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Where to go if you want a social lifestyle?

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by eburor, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. eburor

    eburor New commenter

    Hi All,

    There must be boatloads of these 'where do I go?' threads. Is there a sticky or reference thread?

    I was toying with the idea of going abroad to teach 5 years ago but fell in to a relationship so that didn't happen. That's now over so I'm tempted to go abroad again. I'm a maths teacher, currently HoD, so I imagine I will be in demand even if I just take a normal class teacher role. Slightly concerned though in the sense that at 33 I think I should probably be looking to meet people, socialise and eventually find someone to settle down with. Not only that, but I also really enjoy playing sports. I imagine all this would be quite difficult in the ME (?) so I'm focusing on Asia/SE Asia.

    I suppose my priorities are lifestyle (less work/more play, opportunities to socialise, little to no language barrier), salary and then weather (in that order). Singapore appeals and I think it fits, but heard it mentioned that it is in high demand and as I have never taught before internationally I might be a weak candidate there.... Going to join search associates as I think that is the advice generally given? I'd be interested in seeing average salaries on there and getting a better idea of where my money might go further.
  2. StrangePanda

    StrangePanda Occasional commenter

    Have a look at Hong Kong. Also, though I’ve never worked in Vietnam, I hear that it’s good for socialising. Same for Thailand. Japan is also a wonderful country, if you can get a job there.
  3. StrangePanda

    StrangePanda Occasional commenter

    Hmmmmm. Just re-read your post. Japan might not be great for no language barrier.
  4. lottee1000

    lottee1000 Occasional commenter

    Thailand is great for socialising as there are just so many expats there. The language barrier with Thai is obviously immense, so you end up socialising mostly with other expats. Day to day life is fine though, you learn a few, basic Thai words for taxi drivers and stall holders and most other people you come into contact with will have a smattering of English.
  5. SPC2

    SPC2 Occasional commenter

    Happy to be corrected, but I'd suggest that a social life based around participating in, rather than watching sport (on TV), might actually be more likely in the ME than in SE Asia. Precisely because cities and expat communities are often larger in Asia, and opportunities to mix with the host community usually greater, expat life tends to be more disparate, less close-knit and more bar-focused. HK and Singapore apart, I'm not sure how much of a sports-orientated culture is actually to be found in Asia (?).
  6. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

    There is quite a lot of sports in Taipei but it really depends on what you like. There is cricket, rugby, football, martial arts (of various kinds), dancing, cycling, swimming, surfing, hiking, running, etc. There are frequent triathlons and iron man type competitions on the island. Dragon boat racing is also popular. If you just want to socialise with expats you can but there are lots of opportunities to be involved in local community activities and find friends locally.

    A lot of people speak English and you don’t need to learn a lot of Mandarin to be able to get by. I know people who have been here years who speak no Mandarin at all and still manage to do fine.

    I can’t tell you much about what it’s like to meet potential bf/gfs as I came out here with my partner. I have one friend who met a Taiwanese guy and they got married over the summer and just had a baby. But, I also have friends who have moved back home because they wanted to meet someone and hadn’t had any luck. I think it’s luck of the draw really.

    Nightlife here is pretty good. Also lots to do around the city. Well placed for travel as well. Cheap flights to most places in SE Asia.
  7. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    the potential to meet a partner would very much depend on your gender and orientation. if you are a straight male then you will have no problem what so ever. if you are straight female then things get a lot more difficult, there are a LOT of single straight females out there on the circuit. most of the gay people i have worked with haven't seemed to have had an issue getting a partner at all.
  8. LCoutts

    LCoutts New commenter

    It depends on what hat you want from your social life. Big party scene in Dubai and lot of opportunities to get involved in sport. Again - similar to previous post: if you're male you'll have no bother but female...
    It would seem the ratio of men to
    Women in Dubai is quite significantly unbalanced. Men tend to have their pick out here.

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