Teach English Abroad in Hong Kong

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Teaching Abroad in Hong Kong


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Want to teach English in Shanghai, Beijing or Guangzhou? Earn an internationally accredited TEFL Certification and receive lifetime job placement assistance for teaching English in China and more than 50 countries worldwide. Many teachers receive benefits like free housing and airfare! Click the button to receive more information:


ITTT provides high-quality TEFL and TESOL training through in-class training centers all around the world, online courses or combined options. If you want to live and work abroad, you will have plenty of opportunities worldwide with our internationally recognized teaching certifications. We offer certifications in both TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign language) as well as TESOL (Teaching ...


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Join our 5-month August 2017 supported teaching programme and be more than a tourist as you commute to school, teach English and fall in love with this amazing country… whilst also getting paid! Known as our China Internship, you will also get full internationally accredited TEFL training whilst abroad. Reserve your place today on the August 2017 China Internship with just a 50% deposit!


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Positions are now available to work with a leading early years education provider with a portfolio of over 80 nurseries and kindergarten schools. They're seeking 60 qualified kindergarten teachers for 11 month teaching placements in Hong Kong. As a TEFL teacher in Hong Kong, you will have the opportunity to teach students of all ages and grades. Variation is the spice of life after all! Most...


Teach Away in Hong Kong! The Government of Hong Kong's Education Bureau has officially selected Teach Away to supply Native-speaking English Teachers (NETs) for secondary schools across Hong Kong. This NET Scheme offers qualified educators the opportunity to expand their classroom teaching abilities in one of the most vibrant parts of the world. Teachers in this role will work within one sc...


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Would you love to teach English in China? We can offer you a solid job with a reliable school and our services are 100% free. Our teacher placement program is completely free - we never charge any fees. We have placed thousands of happy teachers since 2001 and take pride in our supportive staff, quick response times, and straightforward online application.


This highly established international school in Hong Kong is part of a group of schools that has been providing Early Years, Primary and Secondary education to children in China for over 80 years. The school combines the best elements of Eastern and Western traditions and culture to deliver an exceptional education experience. Currently, the school is looking for an experienced Primary Year ...


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The Education Bureau (EDB) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region cordially invites you to apply for the positions of English language teachers in public-sector primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong. ROLE The positions are required to teach English as a second language to Hong Kong students and assist in teacher and curriculum development in public-sector primary schools (for s...


Are you a TEFL teacher? Do you have 2 years teaching experience? Are you looking for English teaching job in China? This position is suitable for candidate who has the following: - Bachelor degree in any subject - TEFL/CELTA/DELTA/ESL certificate - Minimum of 2 years teaching/working experience - English native speaker - Western trained This position is to be based in languag...


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To teach English in China Legally with Multiple Location/School Choices A professional company with more than 100 employees in Hangzhou, China, founded in 2007, is certified by the Chinese government to hire foreign teachers to work legally all over amazing and fast developing China. As one of the top three companies authorized by the Chinese government SAFEA (State Administration of Fore...


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Teaching positions in China are an excellent way to become more engaged with the local culture while at the same time providing direct and personal opportunities to contribute constructively. It has never been so easy to make a useful contribution to our world and in one of the most exciting and dynamic countries of our time: China, while at the same time being able to make a handsome salary. ...

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Teaching Abroad in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is truly a global city. This Special Administrative Region of China has thrived for the last two centuries as a vitally important port of world commerce. And today, with one of the most impressive skylines in the world, it continues this prestigious tradition of global centrality. From the mighty skyscrapers of billion dollar multinational corporations downtown to the funky night marketplaces of the backstreets of Kowloon, those who teach abroad in Hong Kong will find themselves in one of most truly fun and unique cities in the world.

Teaching Placements

Most educated citizens of Hong Kong speak English – however there still remains a need throughout the city for native speakers to help students acquire the language at a variety of levels. If you are TESOL or TEFL certified (which is highly recommended) then you will be eligible to apply for a two year contract teaching English at a public school in Hong Kong through the Native English Teacher Scheme (NET). Every year the Hong Kong Education Bureau recruits qualified candidates to fill needed positions in public elementary, middle, and high schools, creating a great opportunity for teachers to gain experience teaching English abroad. 

There are also many international schools across Hong Kong because of the very diverse and globalized population of the city which offer teaching jobs. These schools typically require a college degree in the field of your specialization as well as prior teaching experience, but also pay well and often offer full time employment to foreign teachers. If you are planning to live and teach abroad in Hong Kong permanently, then applying for full employment at an international school may be your best option.

There are also a variety of small language institutions and private tutoring options available throughout Hong Kong. Due to the city’s roots as a British colony, Hong Kong’s schools tend to work off British curriculum, which makes an easy adaptation for Western teachers. Be careful though – they also teach British English, so you may want to brush up on her Majesty’s dialect if you are not familiar.

Life in Hong Kong

There are many cities which claim to be where “East meets West,” but none fulfill the title better than Hong Kong. It is a city of juxtapositions – one can do their shopping in gargantuan air conditioned mega malls or in bustling local market places, work in a giant skyscraper downtown or in a cramped classroom in the suburbs, spend their free time running with the upbeat nightlife or perusing the world class museums of art, culture, and history.

Simply put, Hong Kong is a place where you can live any sort of life, and when it comes to teaching abroad there is hardly a more exciting city to find yourself in. The city is very well connected by busses, a metro system, and ferries which can taxi you back and forth between Hong Kong island and the mainland. Hong Kong’s public transportation system is the most widely used in the world, with some 90 percent of the city’s population depending on it regularly to get around.

Which leads into the next point – Hong Kong is crowded. Very crowded. With over seven million residents it is one of the most densely populated cities on earth, and the expatriate teacher is sure to feel cramped for space at times. The good news is that there are many places where you escape the crowd – public parks, open spaces, or simply just walks along the ocean pier are a nice way to find some calm in the storm.

Salaries & Costs

Hong Kong boasts the freest economy in the world, oddly complementing its identity as a Chinese territory. Even though it is only one city, the Hong Kong dollar is the eighth most traded currency in the world, running at about $7.75 HKD to $1.00. Since it is such a globally influential city, life in Hong Kong can be quite expensive, especially when compared to mainland China. While teaching abroad in Hong Kong your salary will vary depending on the type of school you work at (private and international schools tend to pay better than public schools) and also your prior qualifications and experience.

Accommodation & Visas

Since the city is so densely populated, housing can sometimes be hard to come by for those who teach in Hong Kong. It may be easiest to start by renting out a single room in an apartment or flat, then find your own place if you plan on teaching in Hong Kong for an extended period of time. While you can expect to be comfortable, living spaces can also feel cramped at times depending on the type of accommodation you find. You will discover that many aspects of Hong Kong are economized for maximal use of space – part of the reason the city has built upwards to feature the most skyscrapers in the world!

You will also likely need a visa to live and teach abroad in Hong Kong. The type of visa you will need depends on your teaching job and length of stay – contact your host school early on to learn more about which visa you will want and how best to go about obtaining it. Also note that Hong Kong’s visa policy differs significantly from mainland China, meaning that travel back in forth between the two regions can prove quite burdensome.

Benefits & Challenges

Teaching abroad in Hong Kong is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do something truly special. This city is unlike anywhere else on earth – an outpost of Western civilization in the heart of the Orient, it has grown to become a unique blend of cultures from all over the world. In Hong Kong there is never a dull moment, and though it may prove overwhelming at times as you adapt, soon you will come to fall in love with your new home as one of the most significant places of our modern global age.

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