8 Places to teach abroad

8 Places to teach abroad: A brief overview

You are ready to leave your home country for a while, and your mind is starting to dream. The job market for Teaching abroad has exploded, and you need to decide about your next destination. This is how you can travel the world, save money and emerge in a different culture. Find below * places to teach abroad:

 

China

China

China

Safety – Petty theft is pretty common in tourist hotspots and crowded areas. Be sure to lock your doors when you leave your apartment.

Salary – $1000 – $1900 p/m

Benefits – Housing allowance, airfare, and health insurance

Education needed– Positions available for people with or without a Bachelor’s degree

Experience – None

Cost of living – Relatively low

Drawbacks – Pollution, too many people, limited internet

 

 

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South Korea

South Korea

Safety – Although North Korea is just around the corner, it does not effect the safety of South Korean citizens. It is common for school children to walk around, even at night, and it is really rare to see crimes happening. The crime rates are very low.

Salary  – $2100 – $2300 p/m

Benefits – Airfare and accommodation provided, one month severance pay, 50% health insurance, tax free for the first 2 years.

Education needed – A  TEFL certificate and bachelor’s degree

Experience – None

Cost of Living – Average cost of living

Drawbacks – North Korea is not too far away

 

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Safety – Harsh punishments will be given to those who break the law, and therefore crime is not very common.  That said, though, expat women might have trouble living here, as local men might turn to sexual harassments to those whom they believe are not observing conservative standards of conduct.

Salary – $3000 – $6000 p/m

Benefits – Airfare and accommodation provided, hiring bonus,  health insurance, tax free income

Education needed – Many job openings do not require teacher certification

Experience – At least 6 months experience recommended

Cost of Living – Comparable to other Middle Eastern countries. You might be able to enjoy a rather luxurious lifestyle, inside your expat compound that is.

Drawbacks – Very strict customs and traditions, very hot weather in the summer. It’s a tough place to live if you are a Western woman.

 

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Safety – It is overall considered as a very safe place.  Violent crimes are extremely rare, yet petty crimes do take place in crowded areas.

Salary – $2400 – $4000 p/m

Benefits – Airfare and accommodation provided,

Education needed – Be certified to teach in  home country

Experience – At least 2 years’ teaching experience at the relevant level and in the relevant subject.

Cost of Living – Tax free, yet still high

Drawbacks – Need to make quite a few Cultural adjustments when in such a Muslim country

 

Spain

Spain

Spain

Safety – Criminals are known to approach foreigners. Be extra cautious in urban centers. 

Salary – $1000 – $2000

Benefits – No like free airfare and housing

Education needed- Degree and CELTA preferred, not required

Experience – None

Cost of Living – Middle – High

Drawbacks – No airfare, no accommodation

 

Thailand

Thailand

Thailand

Safety – Crime is pretty low compared to other countries, and violent crimes are rare. Be aware of terrorism though.

Salary – $800 – $1000 p/m

Benefits – Can turn to Private tutoring for an extra income

Education needed- Bachelor’s Degree. TESL certification recommended.

Experience – None

Cost of Living – Low – It is cheaper than in other expat destinations around the world.

Drawbacks – No airfare, no accommodation. You won’t get rich by teaching English here.

 

Japan

Japan

Japan

Safety –  This is currently the safest country in the world. It is safe to walk in the streets, during the day or at night. This is because they have been brought up to honor their country, so people generally take care of each other.

Salary – $2000 – $3000

Benefits – Accommodation / budget provided

Education needed – A Bachelors degree

Experience  – Previous teaching experience is not necessary, but recommended

Cost of Living – High

Drawbacks – No airfare, very competitive job market

 

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Safety – Tourists and Westerners are often targeted for petty crimes such as pickpocketing.

Salary – $1000 – $2000

Benefits – Low cost of living

Education needed – A  TEFL certificate and bachelor’s degree

Experience – None

Cost of Living – High

Drawbacks – No airfare, no accommodation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seoul vs Busan: 6 things Seoulites think when they go to Busan

What do Seoulites think when they go to Busan? This is the Seoul vs Busan showdown!

