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Teaching in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by jkenny91, Jan 16, 2020 at 11:27 AM.

  1. jkenny91

    jkenny91 New commenter

    Hi,

    I have been looking at international opportunities for PE teaching and seen a job I would like to apply for in KL. I was just wondering if anyone can give me some advice surrounding working in KL and what life is like living there. Has anyone on here currently working there?

    Also, are there many western expats in KL who I can get to know and make friends with or are there not many western expats in KL. The salary is around 200,000 RM a year, with a 3,500 allowance per month for accommodation.

    Any advice and help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    J
     
  2. claytie

    claytie New commenter

    There is a large western ex-pat community in KL, so lots of social opportunities. It's a great city to experience, a real mixing pot of cultures. The Malaysians are friendly, gentle people. There are loads of festivals e.g. Chinese New Year (a week off work, too!) to experience. The street food is delicious and you also have all the western comforts in the supermarkets, if you want them. The cost of living is low (if you get a package) and the private health and dental care are excellent - no waiting lists. You can drive to/fly to cheap holidays in the surrounding region, and get a massive residents' discount (around 40%!) at luxury hotels. The traffic is mad - but you learn to adapt and tackle it head-on! -, and pollution can be an issue when the Sumatran farmers decide to have bonfires on their land, although the latter isn't a constant.
    You will get a large, modern apartment with pool/gym facilities for that allowance. And then there's the generous pension which you can take as a lump sum when you eventually leave the country. What's not to like?!
     
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  3. claytie

    claytie New commenter

    Oh, and the Malaysian students are a complete delight; respectful, hardworking and cheerful.
     
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  4. jkenny91

    jkenny91 New commenter


    Amazing. Thank you so much for your detailed reply! It’s helped massively! All sounds amazing, I’ll be sure to apply for the role! :)

    Do you currently teach and live in KL? What’s the nightlife like? Lots of things to do at weekends?
     
  5. amariB

    amariB New commenter

    I teach in KL. As the above commenter said, KL has a huge expat community, centered in certain areas- if you live in an expat area, you will have plenty of other expats to mingle with and expat-friendly things to do. If you live in a more local area, not so much, but it depends what you want- sounds like you are after more of an expat lifestyle. KL has everything you could need, and great travel opportunities. Very easy place to live as English is widely spoken, lots of things (e.g. gym classes) are in English as a standard, and getting around is easy and cheap by their equivalent of Uber. Of course it also has its downsides, but many expats are very happy here.
     
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  6. amariB

    amariB New commenter

    And yes there is lots of nightlife if that's your thing- pubs, bars, clubs, cocktail bars, most things you could find at home.
     
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  7. rosaespanola

    rosaespanola New commenter

    I'd echo everything that has been said already - KL is a great place to live. Plenty of expats, but it'd be a pity to limit yourself to only socialising with other expats - Malaysians are generally very friendly and it's easy to get to know people through your hobbies and so on, it's not the sort of place where expats and locals live totally separate lives like some countries might be. Feel free to send me a PM if you have any other specific questions.
     
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  8. HeroForTheDay

    HeroForTheDay New commenter

    I'd second this... as a PE teacher, I'd assume you were into sports? if so there are plenty of team based games here... Football is massive - people love to watch it and there's a thriving league and social scene for both futsal and football if that's your bag. The other 2 big sports here are Basketball and Badminton which is a really great way to mingle and make friends with the locals. Most of my local friends were made in this way but there are plenty of other ways to make local friends depending on what hobbies you like,

    If that would be something you would be keen on joining send me a message
     
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  9. claytie

    claytie New commenter

    I taught there a few years ago and I am hopefully going back this year! I had a youngster then so didn't dip into the nightlife, but there was a significantly large group of singletons who joined the staff when my family did.They tended to rent apartments in the same condo. They were always off into KL to the bars, and often drove up to the Perhentian Islands (a short ferry trip away from the east coast) for a cheap weekend getaway. You can drive to Kuantan too, on the east coast. Then there's also Port Dickson, a resort area a short drive away down south ideal for a weekend trip, where lots of hotels have sprung up. Loads to do!
     
  10. jkenny91

    jkenny91 New commenter

    Thank you all so much for your quick replies. This has been really helpful. I would be coming with a complete open mind and would love to mingle with the locals and from what I have heard Malaysians are very friendly. I was just wondering if there were opportunities to meet western expats aswell and it seems like there is which is awesome. I have a great social life back in the UK and it is something that is important to me so knowing that the social side is really good sounds brill.

    Is there any advice you would have if I was to move out there as an expat? :)
     
  11. jkenny91

    jkenny91 New commenter

    I also play semi-professional football back in the UK. Are there any football teams I would play for that play at a decent level? Maybe could be a secondary income, or are they all amateur teams? :)
     
  12. HeroForTheDay

    HeroForTheDay New commenter

    The pro leagues pay but the amateur leagues are just for fun. If you were pro in the UK I'm sure you could find some league teams that would pay for you but mostly it's just expats playing as part of a team for enjoyment. I'll send you a PM with more details about teams in KL
     
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  13. jkenny91

    jkenny91 New commenter

    Awesome, thank you. Yeah that would be really helpful!
     
  14. HeroForTheDay

    HeroForTheDay New commenter

    PM sent.. if you dont know how to read messages click your avatar in the top right hand corner of the screen then conversations.
     

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