Hello and welcome. I'm back again this week for another live session from ITTT. Super excited to be here again, as always it is Friday 10:00 a.m. where I am in South Korea. Please let me know if you can see me and if you can hear me, use the comment section and just throw in a quick hi and where you're watching from. Let me know where you are in the world. I would be super excited to know because we always get a very international crowd here. Let me know where you are right now and what time it is there. I would appreciate it. I am in South Korea, about an hour and a half south of Seoul. It is Friday morning and the weather is kind of cloudy but it's not too bad. Yesterday was really nice, spring has finally arrived. We've already got some plum blossoms that I was hunting down yesterday and took some really cute pictures, that's why I'm feeling very springy today. I thought I would wear a little floral shirt because I'm just so ready and excited about spring. I even had a sakura cherry blossom latte this morning, so I'm crazy about spring.
So we have got some people here, it's still evening where you are, great, where are you at? Hi Gwen, good to see you again. We also have Kanan, I hope I'm saying it right, from India, cool. Gwen is in Malaysia and it’s 9:00 a.m. Yeah, you're one hour behind me. So let's wait for a couple more people to join us in our session today and you probably already know what the topic is because you can see the title somewhere around here. We are live on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube at the same time so thanks so much for tuning in. If you are listening to this episode as a podcast, thanks so much for the download. We always turn our live sessions into audio only podcast episodes, so if you enjoy podcasts I highly recommend checking out the ITTT TEFL and TESOL podcast. You can find us on Spotify, Google Podcasts, iTunes, and all other podcast providers.
Hello Aaron from the Philippines, thanks so much for tuning in. Then we have Lilia saying hello Linda. Tiana is back. I missed you Tiana because you have always been watching and the past few times I was concerned as you weren’t with us. It’s good to have you back. So today’s exciting topic is the top hiring seasons for teaching English abroad. We're going to go over different countries on different continents and what their hiring seasons are, so when's the best time to go job hunting. Also there will be some tips for job hunting in those places as sometimes you need to get hired in advance when you're still in your home country and you can do online interviews, but in some countries you need to apply in person. So we're going to talk about that as well.
Thanks so much for tuning in and as always please don't forget to like and subscribe so that you never miss a live session. We go live twice a week, one time with me on Fridays, or Thursday depending where you are in the world, and my colleague Liza goes live on Tuesdays. She is a non-native English teacher from Russia and so she does a lot of really cool live sessions about how to advance in your teaching career as a non-native English speaker, how to improve your English, how to plan your lessons, so it's really interesting especially for those teachers who come from a non-native English background. I love watching her live sessions because she has so many really cool ideas for lesson planning and how to create fun activities, so I always learn a lot. And you can always re-watch our live sessions as they're always on our YouTube channel and on our Facebook page. You can find them there in the video section or on YouTube we have a folder or a playlist called live sessions.
Okay, it's 6:00 p.m. in Arizona, that's not too late, thanks so much. Have you had dinner yet? I also want to bring attention to this QR code, so you can scan this code at any time during the live session to get a 30% discount off any TEFL or TESOL course from ITTT. I'm also going to share the discount link with you guys right now so that you have that because some people can't scan especially if you're watching on a mobile device. You can use this link I pasted into the comment section, it should show up any minute now. Good, so it looks like this and you can click on it and you'll go straight to the application page. If you haven't completed a course yet, you can do that and get 30% off, awesome.
Okay, it’s 3:08 a.m in Egypt, wow you're up very late. Thanks so much for tuning in and staying up, I appreciate it. Somebody's asking, I want to go to Saudi Arabia and work as a TEFL teacher, any advice on when is the best time to apply? Yes, stay tuned as I will be mentioning Saudi Arabia very soon, so keep watching. I'm going to go over the different countries and different continents, we're starting with Asia and then we're going to work our way through Europe, the Middle East, and Central America. I think it's going to take maybe 30 to 40 minutes and then we're gonna have a Q&A session, but feel free at any time to throw your questions at me. I'll be happy to answer them at any time, even if it's not related to this topic. We also have a very big FAQ section that you can check out, that's very useful. Let me share the link with you guys so that you can refer back to that now or later. It's a huge section and pretty much every question you can think of related to teaching or TEFL or anything like that is answered there. So if there's something that I don't answer or if I can't see your question or you have a question after this live stream you can go there to check that out.
