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Shanghai- what's it like to live and work there?

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Shanghai is quite a popular expat teaching destination and based on what Linva, a British expat teacher working in a secondary school there, has to say- it is very easy to see why! Spoiler alert: Expat teachers pay tax in Shanghai...

How long have you been teaching abroad?

This is my sixth teaching year abroad. I spent five years teaching in the Middle East and this is my first year teaching in Shanghai. 

What made you decide to move overseas to work?

For me it was more about seeking adventu…

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What's it like to live and work in Oman?

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WOW! When I asked Emma, an expat teacher for the last 4 and a half years in Muscat, to answer some questions about life in Oman, I was delighted when she agreed! But before you read this wonderful interview, be sure to join our supportive Empowering Expat Teachers FB group here! You are in for such a treat because Emma clearly loves her expat home and gives us such a great insight into living, working, and socialising in Oman, as well as top tips for getting a job there! Enjoy...

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What's it like to live and teach in Bangkok, Thailand?

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In today's interview, we speak to Jade, who is in her first year teaching in Bangkok. Not only does she give us the lowdown on living in Thailand, she also gives us some useful tips to get a job there!

How long have you been teaching abroad?

I have been teaching abroad for just over 3 years now. Our first 3 were in Kuala Lumpur, and now we are in Bangkok.

What made you decide to move overseas to work?

My partner and I were saving for a house, but both of us were working two jobs – teaching a…

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Indonesia - what's it like to live and work there?

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Today, we talk to Tiara, a teacher who has worked and lived in Jakarta, Indonesia. From her interview, it sounds like it is a perfect location to explore Southeast Asia, so possibly a destination for all your travel lovers out there!

How long have you been teaching abroad?

I just began my 6th year abroad.

What made you decide to move overseas to work?

A tough job market in my state of residence, plus a good push from a friend to pursue my dream of traveling the world. 

How did you find your…

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Kazakhstan- what's it like to live and work there?

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Today we feature Lizzy, an Irish teacher who used to live and work in Almaty, Kazakhstan. I honestly didn't know much about Kazakhstan before chatting to Lizzy, but she definitely paints a persuasive picture of expat life there. What do you think?

How long have you been teaching abroad?

I moved to Almaty, Kazakhstan, on the 9th of August, so just over 1 month (at time of writing!).

What made you decide to move overseas to work?

While I was happy working in Ireland, I decided that a move abro…

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What's it like to live and work in Vietnam?

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Today's interview is with Narsisa, who used to live and teach in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Vietnam sounds like a wonderful country to live and teach in, but sometimes pollution can be an issue in the cities...

1)How long have you been teaching abroad?

I have been teaching abroad for 3 years.

2) What made you decide to move overseas to work?

I was working in London and felt the need to move abroad and be able to travel.

3) How did you find your current job?

I found my current job via the…

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What's it like to live and work in Switzerland?

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Today, we have Hannah, who has moved to work in a school in Switzerland! Switzerland is famed for its stunning scenery, but is the cost of living really as high as it seems? Let's find out...

How long have you been teaching abroad?

Two years.

What made you decide to move overseas to work?

I have always wanted to live and work somewhere besides the UK but needed to gain qualifications and experience that would make me employable somewhere else to do so. Also, I was generally dissatisfied with…

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How to get your documents attested for your teaching job abroad

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Congratulations! You've secured your ideal teaching job abroad! Once you get over the celebrations, you swiftly realise that you've a to-do list the length of your arm! One vital part of the process is getting your documents legalised and attested for your school abroad. You need to complete this process before you arrive to your new country, in order to get an employment visa.

These documents include:

  • Your undergraduate degree
  • Your teaching certification

Some schools also ask for the le…

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Can you teach abroad as an unqualified teacher?

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In a word, yes. Even though the majority of western-curriculum international schools here require a full recognised teaching qualification or licence from the UK, Ireland, America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa, some options are available to unqualified teachers. One option is the International School of Choueifat (a chain owned by SABIS®, the global education network) accept candidates who:

  • Have a Bachelors degree in the subject needed or a related subject matter
  • Are profi…

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How to find a job in Further Education (FE) & universities in the Middle East

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There are many FE and third-level educational institutions in the Middle East and many employ Western-trained teachers and lecturers. Here are a list of such institutions:

Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT)

The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is the biggest higher educational institution in the UAE, with more than 20,000 students attending 17 male and female colleges in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Fujairah and the western cities of Madinat Zayed and Ru…

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