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Working in Penang, Malaysia

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by caramclaughlin84, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. I've just been offered a teaching post in a school in Penang. I'd love to know more information about living and working on the island. Are there lots of social groups where I can get to know new people (I will be coming out by myself)? What would be considered a decent salary and are the working conditions relatively similar for all school? In terms of accommodation I would be looking to live in Georgetown but that would mean commuting to the school. Is long term car rental cheap and easy as I understand buying a car is out of the question (in terms of price).

    Many thanks,
     
  2. I've just been offered a teaching post in a school in Penang. I'd love to know more information about living and working on the island. Are there lots of social groups where I can get to know new people (I will be coming out by myself)? What would be considered a decent salary and are the working conditions relatively similar for all school? In terms of accommodation I would be looking to live in Georgetown but that would mean commuting to the school. Is long term car rental cheap and easy as I understand buying a car is out of the question (in terms of price).

    Many thanks,
     
  3. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    It depends on the school. Should be fine if you're going up in the world. Other schools may be a little more desolate and remote.
    Cars are the one expensive thing in Malaysia. However, you can pick an older car for a couple of thousand sterling to get you out and about. Or buy a new proton at very low interest over 5 to 7 years; works out much better than long term rental.
    Penang is pleasant enough, but not the social opportunties you'd have if nearer to KL.
     
  4. lovely.lady

    lovely.lady Occasional commenter

    I've only been to Penang on holiday and yes it is quiet but life is what you make it. You can fly to KL from Penang and be there in 1 hour. I liked it some really good restaurants in Batu Ferringi - certainly a place I would revisit if I manage to get the job in KL that I've applied for!
     
  5. nemo.

    nemo. New commenter

    Hi I would say Penang has a repuation for bad drivers! I thought better than KL but Penang drivers like to use their horns a lot(!)

    Lots of schools in Penang - one has only 50 students so I hear but recruiting replacement teachers that couldn't take living in the middle of nowhere and in the hope enrollment will pick up - there is one so far out I can only say for a couple with kids. I have seen a few CVs from teachers trying to get out.....

    Nightlife in Georgetown is dull as dishwater and VERY expensive - cover charges are high. I know plenty of Penang Malaysians as they are all in KL as 'no job no fun lah!' in Penang. I personally couldn't work there as far to dull and I am a stay at home mostly these days.But if you like the quite life - and especially for older married couples with kids - then may be just right for them.

    There are lots of KL schools looking for teachers so teachers market at the moment so look around.
     
  6. Am currently in Penang. PM me and I'll answer any questions
     
  7. IAMBOG

    IAMBOG New commenter

    Would Penang be good for families? Nightlife, as defined by young singles. is somewhat different to that of mid-forties couples with kids.
    Also, i understand Malaysia has opened up its policy on international schools, producing a flood (or maybe trickle, not sure) of new schools. Are there any new ones that look like they'll stand the course and turn out to be good schools?
    I'm looking at Penang or KL.
     
  8. Penang is a great place to live - a very chilled out lifestyle compared to that of the hustle and bustle of KL. It is what you make of it but with 6 international schools on the island these days and another one opening in September, there is plenty of socialising...and not just with other teachers.
     
  9. Hi brummy, would you mind if I PM'd you about working in Penang? Am considering it and would appreciate your input!
     
  10. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    to the OP

    I've just got back from a trip to Penang and would recommend it as a base to live/work. In fact in general I think Malaysia is great. Found Georgetown - dull and falling apart - a bit overrated but it is towards the north it is growing. You'd more than likely get a moped - cheap and easy to use - and traffic isn't anything to worry about: very civilised there I thought relative to SE asian road use in general. Never worry about socialising overseas; my first rule is avoid expats and go local, especially if you are make. The region is made for us.

    Good luck
     
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  11. Hi,

    I was wondering if anybody had heard from the Penang school which is currently recruiting on this site. It says on the ads that they were interviewing from 26th October - anybody had any luck ?
     
  12. percy topliss

    percy topliss Occasional commenter

    Better preface this by saying that I haven't actually taught in Malaysia for over a decade but I have been back to visit and recently stayed in Penang. It is a great place to visit but I find it very dull especially with a view to living there long term. We visited the Komtar, a shopping complex that we hadn't been to for over 10 years only to find that it hadn't changed at all. So we visited the out of town shopping Mall but, once again, it has the feel of Hong Kong or Bangkok 20 years ago.

    There is no denying that the Island is in a lovely location and if you can afford a car you can be in the Cameron Highlands in no time, but living there? You could go to Batu Ferringhi where the Shangri La and Holiday Inn are but then you would just get treated like a tourist all the time.

    On the plus side you have the Penang Sports club which runs loads of teams and excellent nights as well as places like the Eastern and Oriental which was set up by the same people who did Raffles in Singapore plus of course China Town and Little India but I still see it as a quaint holiday place. A bit like New Zealand, only further in the past!
     
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  13. panyrabs

    panyrabs New commenter

    Hi, I'd appreciate some advice. I'm shortly to have an interview for an International school in Penang (Tenby) and wondered if accommodation is included. The advert says 'overseas allowance' does this mean towards accommodation? Any advice regarding this and pay etc would be gratefully appreciated.
     
  14. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    Mentioning the school name can get the thread deleted. You might want to edit your post.
    Schools do many different things and call them many different things. And they might offer one teacher an accommodation allowance or full-on housing, but not another teacher, depending on local or recruited hire status. So best to contact the school itself to find out more.
     
  15. grdwdgrrrl

    grdwdgrrrl Occasional commenter

    Don't do it! On a scale of whatever Tenby be near the bottom.
     
  16. grdwdgrrrl

    grdwdgrrrl Occasional commenter

    Penang is notorious for skimpy salaries. Why, you ask? Because working on a tropical island paradise should really be enough. Salary is low, low, low. On the upside.....pm me.
     
  17. rosiecg

    rosiecg Occasional commenter

    Yeah that school doesn't have a great rep out here...
     
  18. Mickyd197se

    Mickyd197se New commenter

    None of the schools in Penang are particularly good nor well respected internationally like some of the established KL schools, nor do they pay particularly well. The one you mentioned has a worse reputation than most. On the UPside, that school seems to have the best package, but reviews on ISR hardly paint a pretty picture. However, if you are going to get IB experience and then move on up it is as good as most other places. Nice, pretty island, and there's enough to do if you're not the partying type.
     
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  19. grdwdgrrrl

    grdwdgrrrl Occasional commenter

    If, the UPside school has the best package, then you are truly screwed!!
     
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