Global English students are working all over the world with their accredited TESOL certificates. Find out how TESOL training from Global English has made a difference to their lives:
I love living and teaching in Hong Kong. The students are eager to learn and want to know all about the western culture and where you come from. One thing I did have trouble dealing with is the weather as in summer it is very hot and humid, so be prepared to sweat! People work long hours in Hong Kong (6 days a week) and you must be prepared to be flexible and available as much as possible. The more flexible you are the more you can earn.
I would advise that where possible it would be to your advantage to learn some basic Cantonese (although this is not a requirement for getting a teaching job). Indeed, most of the Chinese people you will meet will be able to speak some English; however, you can gain more respect if you can reciprocate in Cantonese (obviously not with your students!).
Looking for and finding work was not difficult as I arrived at the beginning of June when Learning centres are desperate for Native speakers. I posted my CV to a number of centres (I obtained the addresses before I arrived in Hong Kong and some from people I met in the first few weeks.) Within two weeks I had started my first teaching position! As with any place you travel to and work, make sure you check your contract before you sign it and agree to your rate of pay before you start.
Pay can be very good here, although the standard of living is quite high and therefore so is the cost! Property is very expensive; renting a very small studio apartment can cost £500 a month. Rental is high and space is minimal! Initially it is better if you can flat share to keep costs down until you find your feet. Eating out is also expensive if you are unwilling to move away from Western food and try local dishes.
Hong Kong is a very cosmopolitan place with a large expat community; however, Chinese people are very proud and have different ideas and culture, which you need to respect. I have found everyone I meet to be friendly and have helped me to settle into life in Hong Kong. Living and working abroad is a great experience and I definitely recommend Hong Kong as a destination.
You see numerous adverts for jobs on notice boards in shops, libraries and even on the streets. Chatteris was the organisation I worked for last year; it is especially well suited to people like myself (school leavers or students) because it supplies the school, very basic training, accommodation, some degree of support and spending money (not enough!)
The cost of living can be high. Accommodation is at a premium and going out is costly (£4-5 for a pint of lager). Girls fair better however, as some bars do ‘ladies night’ with free drinks for women only! Eating out can be cheap and good if you know where to go. The good news is that public transport is clean, efficient and extremely cheap. There is a choice of buses, trams, MTR and various ferries to the outlying islands – there is no shortage of taxis either and they are not expensive.
The Global English TESOL programme opened me up to a wide range of different teaching options in Hong Kong. The certificate is considered heavily by Hong Kong employers and the name of Global English is highly respected. Adding the TESOL endorsement to my resume has proven a very smart decision, as I am now considering multiple teaching positions for the coming academic year.