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short term work and living in asia?

Travel Forums Asia short term work and living in asia?

1. Posted by m98song (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Hi, i'm planning on going to asia in about a month. the problem is, not too sure where to start. i'm reading as much as possible, but want to hear from real people. I want to go to

indonesia
vietnam
thailand
singapore
china

the issue here is, everything i've been looking for as far as jobs are so long term. any suggestions on how i can see all these places, within 6 months to a year and not be bound to such a long committment. jobs up to 3 months in committment aren't bad, but 6 months seems too long.

any suggestions on what kinds of jobs i can look for and how I can jump around while i work and live?

2. Posted by mdancy (Full Member 104 posts) 11y

Hmmm.
Since it's illegal to work in any of those countries without an official work visa, it might be difficult to get short term work. It costs the companies money & time to get visa approval for foreign workers.

Though if you are musically inclined, you could get short term gigs, in which case the venues would be paying for the visas.

You didn't say what your skills or job experience are.

Have you looked into English language instruction? Many of these places hire native Eng speakers to teach & maybe you could find short term work. You'd need to research each country separately. Look for expat sites where you can get inside info from people who live there.

I live in HK & I can vouch that it is pretty hard to get a work visa unless you make employment arrangements ahead of time.

Why do you want to work while traveling? I know it sounds ideal, make money while you see the world, but it may be impratical.

Just my thoughts,
Martha

3. Posted by miranda73 (Full Member 76 posts) 11y

To start from Thailand would be a good choice as many companies, NGOs based in Bangkok for South East Asia Region. However, it might take some times before you really find one.

It's not too bad if you begin to look for a job to be posted in those region even for short time.

And the last, it depends what job you want ...

4. Posted by ueirin (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Well, in Singapore, the F&B industry has got a high turnover rate. So long as you speak good English, there are chances that certain places would be willing to hire you on part-time basis, but illegally though. You might want to try the banquet line at restaurants and hotels, as pay is given at the end of the day and there is no contacts-tracing forms to fill. Most of the time, it is done verbally so good luck!

5. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 10y

Michael;
I would advise to take all the money needed with you. These countries have very low rates of pay and I doubt you would work for $2-3/day. The advice on Singapore sounds like your best bet. Do not leave the US expecting to earn anything while in Asia. That is my best advice.

6. Posted by taiga (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

Though it is payed some about higher than other Asia countries in Singapore. It is illegal to work without work permission with your visa.

7. Posted by m98song (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

well, i posted my resume on vietnamworks.com since that looks like the place i'm going to be spending most of my time. the other countries look more like vacation spots i might visit for a weeks or so at a time so i can work full time in vietnam. if all else fails, i plan on looking for teaching jobs. the only problem is i am not certified, but definately quilified. anyone know of places there i can contact for teaching positions? i hear vietnam is the best for not certified instructors.