I am going to make myself a little bit smaller and here we go we're starting with this topic right now. So the top hiring seasons for teaching English abroad. But before that I always start off with a little self-introduction. My name is Linda and I am a travel writer and content creator under the name Linda Goes East. You can find my personal website at lindagoeseast.com. I highly recommend you check it out and you can also find me on social media also at Linda Goes East on all the platforms, especially Instagram. If you're interested I have some really cute stories up about spring blossoms. I went out yesterday and the plum blossoms are in full bloom right now. You can find that in my stories and I also had a really interesting strawberry sakura latte this morning that I bought from Japan. You can also see that in my stories if you're interested. I am originally from Germany and the USA, so my mom is German and my dad is American. I have dual citizenship and I have spent time in both countries. I've pretty much been living in Asia since 2012. I moved to China and now I've been based in South Korea for six years.
I've been teaching and working for ITTT as a TEFL and TESOL marketing professional. For anyone who doesn't know, ITTT stands for International TEFL and TESOL Training, our website is teflcourse.net. So you can check that out and on Instagram at International TEFL Training. We are a leading TEFL and TESOL course provider and we have a huge variety of different TEFL courses for all different needs and backgrounds. I actually did a live session about which course is right for you not too long ago. I think it was October or November, you can check that out at any time. Thanks so much for helping each other out with the captions thing, you guys are awesome. I love our little community, it's so great to see the same people every week and then some new people and we all engage with each other, that's what I want my live sessions to be about. Not just me talking like a lecture or something, but an exchange with each other. I always learn so much from you guys as well, so it's really interesting.
I would like to ask you guys first before we jump into the different hiring seasons where would you like to teach? Where are you most interested in teaching? I know that somebody was asking about Saudi Arabia which is really awesome. I know Tiana wants to go to Korea, what about everybody else? Where is your favorite place, where you would really like to go and teach? Or would you like to teach online from home or on the road and travel at the same time?
Ashok, I hope I am saying that right, Ashok wants to teach in China. Awesome, I taught in China for a little bit. I love China. I actually studied Mandarin Chinese and then I moved to China and taught English there, it was great and I really want to go back as soon as the borders open.
Tiana says South Korea of course. Jennifer says I'm flexible, online is cool. That's awesome, I also recently started teaching English online for one of those platforms, I might talk about that in the future too. It's been really fun getting to meet so many interesting people, I think that’s my favorite part about that because you never know who you're going to talk to or who you're going to teach.
Luciana would like to teach in Egypt and she is from Brazil. That's great, I am also going to talk about Egypt later on. Maybe you can help me with some things about Brazil as I will mention the hiring seasons there later. Maybe Luciana you can have some input about the school year, when the school year starts in Brazil and all that. I will get back to you in a little bit.
Hi Giuliano, you have a new picture. I love it. He says I'd like to teach in China but online. Yeah we are actually getting more and more job offers like that in China where you work for a Chinese school or company but it is all done online. We actually work with a company like that so if you're interested you can hit me up and maybe I can put you in touch with them. Just a suggestion.
Okay, somebody wants to teach in the USA. That's really good as you can also teach English in an English-speaking country, that's always a possibility. Gwen says I'd love to try teaching in a few places, maybe Thailand, China, South Korea, Japan, and maybe also Costa Rica. I think that's one of the great things about TEFL and teaching abroad, you don't have to just stay in one place. You can move on to the next place and go teach there, a lot of people do that. They stay for a year and then move on to the next country. One of my really good friends has taught English in Japan for three years and then she moved to Korea for five years and now she has gone back home to the US and she's teaching online. Next she wants to go to Mexico I think. Everything is possible.
Juliana says I would like to teach online and tutor among my community, but I also like to visit my friends in their countries. Awesome, that's really good. Juliana's also interested in Malaysia and Singapore, maybe you can ask Gwen about Malaysia and Singapore. Jennifer says I like the sound of teaching business English online. I like the sound of that too, that sounds really cool. I'm kind of interested in teaching English for businesses in Korea. Gwen says I like the flexibility of online teaching but I far prefer teaching face to face because I think some nuances of communication are lost over video conferencing. That’s an interesting point, thank you for that. Noor says any country with good salaries and a good lifestyle while including travel around the world, that is the perfect place. Yes, that sounds like a good choice, don't we all want that?
