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Best Hidden Gems for Teaching Abroad in Asia 

May 04, 2017

Asia is home to some of the most culturally rich countries with amazing architecture, deep historical roots, and even better food. It’s no surprise that it’s become one of the most sought out continents for teachers looking to make the move abroad. The opportunities for ESL, certified and experienced teachers are endless.


Now is the time to jump on the Asia train, as many schools are actively searching to fill positions for the upcoming school year. It’s in your benefit to do some research on the countries hiring before pulling the trigger and applying to everything and anything. Some countries will pay off financially and have you leaving with your pockets full, where others will pay off in travel experience. What’s more important? That’s up to you to decide.


Our personal hidden gems for teaching abroad in Asia are in China and Taiwan. We’ll explain more below.


China is one of the hottest spots for ESL teachers, having more than 300 million students learning English every year. China is on an economic incline and in the foreseeable future it doesn’t look like things will slow down. No wonder why parents are looking to add the English language to their children’s long list of qualifications. Supply and demand continue to be an ongoing fight, though, where the amount of jobs outnumber the amount of teachers to fill them. Shanghai is one of the most vibrant, glitzy cities in China. With Mandarin being their most common language, it’s not uncommon for many ESL teachers to pick up the language while spending time in the city. There is an active expat community with over 200,000 expats living in the city back in 2011, allowing for you to easily connect and make many lifelong friends. The city has a plethora of things to do, amazing restaurants and an even better night life. Not to mention, the cost of living is fairly low, with many institutions providing teachers with airfare, housing allowance, vacation time, and health insurance. With salaries on the rise in China, teachers can expect to pull in anywhere from $2,100-$2,800 a month in USD- not too shabby, huh? Not to mention China is a huge travel hub in Asia. Expats can explore all China has to offer on weekend trips or country-hop over holiday to nearby cities.

If you are looking for a smaller, more close-knit country, we suggest Taiwan, especially their capital city, Taipei. Taiwan is chock full of destinations for the explorer in you. There is an abundance of beaches, palm trees, jungles and waterfalls, clean cities, delicious food and a great quality of life. Salary is high compared to the very low cost of living. Teachers can expect to bring in roughly $1,200-$1,900 USD a month. Opportunities span from anywhere from kindergarten, public schools, private institutions, and private tutoring. Most schools will provide educators with health insurance, housing allowance and round-trip airfare. Holiday and vacation time is a big highlight when it comes to Taiwan. Typically schools will give teachers 2 weeks holiday time, but they also observe the Chinese New Year which gives you an additional 7-10 days off. Whether you choose to stay on the island and explore all it has to offer or hit the road and experience other nearby lands, Taiwan allows you to save money whichever option you choose. Not to mention how diverse the city is when it comes to entertainment. Taipei is famously known for its night markets- something not to be missed, and plenty of arts and cultural festivals. A techie’s hot spot, Taipei is known for it’s IT and manufacturing, boasts free wi-fi throughout the city and an advanced transportation system- what more not to love? A true hidden gem.

Ready to get the ball rolling for your next Asian adventure? Apply today!


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