Introduction to Teaching English in Asia
North Americans of all ages are searching for employment that offers both valuable experience and reasonable income.
In East Asia, English speakers have access to many jobs that not only pay well, but also offer fantastic opportunities to travel, learn, and gain excellent work experience. In the past decade an increasing number of college students and recent graduates have traveled to Asia to teach conversational English. Why? Because of the enormous demand for native speakers of the English language. "Help Wanted" signs and classified ads seeking English teachers are widespread throughout Asia. The demand for teachers is so great that even nonnative English speakers from France and Germany are offered jobs teaching English!
Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea have long been popular destinations for North Americans hoping to teach English in Asia. The lure of high pay and plentiful jobs draws hundreds of Westerners there each year. Business is booming, and for anyone willing to pound the pavement, jobs are there for the taking. Especially for experienced educators or those with ESL training, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan are the most lucrative Asian destinations for English teachers.
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The English teaching scene is also burgeoning in China, Thailand, and Indonesia. Competition is less stiff than in Japan, South Korea, or Taiwan, and while the pay is not as good, the requirements are less stringent.
Packing up and moving to a place like Asia to teach English involves a serious commitment, and the decision to do so should not be taken lightly. Leaving the comforts of home invariably creates feelings of frustration and loneliness. Nevertheless, veterans of Asia's teaching scene look back on these experiences as some of the best times of their lives. English teachers in Asia meet dozens of fellow adventurers, earn great money, and experience a different culture from the inside.
These pages will help you to decide whether or not to teach in Asia. You will find valuable information here to help ensure that your adventure is pleasant and profitable. We take you step-by-step through the process of getting a job in each country. Sections explaining the differences between various types of language schools and programs, instructions on obtaining visas and paying taxes, and tips on transportation, health care, and securing accommodations are also included. You'll learn all you need to know about gaining successful employment teaching English in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, China, and Indonesia.