Thanks so much for all your input, that's very interesting. Some very mixed answers there. So let’s start looking at the first continent and the top hiring seasons. We're going to start off with Asia and the hiring seasons for teaching English in Asia. There's basically a primary hiring season which is literally year-round. Asia is great for year-round hiring except for a few places such as Taiwan and Thailand. I'm going to talk about that in a little bit. Of course the biggest hirer of teachers in Asia is China and you can actually find positions there at any time of the year. They don't really have a hiring season as there's too many positions that need to be filled all over the country. China is great for literally any time of the year and they also hire teachers in advance from when you're still in your own country which is great as you don't have to go there first or worry about visas and stuff.
South Korea offers many teaching jobs through the EPIK Program which is a government funded program that places English teachers in public schools. The program has two hiring seasons. The first one is in the spring and early summer for August and September start dates and then there's also a smaller recruitment in the fall for positions that start in January or February. So if you're interested in teaching in Korea those are the two hiring seasons that you need to watch out for. That's when most job offers are going to show up online and on job boards. Also keep a close eye on the EPIK website for more details.
Over in Japan they have a similar scheme called the JET Program that is very similar to EPIK as it's a government-funded program that places teachers into schools around Japan. Their deadline is always the first of December for positions that start the following autumn. So if you want to go to Japan and you want to work for the JET Program you need to have your application in by the 1st of December for the next fall. So keep that in mind for your planning and your timeline.
Next let's talk about Thailand and Taiwan. In Thailand the two main hiring seasons are in May and then again in November as they coincide with the start of the main school terms. You can sometimes find positions from abroad while you're still in your home country, but they also do a lot of face-to-face recruitment. So if you want to teach in Thailand it is often best to be in the country in either May or November or shortly before that and then you can interview in person.
For Taiwan the main hiring season is after the Chinese New Year which is different every year, so you need to check. Sometimes it's in January and sometimes it's in February because they follow the lunar calendar. Also, July and August are good months for hiring in Taiwan. Most hiring here is completed in advance so you can have everything in place before you leave home. You can find positions online and then interview online. So that's what it looks like for Asia. You can definitely find positions year-round, especially in private schools as they pretty much hire all the time. But you're definitely going to see more job opportunities during those times that I just mentioned and that are listed here.
Tiana has a question. Are there any specific job websites you'd recommend for looking for jobs in Korea?
Yes, there are a lot of them. There's the all-time favorite Dave's ESL Cafe, that one's really good. Then there's also our ITTT job section, I can share that with you as well, let me check, we actually also sort our jobs by country so you can check that out. I'm going to share that into the comment section right now. You can select the country where you want to go and you'll find all the most recent job offers there. Also if you see a job offer that you really like and it's already a little bit older, I would still recommend reaching out to them because the turnover is often high. I also recommend Facebook groups a lot as there is literally a Facebook group for everything. I think there is a Facebook group called jobs in Korea and people advertise there, so you can check that out and become a member. There are probably also groups for teaching jobs in China, teaching jobs in Costa Rica, wherever you want to go.
Noor is asking are visas available currently during the pandemic?
Actually moving abroad for an English teaching position is actually a great way to travel at the moment. One of the only ways because tourist visas are pretty much not available in a lot of places, but work visas and long-term resident visas and things like that are available. I know a lot of people who got hired in Korea in the past year. Of course they still have to go through quarantine and take a COVID test and all that, but once that is done they can start their new life in Korea. This happens quite a lot, especially in Asia because it is the biggest region for EFL teaching. It doesn't stop even for COVID, hiring is still going on.
Laurie's asking is it mostly native English speakers that get hired and what are the chances for non-native speakers getting hired?
Asia has a lot of opportunities for non-native English speakers, especially Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. Also Japan as the JET Program is not only for native English speakers, which is really great. Korea is a little bit more difficult as the EPIK Program is only open to people from an English-speaking country. I also think that China is an option as you don't have to be a native English speaker, you just need to have a TEFL certificate and a degree. So there are a lot of opportunities for non-native English speakers. I know that my colleague Liza did a live stream about that before so you can go back and check that out in our playlist. It's called teaching English abroad as a non-native English speaker or something like that. I also actually did a live session with her together and we talked about that too. Basically, the difference for a native English speaker versus a non-native English speaker who wants to be a teacher. So go and check that out, there's a lot of good information in there.
