been anywhere in Asia and am extremely interested!

  24. Jess

    Hey Johnny! I’d be interested in learning more about the camps! It would be a nice way to visit and learn about S.Korea since it’s too cold there for me to be there for a year! Haha!

  25. Joseph

    AS I mentioned before, you may recall, I’m really interested in teaching in an English camp. I felt a bit sad though that the governments won’t give me a visa because I’m not a native English speaker. Heck, I invested 20 of my years into this language, so I should be given a chance. As far as teaching goes, do you think that teaching for 5 years at a University (not English but other topic, not to mention teaching students from the international section) counts for something?
    Btw, just finished “around the world in 80 days” per your suggestion (even mentioned you on my new book website project – bookhurricane.com) Keep on entertaining us with your travels! 🙂

  26. Emily McManus

    This sounds awesome! I’m moving to Thailand for a (yet to be obtained) teaching gig with a TEFL and college degree in hand – hoping it all works out once I get there and this sounds exciting 🙂

  27. Andy

    Hey Johnny, I’d be quite interested in getting some more info regarding the English camps and your new company. I’m curious if you know of any setups like this in Central or South America, as that is where I’ll be starting my travels later this year (after 4 trips to SE Asia I think it’s time to check out another part of the world lol)

    Keep up the great work! You’re an inspiration to all of us who seek long-term world travel..thanks man.

    1. Johnny Post author

      i dont know of any in Central or South America Andy I’m afraid, although I am certainly looking! That would be great so let me know if u stumble across any too 🙂 thanks for the kudos too mate =)


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