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Living & working in Hong Kong – Graduate Comment

This is Alan Wong, one of the DipTESOL graduates from Aug 2007, Bacelona. I am currently working for English for Asia (this company is also a Trinity Representative) in Hong Kong, China.  There is a huge demand in qualified Native English Teahcers (CELTA / Trinity Cert TESOL here. Both in part time courses and full time positions.

  1. In general, for FT postions, it is called NET scheme here, applicants can apply through the Education Dept (EDB) website. The pay is around HKD 20,000 – 32,000 + Housing allowance depending on the qualifications and experience.
  2. It is also fine to apply to work for some education agencies as a FT NET and or to teach short courses. Like the company that I am working for.
  3. To look for jobs, two reputable and recommended websites –www.jobsdb.com.hk and www.classifiedpost.com .
  4. Conditions: NETs are well-respected here. The transportation system is well developed, It is very convenient to go from one spot to another – you don’t need a car. The cost of living is relative low, rent, food and travel expenses are cheap. In short, teachers here are able to save up to 30% of their salary.
  5. There are MANY public schools, internations schools and education agencies / institutes here need NETs.
  6. The immigration here deals with VISA applications effeciently. No much of hassle

Of course, the above information is in a nut shell. If you need to have any further info in any area, do let me know.

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