Giuliano says do you recommend any online groups?
Okay, so Facebook groups. I'm part of one for Korea, I can't remember the name. I have to search, is it TEFL teachers in South Korea? You can just search on Google. Ah, ESL teachers in Korea is one that has 10,000 members. Another one is English teaching jobs in Korea. There are a lot of groups on there so you can go and check them out. I'm just going to share them in the comment section right now so you guys can check it out. There'll be groups like this for almost every country, just replace Korea with China or with Peru or whatever and pretty likely you're going to find a group.
Noor is asking how do we apply for a job in an Asian country, do we go to an embassy or check a school's website?
A good question. So you can just Google teaching jobs in whatever country you want to go to. There's also recruitment agencies that you can reach out to and those are free for teachers. Those are great especially if you don't live abroad yet and you don't have any experience of moving abroad. We work with several different recruiters and many of them specialize in Asia, so you can reach out to them and tell them where you want to go. You can also use Facebook groups and respond to job offers and then you will get a list of things that you need to prepare for your visa for that country. For example, your TEFL certificate, your resume, your passport, all those things that you will need, maybe a background check, it always depends on what country you're going to. Those requirements are usually different, but once you have all of that then you go to the embassy and you submit your application. Then you will receive your visa and you can go abroad.
Tiana also has a good group. Yes Tiana, why don't you paste the link to your group into the comment section. Okay, this is Tiana's group. It's also a really good group, you can all connect on there and share information, it's really good.
Juliana is asking if South Korea has any summer camp opportunities?
Yes they do. They also have winter camps that are very popular. However, I think for those positions most of the time only people who are already in Korea get hired because of the visa thing. It's expensive to get the visa so usually they only hire teachers who are already here.
Noor is asking does my nationality matter or is it the language that I speak that is most important?
It really depends on where you want to go. Some countries like Korea where you need a work visa, you can only get it if you're from an English-speaking country. But some other countries like the JET Program in Japan, they don't care about your nationality, they care about your English level. I think you have to submit some kind of English proficiency certificate. But it depends on where you want to teach.
Another question here about whether you need a bachelor’s degree to apply for a job in China?
Yes you do need a bachelor's degree to work in China and for several other countries as well. But if you don't have a degree there's still many countries where you can teach. It's going to narrow down your options a bit, but it's still very possible in places like Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, basically much of Southeast Asia. Also in Latin America there are a lot of countries that don't require you to have a degree. There's also a program called the TaLk Program in Korea where you can apply if you only have a two-year degree. So after an associate's degree for example you can also teach in Korea in the TaLk Program.
Juliana's asking does it count when we just have experience teaching in our own country?
So you mean for a working visa for China? Yes absolutely, to get a working visa for China it just says two years work experience, it doesn't really matter what kind of work, it doesn't even have to be teaching related. And it can be in your own country or abroad.
Noor is asking if we apply for a job in China as an example would I be required to go there for the interview?
Most of the time, especially for China, you don't have to interview in person. They would do a Skype interview and then if you get hired they send you your contract to sign and with that signed contract you go to the embassy and submit all your other paperwork. They then issue you your visa and the school will book your flight to China. That's typically how it works.
Someone else has also asked if I got a job in China would I get free flight tickets and a free house or money to rent a house?
China typically has pretty good benefits. You usually get free airfare and you might also get a house or a teacher's apartment. Those are pretty typical benefits for China.
Gwen is asking do employers usually sponsor the visa process or does it change between countries and employers?
Yes, it varies. In Asia it is usually all sponsored by the employers. They often also pay for airfare. The visa costs aren't that expensive so they sponsor that. However, what you might need to pay for is sometimes you need a special stamp on your documents, for example on your TEFL certificate or on your college transcripts. You might also need a criminal background check and you have to pay for all that, the school doesn't pay for that. So the school pays for your visa usually and then for your flight tickets typically.
A lot of people have been asking about the Middle East as well, so I want to talk about that. So the top hiring seasons for teaching English in the Middle East are also primarily year-round, except for public schools. Private schools tend to hire all the time but public schools vary. In the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and much of the Arab world the top hiring season is during the spring and early summer for August and September start dates. And then again in the fall for positions that begin in January, February and March.
