A Quick Overview of Filipinos Teaching Abroad


Teaching is one of the noblest professions in the world today. Without teachers, no student will become successful lawyers, doctors, historians, nurses, engineers, and scientists. Due to our ease and proficiency in communicating using English—the universal language, most Filipino teachers consider teaching abroad.


Based on the 2019 Survey on Overseas Filipinos by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), there is already an estimated total of 2.2 million Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) abroad during April to September 2019. Fifty-six percent (56%) of the total comprises females, while forty-four percent (44.0%) are males.

From the 2.2 million overseas workers, nine percent (9%) or an estimated 207,000 are Filipino professionals, a major occupation group that includes OFWs teaching abroad.

In the years 2013 to 2017, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) recorded a total of 1,711 (2013), 1,439 (2014), 1,426 (2015), 1,821 (2016), and 1,328 (2017) deployed OFW teachers, respectively, to various countries all over the globe. Judging from the trends, the Philippines has been deploying an average of 1,500 teachers worldwide every year.

Filipinos teaching abroad are known for their competence in academics, especially in teaching the English language. As a result, Filipino teachers are very in demand, especially in countries that expand their curriculum to include the English language as part of their subjects/courses. Filipino teachers are also known to be great instructors for pre-school, music, and physical education.


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From the survey mentioned above, Saudi Arabia is the most preferred destination for our OFWs, with one out of five or 22.4% OFWs working in the country. Saudi Arabia is followed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 13.2%, Hongkong with 7.5%, and Taiwan with 6.7%.

In terms of salary, the UAE pays teachers the highest at $3,500-$5,500 per month. Japan follows them at $2,200-$5,000 per month, Saudi Arabia at $3,000-$4,000 per month, Kuwait at $2,600-$4,000 per month, and Oman at $2,000-$3,500 per month.

So, if you are an aspiring educator, maybe you should start considering teaching abroad. Also, check out WhatALife for new updates about anything and everything under the sun!



  • psa.gov.ph
  • poea.gov.ph
  • gooverseas.com