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Hong Kong 2018

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by ckelly42, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. clovispoint

    clovispoint Occasional commenter

    Teaching jobs in Hong Kong where the employer pays your rent are few and far between. Paying rent here really hits you in the pocket and is the biggest outgoing. It is a hidden tax. The government looks after property owners. There was a suggestion of help for renters in the new budget but really that is just a subsidy for landlords as the rents will bump up by whatever proportion rents are subsidised. Saying that, salaries here are higher to compensate. You can live well here but don't look at the salary and think you'll be absolutely rolling in cash. Comfortable- and likely better off than in the UK.
  2. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Didnt say i was in Hong kong.
    I was just making a point about not comparing anything to "back home" when you work abroad...because you arent "back home".
  3. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    It's a market thing; or to paraphrase the famous snowclone - 'it's economics stupid'!!
  4. rose8tta

    rose8tta New commenter

    Would either of you be able to give a rough indication of salary / package? I am trying to work out if my offer is acceptable? Any info much appreciated. Struggling to find any information on salary out with the ESF group.
  5. Ms_Love_

    Ms_Love_ Occasional commenter

    Is anyone bringing pets with them to HK?????
  6. ckelly42

    ckelly42 New commenter

    Hi Rosa,
    Congrats on your post!
    Send me a private message and I will get back to you. My account doesn't allow me to begin messages for some unknown reason!
  7. rose8tta

    rose8tta New commenter

    Thanks so much ! I don't think I can send a private message either!! Oh well. I will have another look, but can't see option.
  8. hythlodaeus

    hythlodaeus New commenter

    Hi there! I was wondering if you ever got anywhere with info on bringing pets to HK? I'm hoping to get a second interview for HK but would have to take my beloved dog!
  9. Ms_Love_

    Ms_Love_ Occasional commenter

    We're bringing our cats to Guangzhou which is an hour by train to HK. Check the requirements for dogs but I believe they have to be quarantined in HK. Contact the Animal and Plant Health agency in the UK as they deal with the documents for pet export. Also, check that the airline will actually take your pooch as there are a few 'banned breeds' that China doesn't accept on flights. A visit to the vet to get your doggy passport will tell you all you need to know :) is he/she a big dog?
  10. clovispoint

    clovispoint Occasional commenter

    No need for quarantine in HK if your dog has up to date vaccination records. You can do it yourself but I think you may need to look at specialist pet shipping agents in the UK.
  11. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    I would work out how big your dog is and how big a shoe box you will be living in. Hong kong is not known for its spacious living spaces ;)
  12. clovispoint

    clovispoint Occasional commenter

    Having a dog does limit your choices to an extent as many blocks of flats have a no dogs policy. It isn't universal but tends to be newer places. Older flats are less fussy overall and village house flats / houses are usually okay but the landlords will want to know what size of dog etc. Given local attitudes to dogs (doting / bizarre / terror) this is reasonable. Local people often push dogs around in prams and smuggle them into their dog free buildings in bags. Could be options!
  13. navigatehk

    navigatehk New commenter

    Congrats on your new job!

    Hong Kong has quite a few groups you can join for new teachers. Facebook and Meetup are good resources for meeting other teachers. This group is a good place to start on Meetup. EFL teachers of Hong Kong is quite an active group on Facebook

    Best of luck!
  14. TeacherMan2019

    TeacherMan2019 New commenter

    Congrats on the new gig! Have you visited your new school yet? My wife and I are teachers looking to make the jump to international teaching and we love the idea of HK, Taiwan, Japan, etc. We've been trying to do our homework and understand the lay of the land, so thanks to those of you who have shared your experiences here. We're both Canadian teachers. I've got nine years in (plus a M.Ed) as a humanities (primarily business/economics) teacher. My wife just finished her fifth year teaching primary (early) years. We both stated with a B.A. and B.Ed. We realize that there are a huge range of salaries, benefits, working conditions, etc. Would anyone care to comment on what type of schools two teachers like us should be targeting? We feel like we have really strong extracurricular track records, and are good team members in addition to our proven teaching backgrounds, but without international experience (IB training, but never taught IB classes) we're not sure what is realistic for us to shoot for.

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