Skip Navigation

emigrating to Asia

Travel Forums Asia emigrating to Asia

1. Posted by ned zero 9 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

This thread is marked as being about Asia

hey all, i apologise profusely if this subject has been done to death. im trapped in smalltown Ireland and I really need to escape.
im a 32 year old male, single, with an honours degree in graphic design. the reason i mention that is that ive been reading about TEFL
courses, and it seems like this could be my path out of here.

i should outline this first. im really broke. im on the dole here and its haaard to save on the dole.
theres no jobs here so i cant save that way. in saying that, i am saving, as much as i can each week.

so if i can, id like to skip the rather expensive tefl courses and just launch in at the deep end. I'd rather teach adults,
it just sounds less complicated. however it looks (i havnt looked very hard yet) like its easier to get a job teaching kids first.

my question is this: where in Aisa should i aim for?

somewhere with a strong currency would be nice, as i need to get on my feet and save some cash as a backup, pronto.

thanks so much for reading,
kind regards,
ned .

2. Posted by BERLINERP (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Having lived in China, and worked for both Koreans and Chinese employers, I'd say, "Go to Korea." My colleagues say it is easier for a first job. If you can do a $300 U.S. course through International TEFL (find them through the partner site of - something like "compare" or "find") You can do it online, while on the dole and you will be doing yourself a huge favor for the rest of your life. I'm not kidding, nor exaggerating. Good luck!

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

If at all possible, get the TEFL course done before embarking on your teaching career. I did meet some guys in Phnom Penh that were teaching English w/o all the degrees. The pay was not great, but they were making a living. If you do not have the TEFL credentials, Cambodia might be a place to start.

Good luck with your planning.

4. Posted by jackson5 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Korea is a great place for making money by teaching esl. -snip- Good luck.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

5. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2001 posts) 6y

I just sent you a PM about Vietnam

6. Posted by RogerLong (Budding Member 21 posts) 6y

Malaysia is really fascinating especially Kuala Lumpur. We went sightseeing a lot and stayed at one of the really luxurious hotels in Kuala Lumpur where we could rejuvenate.

7. Posted by ned zero 9 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Righto. cheers all for your input :) reckon ill look into the online tefl course. does anyone know how basic or advanced i should go for, is there a minimum that employers look for, or does it vary


8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Not sure if you have this link, but it might be helpful. Dave set it up for all those who want to teach English overseas. Another guy, the Stickman has taught English in BKK for many years. He has some helpful advice as well. Good luck.

9. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 6y

Go to Korea. I have been here for 2 years and the money is the best you will make doing this job. TEFL is not needed here. Loads of jobs, you will find one easily. The school will pay for your flight and give you an apartment to live in for free. Food is amazing also! While you are here you can save a lot of money and then do your TEFL if you want to go to another country. I save about £700 per month and I am married and my wages pays for both of us.