Teaching in Asia
The job market in Asia is the largest in the world. Most of the countries in this region are industrialised and represent one of the fastest-growing economic regions in the world. Additionally, there is a large and growing middle class leading to a high demand for quality education.
Thousands of jobs are available in language centres where you will be expected to teach both young learners and adults, as many children study English after their school day is over. The hiring season for language centers is all year round. There is also a high demand for native English speakers in schools where the hiring season is December/January to begin in March, and again in June/July to begin in September. Schools tend to hire teachers in advance from their home countries, conducting interviews by phone.
TEFL teachers in many countries in Asia can enjoy a high standard of living and the potential to save between 30-50% of your salary. In north Asia (eg, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan) salaries are amongst the highest paid in the TEFL world, with the potential for earning as much as £2,000 a month. In China, you would earn much less, but the cost of living is lower and many employers offer free accommodation, round-trip airfares, food and more. Additionally, both schools and language centers all over Asia may offer incentives such as airfare, housing allowances, health insurance, paid holidays and completion bonuses. Schools will also offer help with finding suitable accommodation and acclimatising to the local culture.
|Country||Degree Requirement||Typical Contract Length||Peak Hiring Seasons||Visa Info||Typical Students||Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency||Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency|
|Cambodia||BA/BS Not Required||6 & 12 months||All Year Round||Tourist visa convert to work visa||Business Professionals, Children||£350-500 GBP||£350-500 GBP|
|6 & 12 months||All Year Round||Work visa in advance or Tourist visa convert to work visa||Business Professionals, Children||£300-400 GBP (3,000-4,000 RMB) Plus housing||£750-850 GBP plus free housing. (7,500-9,000 RMB) Can save up to £350-450 GBP /Mo|
| Hong Kong
||BA/BS Required||12 months||All Year Round||Work visa in advance||Business Professionals, Children||£1,500-2,000 GBP||£1,500-3,000 GBP Can save up to £350-400 GBP /Mo|
||BA/BS Not Required||12 months||All Year Round||Work visa in advance||Business Professionals, Children||£400-650 GBP (6,000,000 - 9,000,000 IDR)||£500-800 GBP (7,500,000-11,000,000 IDR) Can save up to £150-200 GBP /Mo|
||BA/BS Not Required||12 months||All Year Round||Work visa in advance||Business Professionals, Children||£600-1100 GBP (3,000 – 6,000 MRY)||£800-1500 GBP (4,000–8,000 MRY) Can save up to £200-400 GBP /Mo|
||BA/BS Required||12 months||All Year Round||Work visa in advance||Business Professionals, Children||£1,150-1,800 GBP (150,000–200,000 JPY)||£1,600-1,800 GBP (250,000 -280,000 JPY) Can save up to £400-500 GBP /Mo|
||BA/BS Required||12 months||All Year Round||Work visa in advance||Business Professionals, Children||£1,350-1,600 GBP (3,000 – 3,500 SGD)||£1,550–2,000 GBP (3,300 – 4,200 SGD) Can save up to £200-350 GBP /Mo|
||BA/BS Required||12 months||All Year Round||Work visa in advance||Business Professionals, Children||£450-650 GBP (800,000-1,200,000 KRW) Plus housing||£1,000-1,200 GBP (1,800,000 – 2,400,000 KRW) Plus free Housing Can save up to £600 GBP /Mo|
||AA or BA/BS Required||12 months||All Year Round||Work visa in advance||Business Professionals, Children||£650-900 GBP (32,000–46,000 TWD)||£900-1,350 GBP (46,000–68,000 TWD) Can save up to £300-400 GBP /Mo|
||BA/BS Required||12 months||All Year Round||Work visa or tourist visa depending on employer||Business Professionals, Children||£450-550 GBP (22,000–27,000 THB)||£650-750 GBP (32,000–37,000 THB) Can save up to £200 GBP /Mo|
||BA/BS Required||12 months||All Year Round||Tourist visa convert to work visa or work visa in advance||Business Professionals, Children||£450-600 GBP||£800-1,150 GBP Can save up to £350-400 GBP /Mo|