Hello, myself and a friend (both from UK) are hoping to work/backpack around Malaysia for 1-3 years,
i was wondering if anyone else here has had experience working there casually before?
i.e. Best jobs too look for, where to find them, areas that will take on foreign workers best, hostel rates ect?
This will be my first time travelling and working so any information would be greatly appreciated.
Malaysia is not the place for casual work for backpackers. Most casual jobs are done by immigrant workers. For other jobs you require a work permit which is expensive.
In a country filled with plentiful, cheap labour I doubt you'll have anything to bump you to the front of the line unless you have some unique skill or trade. Why would a local hire a rich foreigner?
I see, thankyou both for your replys.
Is there any recommended countries in asia/indochina where casual work/travelling is available at all?
Nowhere in SE Asia or Indochina or even South Asia. There is plenty of local labour so they won't employ Westerners. I suggest you try Australia or New Zealand!
"... Is there any recommended countries in asia/indochina where casual work/travelling is available at all?..."
Think about it ohmanbear, if you were an employer in a poor developing country why in the world would you consider hiring some rich foreigner with no unique skills, no trade and who doesn't even speak/read/write the language? It doesn't make any sense.
Some information about employment in Malaysia
Instead of applying for working visa, just hop on a casual visit. Decide from there whether you like the place and then approach the embassy for more help. There are quite a number of interesting historical places, beaches, forest reserves, so if you guys are into that, it would be great.
Teaching English as a foreign language would be your only option for casual work in that region, I would have thought.
The OPer would still require CELTA or equivalent, which I'm sure they don't possess otherwise the possibility of teaching ESL would have been their first question...
Yes, as CheersT says, they would need some form of TEFL to teach in Malaysia. You can't pick up casual teaching jobs here.