Busan is often called the “Summer Capital of South Korea” and as the city’s slogan goes, it is a vibrant and dynamic city. Some might say that this city has it all…but what do Seoulites really make of it when they go to Busan?

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Streets in Busan

1. They don’t understand me…

The minority of people here speak basic English. Seoul is slightly more international and has more people that speak English. Here in Busan, you will also be less likely to understand signs around the city.

2. Can I make this go any faster?

Life is slower in Busan, whereas Seoul has developed into a busy city with massive developments over the years.

3. Okay, I’ve seen it all. Now what?

Sure, there are things to do like hiking, shopping, visiting Spa Land, Yonggungsa Temple and going to the Busan International Film Festival, but there is perhaps much more choice in Seoul when it comes to activities.

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Beach in Busan

4. Did winter skip this part of Korea??

With four distinct seasons, the weather is milder, and it’s not nearly as cold in the winter. It also has a cooler version of a humid subtropical climate in the summer.

5. So this is how it feels to spread my arms out

It’s not nearly as crowded or busy in Busan, whether it is on the subway, in the streets or in shopping districts. If you are agoraphobic, you should probably move to Busan, rather than Seoul.

6. I can breathe…

Comapred to Seoul, Busan is a breath of fresh air. It has been given”good” Air Quality rating by AQICN. The natural environment of Busan is a perfect example of harmony between the mountains, the rivers and the sea.

Of course, there are two sides to every story…don’t miss our article about what people from Busan think of Seoul!

 

 

 

6 Amazingly Weird Places in Korea

Yes, we know about all the must-do’s in Korea.. But how about the weird, the different, the unusual places in Korea…?

1. Theme cafes in Korea:

There are so many different theme cafes in Korea such as cat cafes, dog cafes, a Photography cafe, a Charlie Brown Cafe, a Victoria Era cafe, a Puzzle Cafe, and even a Board game cafe. Which is your favorite?

2. Yongma-land abandoned amusement park

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Here’s an M/V music video, shot at this spooky amusement park!

3. Weird but awesome party hotels!

Would you like to stay in Korea’s ‘Santorini’? Or in an Egyptian-like palace? There’s something for everyone at these crazy-awesome party hotels!

4. Gonjiam psychaitric hospital

img_8693It is illegal to visit this sinister abandoned building but people go nevertheless. We recommend you don’t go but just read about it instead!

If you don’t heed our advice and somehow end up there, take bug spray!

5. Jindo sea parting

Once a year in Jindo, the seas mysteriously part and visitors can walk through the sea from the mainland to a nearby island. Biblical!

6. Gangnam Rooftop

Some of our teachers came across this palm sweat-inducing view, from the rooftop of the CGV building in Gangnam.

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China Town in Incheon

China Town in Incheon

China town IncheonLocated just west of Seoul, Incheon is the 3rd largest city in Korea with a population of 3 million people. Nestled right next to Incheon Station is the bustling, historic, lively center of China Town. It was founded in 1883, right around the time that Incheon Port opened. Trust us – it’s worth a day trip.

To get here, take the Seoul metropolitan subway to Incheon Station. The main entrance (Junghwamun Pailou gate, pictured above) is right across from the station’s only exit.

Jajangmyeon Museum, opened in April 2012, celebrates the birthplace of the delicious Korean dish, jajang-myeon.

Not a fan of Jajangmyeong? Don’t worry – options for other delicious dishes are easy to find!

Gonggalbbang: Hollow large crispy bread buns

Jajangmyeon: A noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang, diced pork and vegetables, and sometimes also seafood

Tangsuyuk pork: Korean-ized version of sweet and sour pork or orange chicken

Onggibyeong: Baked dumpling

There are dozens of unique little shops – it’s a great place to find one-of-a-kind keepsakes to take home with you

 

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Want to find out more about Incheon’s China Town? Check out the links below:RJ Koehler (2006)

The Korea Blog (2013)

The Korea Blog 2 (2013)

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Abandoned Amusement Park

Abandoned Amusement Park

Some of our Teachers came across this abandoned amusement park on the Eastern outskirts of Seoul called Mangu: Yongma land. Apparently this amusement park is scheduled to be torn down, so it could be out of existence any day now…

The nearest Subway stop: Mangu Subway

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