It can be good money in Japan, South Korea, Iraq, and Turkey, but you need to be a college graduate, and live there, not just stop and visit.
Hi Andy. I have taught English in Italy and Guatemala for private schools. The pay stinks, it's beer money. The places that will hire you just because you are a native speaker of English pay peanuts because they don't expect you to stay long and they know that next month there will be another load of English speaking backpackers coming around. The better schools pay OK., but they want you to have credentials such as a CELTA Certificate and a University degree, preferably in English ,and sign a 6 month or even a one year contract. If you are NOT a professional English teacher, it's just beer and weed $$$, that's all! Hope to see you at Lago Atitlan. Adios , amigo----Sal in Xela.
I 100 percent agree, seldom a good job, unless you want to live in a location. I am planning to fly to Guatemala on January 16, 2014.