Teach English in Hong Kong

Benefits and requirements

  • Education:
    Master's Degree in English language or related field
  • TEFL Certification:
    TEFL/TESOL Certification is preferred but not necessary since we provide a free certificate (online or offline at your choice) when you arrive and start your work at a school
  • Other requirements:
    English language fluency in speaking, reading, and writing, 25 or older
    Willingness to stay with the school for 12 or 15 months
    Passion for teaching, indulgence, genuine interest for Chinese culture and an open mind
    Teaching experience at least 2 years
  • Peak Hiring Months:
    Year-round
  • Types of Jobs:
    Public schools, Colleges, International institutions, Language centers, Kindergartens, and Montessori schools
  • Citizenship Requirements: 
    Citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa typically required. We also hire non-native English speakers with fluent English from other countries.
  • Typical Hiring Process:
    Interview by Skype, Self-introduction video, CV
  • Average teaching hours per week:
    20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students:
    Kindergarten education, business professionals, school children, private students,
  • Cost of Living per Month:
    $1,500 -2,000 USD (10,000 - 14,500 RMB), accommodation is free
  • Additional benefits and perks:
    7000 RMB contract completion bonus, Health insurance,
    Airport pickup, Overtime pay, Referral bonuses per person (if a new teacher is hired through your recommendation), Help with a bank account, taxes, paying bills, officials and doctors, Pre-job training, Salary increase + yearly bonuses for teachers who stay with the employer, Well-equipped classrooms, All necessary teaching materials, 24/7 phone support during your stay in China
  • Average Monthly Pay:
    Salary up to 30,000 HKD
     (depends on your schedule, experience, level of English, etc.)
  • Start-up Cost:
    Flight tickets to Beijing + money for the first month of living in China until you get the first salary of $1,000 - 1,300 USD (6,800 – 9,000 RMB)
  • Potential to Save or Break-even:
    Typical monthly savings range from $600 - 1,750 USD/Mo
  • Accommodation Benefits:
    We provide free accommodation to all our teachers (usually very close to the place of work)
  • Flight Reimbursement:
    Flight ticket reimbursement after 9 months (the amount should not exceed 3000 RMB)
  • Vacation - Paid 2 weeks & sick days, national holidays, including Chinese New Year
  • Visas:
    Z Visa is the legal work visa to teach in China, however, teachers may work on other visas depending on their qualifications. We reimburse you the visa fee after 6 months of the contract

Accommodation

It is a common practice, that employer provides you with free housing if you find a long-term job of English teacher abroad.

There are a few options of how your employer can help you with accommodation:

  • Provide you with a nice single flat near the school so you will not spend much time going to and from work
  • Provide you with a monthly allowance so you will need to rent an apartment yourself and communicate with a landlord
  • Also, you can choose an option to live with the flatmate. Sometimes it is the best way to solve the problem with accommodation because your employer provides you with the bigger flat + you can find a new friend.

All of these options are really very convenient because you will not need to spend your salary to rent a flat.

And you will have the opportunity to choose where to live in all three cases because you will be provided with photos of all options.

What kind of accommodation should you expect?

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What is it like to live in Hong Kong?

  • Population: 7,448,900
  • Hong Kong climate: humid subtropical
  • Language: Cantonese and English
  • Public transport: Mass Transit railway 93 metro stations, Public light bus lines

Hong Kong has a fascinating and long history.

It was a colony of the British Empire, and all territories were transferred to China only in 1997.

Now Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China with its features, advantages, and disadvantages.

But, for sure, it is a great place to learn new about the history and culture of Asia.

Hong Kong is a very developed place with the largest number of skyscrapers in the world! Sometimes travelers say that it is not traveling to China, it is travel to the future.

Is Hong Kong safe?

This question worried all foreigners that want to find a job abroad. And it is understandable, but Hong Kong has very high ranks of the Human Development Index and has one of the highest life expectancies in the whole world.

