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1. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member 126 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hello everybody,

just wondering if anyone can give me some advice on teaching english in asia. i'm thinking about teaching in south korea as i met a nice canadian couple who told me they could live and work there and still manage to send home $500 canadian dollars a month to pay off credit cards and overdrafts (i've got loads to pay off), does this seem realistic?

also thinking of maybe vietnam or cambodia as i loved both these places when i visited last year. can't really decide. i'm also considering south america as i'd also like to go somewhere i've not already been to.

any suggestions or tips on what to expect would be very much appreciated

thanks for any help!

emma xxx

2. Posted by Twinkle (Respected Member 1112 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Im actually in a similar situation to you...I am thinking about teaching overseas in an attempt to rescue some of my student debts and do some travel at the same time!I have eventually decided on south korea after looking into thailand and china as they are renowned for paying excellent wages....check out the teaching programmes throgh i-to-i, they offer a salary of around £900 per month so when equated with the living costs over there it is a good option to help save money!!!
would be cool to chat if you want to give me a message!!!

3. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3580 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Stickman has taught English in BKK for many years and has his own website. Plenty of info on the teaching scene in Thailand. Use google and you are looking for 'stickman bangkok'.

4. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

This may also be of assistance to you...very informative....:)

5. Posted by spencer23 (Budding Member 23 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Ther website you need to be looking at is this site has all the info you need. By the way Korea pays way more then Thailand or anywhere else in southeast asia plus if you sign a year contract in korea they pay for your airfare and you get a free furnished apartment to live in. Starting wage is about US$2000 per month if you have a bachelors degree(any major is fine)

6. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have been teaching in Japan for 3years, paid off all my student loans(30000C$) and travelled overseas 2 months a year and had alot leftover. If you come here I think a min of 2 years is the best as it takes a while to get on your feet. I also here Korea is good as well as living costs are usually lower.
If you decide to come to Japan keep in touch and I can help you out.

7. Posted by emma1979 (Full Member 126 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hey thank you all so much!

so very very kind and informative. i'll be in touch!

emma xxx

8. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Ghostdog - looking for more info in teaching in Japan as i start a contract there at the end of march. Going to be based in Kokura, nr Fukuoka. Ne advice on how to adjust to life over there? Anything that i should definately bring?

Ne info you have would be gratefully appreciated.


9. Posted by tsubaki (Budding Member 36 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Nicola
I just spent 3 years teaching in Hiroshima on JET, then did a bit of travelling. Great country, Japan, am jealous of you going out there! If you've got any questions etc feel free to mail me on -snip- What company will you be working with? By the way, Fukuoka has a great nightlife and you get the sumo championships, in September I think. Have a fun, as they say out there!

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10. Posted by Peaches (Budding Member 23 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

DId any of you who were thinking of teaching in South Korea apply for it in the end?? I have signed up to do it with i-to-i. I am working at a summer camp in the USA this summer so will start in Korea (providing I get a job!) in November