Morocco, Egypt, and Jordan are a little bit different. So what you need to know about that is they have similar hiring seasons, however, most of the jobs in Morocco, Egypt, and Jordan are found locally in the country. That means if you want to work there you need to go to the country during those hiring seasons and job hunt on the ground. They typically do not hire in advance from your home country. Somebody here was saying they wanted to go to Egypt, so that's something to look out for. Other than that the hiring seasons are pretty much the same throughout the Arab world. Okay, does that make sense? It's so quiet now, maybe Asia is super popular right now and the Middle East maybe not so much.
All right, here's a question from Irma. I want to know in your opinion what is better, being in the country while applying for a teaching job or an online application?
This really depends on where you want to teach. Because for example in Morocco, Egypt, and Jordan it would be better to go there and job hunt in the country during those hiring seasons. We're going to talk about Latin America in a little bit as well and many countries in that part of the world are also the same. However, for Korea or China it's not really typical to go there before and then job hunt in person. It's pretty much done only online and the reason for that is because you need to have your work visa ready before you go. For example, in China you can't get your work visa there in the country, you need to get your visa from your home country. So you need to apply for a Chinese work visa in your own country and only then you can get it. If you wanted to job hunt in person in China you would fly to China and get a tourist visa which also costs money, and then once you have found a job you would have to go back home to your home country and then get the work visa before heading back to China. So that's very complicated and unnecessary and that's why it's just done online.
So it depends on the country you want to go to, so research about the place you want to go to and how the application process works in that place. Okay another question. May I ask what about Australia, is it difficult to find a job? And if teaching online am I required to have my certificate first?
I don't know too much about Australia, I have to be honest. But I know a lot of foreigners who went to Australia for work and it's quite easy as there's a lot of working holiday visa options. I don't know too much about teaching English in Australia, there are opportunities for sure and then when you say teaching online do you mean teaching online while in Australia? So that would probably also be possible with a working holiday visa, so you could look into those options. I think working holiday visas might be a good option for that and those can also be extended as far as I know. I would recommend either reaching out to people who are teaching English in Australia right now. You can find blogs perhaps or Facebook groups and then you could also call your local Australian embassy in your country and ask them. I'm not too familiar with that unfortunately.
Another question from Noor, thanks for being so active, I love it. If I got a job as an English teacher do I have to get the visa from my own country or am I able to do it from a different country? I am not in my own country right now, I am in a different country that I don't have nationality of.
That is going to depend on the country where you're going to, sometimes that is possible. I moved from China to South Korea and I wanted to get my Korean work visa in China so I went to a Korean embassy in China and it did not work for some reason. It was just not possible so my school recommended that I go to Japan. So I actually went to Korea and entered on a tourist visa and then I left to go to Japan two weeks later. I got my work visa in Japan, it took like three days at a korean embassy and then I flew back to korea. So that is possible, but I think for some countries like China it is not possible and it needs to be done in your home country. The best way would be to call the embassy of that country and ask them what you have to do.
Okay, let's move on to the next region. We are going to Europe and their hiring seasons. I think nobody today in our little group here has mentioned Europe, but Europe is a very popular teaching destination although it can be quite hard to get into. As far as I understand it there are two main hiring seasons. The primary hiring season for Europe is around September and October and the secondary one is in January. I also want to mention that Turkey, Russia, and Georgia actually hire year round, so you can find positions there throughout the year. It is also interesting to know that the government assistant programs in Spain and France, that is the TAPIF Program in France and the Cultural Ambassadors Program in Spain, require their applications to be filed by March for positions starting in September. So if you want to apply for one of those programs that's the timeline you need to follow. A lot of people also do summer camps, so these are typically filled locally with people from within the EU. But those from elsewhere can also find summer camp positions, including Americans and Canadians and those from other parts of the world. They typically hire during the winter and spring for the following summer, so if you want to do a summer camp job then you would have to job hunt in the winter or spring before.
Tiana says I would love to go to Germany because I'm half German or Italy. And also someone is asking what countries in Europe offer a good life with everything needed for language teachers?