So if you are trying to find Hong Kong English teaching jobs, it is an excellent choice of place, because you will have opportunity to feel how it is to live in this business center, transportation hub and home for many nationalities.

Hong Kong view from the sky
Hong Kong Skyscrapers

What Makes Hong Kong Unique?

Cost of living

One of the most popular questions is the average cost of living in Hong Kong.

Because you want to teach English in Hong Kong and your employer will provide you with the flat, life may be very affordable.

For example, you can have a business lunch in a good restaurant for 88 HKD (11$), and Big Mac or something like that in the fast food only for 40 HKD (5$).

All products in a supermarket are also very cheap: a loaf of bread (500g) – 18 HKD (2$), 1liter of milk – 26 HKD (3,3$), chicken breast without bones (1kg) – 78 HKD (9,9$).

For a monthly pass to use public transport, you will spend around 500 HKD (63$).

As you can see, without any costs for rent, work in Hong Kong as an English teacher can provide you with a high standard of living.

Hong Kong city
Hong Kong Streets
English teaching jobs in Hong Kong

Restaurant and bars

Hong Kong is a multicultural city with plenty of different restaurants and bars (expat bars too) where you can find almost everything.

There are many Chinese restaurants with classical oily and spicy cuisine, where you can choose chicken and beef with different souses and many variations of rice and noodles.

Also, because Hong Kong is a major tourist attraction, you will be able to find many restaurants and bars with European food as well: a variety of salads, Italian pasta, pizza, avocado toasts, etc.

Thus if you are working out and on a strict diet or just prefer a healthy way of living, you will find everything you need in Hong Kong.

There are also many points with fast food or food to go because the Hong Kong city is very fast and sometimes you don’t have enough time for a restaurant.

Hong Kong Best Eats Including Halal Food
Hong Kong cuisine

Places to visit

Hong Kong is a very popular destination among travelers, so you will have a great opportunity to explore the city like a local.

There are many attractions that really worth your attention:

Star Ferry is one of the most popular and cheap touristic entertainments.

You can go to Victoria Harbour and see on your own eyes how ships of all sizes go in all directions.

When you take a trip from Kowloon to Hong Kong you can see how exciting the city is, with all skyscrapers and green parks.

Teach English in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Sightseeing
Wong Tai Sin Temple, Kowloon

Hong Kong Skyline is amazing and unique, because of the geography, nature, and architecture of the Hong Kong city.

The best point to see A Symphony of Light at night is Kowloon waterfront (near the clock).

From this location, you will see a beautiful laser show with music that creates many lights in the city plus multi-colored light rays from the highest skywatchers.

Victoria peak or simply the Peak is the highest point from where you can admire the city.

The little lifehack is that you can go there in the evening and watch A Symphony of Light from this the Peak, it is a really different point of view to the show, and you will notice many details.

A Symphony of Light at night is Kowloon waterfront
ESL jobs in Hong Kong

Best tourist attractions

Of course, you should visit Big Buddha, it is a 34-meters-high statue that sits under Island's Po Lin monastery.

It is a very popular touristic attraction, so you need to plan your visit and go there in the early morning.

Hong Kong Zhejiang province has so many attractions that you really need months to see all of them. Thus you will never feel boring in this city.

If you like temples, you can go to the Wong Tai Sin Temple, it is the newest and the most interesting one.

If you want to spend time on the beach, to see water and breathe fresh air, you need to go to Big Wave Bay, but if you need to have more active rest, go to the Repulse Bay, there are many trendy shops, restaurants, and great points for swimming.

And when you have been already tired of all these atmospheric attractions, you always can go to Disneyland in Hong Kong city and call to mind how funny it is.

If you are looking TEFL jobs in Hong Kong, you will find much more than just a job.

You will find beautiful, developed and multicultural city where you can learn and try many new things, friends and unforgettable moments.

Hong Kong Disneyland
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