Best countries to teach English?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Sep 1, 2013 6:02 PM Last Post By: fluffy_bunny
Aug 21, 2013 4:21 PM
Best countries to teach English?In your opinion and experience, where should I teach English? I need to save enough to pay back some college debt (not too much). I'm taking 15 credits of Mandarin at school so it would be cool to be able to occasionally use and practice that but it's not important (but that is why I'm focusing on Asia). I want to be somewhere that is easy to travel from and within. I don't need a posh city. Jakarta is just as appealing as Seoul to me (except for the immigration laws).
I have a Bachelor's degree in Global studies and will be getting TEFL certified.
I'm leaning towards somewhere like Bangkok but I really don't know. What do you think?
Aug 21, 2013 10:21 PM
Aug 21, 2013 11:41 PM
Aug 22, 2013 12:46 AM
Aug 22, 2013 4:50 AM
4If you're hoping to save any money, forget about Thailand. Also, you'll be lucky to make $8-$10/hour in SOuth America which barely covers your costs. The Middle East is unlikely to hire someone with no experience. That, more or less, leaves Asia.
Korea is the biggest money saver, but the aren't keen on Chinese. Japan is pretty good for saving, but again, no Chinese. Cambodia has a surprising Chinese influence, but Cambodian schools never include flights or accommodation. That leave Vietnam.
Although not as well connected as Bangkok, HCM or Hanoi are still fairly well connected. Schools pay really very well, plus they throw in flights and accommodation. The added bonus is there will be at least some opportunity to practice your "Chinese". While Vietnam is not my #1 choice, it seems to suit your needs.
Aug 22, 2013 8:10 AM
5Japan sounds like a good possibility, at least you'd become familiar with Chinese characters (kanji over there). Don't know if they still do the JET (Japan exchange and teaching) scheme which might be worth investigating, perhaps this was just for UK, they might do likewise for US.
Agree with the above, if you're going to learn a language, immersion is the way !
Aug 22, 2013 8:22 PM
Aug 23, 2013 8:43 PM
7Taiwan is the obvious choice, I am surprised no one has mentioned it already.
Mandarin Chinese is most people's first language here. Teaching jobs pay $20 per hour and the cost of living is quite low. It's a great country to live in. I earned slightly more teaching English in Korea, but Taiwan is a much more enjoyable place to live.
Sep 1, 2013 2:24 PM
Sep 1, 2013 6:02 PM
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