So we actually always say for people outside of the EU that a great way to start your teaching journey in Europe is the Czech Republic. It is a good place for teaching English as a foreign language because the visa regulations aren't that strict compared to many other European countries. It's quite easy to get into and the cost of living is also much lower compared to many other european countries. So if you're interested in Europe we always recommend the Czech Republic as a good starter option and then you can network and figure things out locally and maybe you can move on to a different country. The Czech Republic is so beautiful and Prague is an amazing city, there's so much to see and once you're there and you have your visa you can also travel all across Europe, no problem.
Next we have the hiring seasons for teaching English in Central America. Central and South America are very different in terms of their hiring seasons. So the primary hiring season for teaching English in Central America is June and July and the secondary one is January and February. However, Costa Rica is a little bit different as they interview in December for positions beginning in January. I don't know why. Mexico is also special as language schools tend to hire year-round, so they don't really stick to those main hiring seasons. In general in Central America you need to be on the ground with your TEFL certification in your hand during these hiring seasons to interview in person. It is not common in Central America to get hired in advance from your home country. So if you want to find a job in this region you would have to go there typically in June or July or maybe a little bit earlier, or in December or January.
There are a lot of Facebook groups that can help with this situation as they have people who have been through the job hunting process in Central America. You can search for teaching positions in Costa Rica, teaching positions in Mexico, EFL teachers in Mexico or whatever and then join those groups. These groups are so valuable as you can ask questions and get answers from people who actually live there and have actually been through the process. That's always a really great way to find out the most current information because sometimes things change quite a lot and we at ITTT don’t always know the official rules of every country.
Okay, let me move on now to South America. The primary hiring season in South America is February and March and the secondary one is July and August. Here I've listed the most popular countries and all of their hiring seasons so that you can compare them. We had somebody from Brazil on earlier, if you're still here maybe you can say a little bit about that and validate if that's correct. So for Argentina it says March, April, July, and August. Then for Brazil it says the middle of February, March, and August. Ecuador says February, March, July, and August. Colombia is the middle of January, February, July, and August. Bolivia is the middle of February, the middle of March, July and August. Chile is March, April, July, and August. So if you are not sure when to go, July and August seems to be a great time. A lot like Central America you need to be on the ground in South America and interview in person, that is just part of their culture and their hiring process. They just do face-to-face interviews a lot more than hiring in advance online.
I have just listed here the 10 countries with the highest demand for teaching English abroad at the moment or for 2021 so you know where the hottest places are. These are all really great places, not to say that all the other places aren't good, but these 10 countries are the hottest right now. It's no surprise that China is still number one. China has been number one for a long time. It's a huge country with a huge EFL market, there's more vacant positions than people to fill them so if you want to go to China you can definitely find a job there. Maybe Beijing and Shanghai are a bit tougher as they are so popular, but there are hundreds of smaller cities with plenty of options. When I lived there the first time I lived in Guangzhou which is one of the biggest cities in China. It's very close to Hong Kong and it was great, I love that city. The second time I went to a city called Changsha and that's quite unknown even for Chinese people. A lot of Chinese people don't even know but it's the capital city of Hunan province. It’s a huge city with a lot going on and it was also great. So you don't have to stick to the most well-known cities as those are more competitive. You can branch out a little bit and find a good place.
Number two on the list is South Korea as it is hiring like crazy at the moment despite COVID. Sure you have to go through your COVID testing and also quarantine for two weeks, but after that you're ready to teach and everything is pretty much normal. We don't really have a lockdown at the moment, it's not like before but everything is open normally.
Then we have Japan. Japan is quite similar to Korea as everything's still going on quite normally. Vietnam and Thailand also. I have a friend currently living in Vietnam and she says it's also pretty good there, people are still hiring. I think you also have to go through a quarantine process. I actually did a live stream about the best places to teach English in 2021 a couple of weeks ago and they also mentioned some quarantine situations per country. So you can refer back to that one if you're interested in how that process works.
Then we have Taiwan. As you can see, numbers one to six are all in Asia. Asia is where it's at at the moment and it has been for a while for teaching English abroad. Juliana says I have a friend who went to Taiwan to teach English in one of their summer camps. Yeah, so that's really great, that's what I would love to do too. Taiwan is a really beautiful place, I really want to go back there again.
Tiana is asking how do you get a job in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong has a teaching program called the NET Scheme, you've probably heard about it. I know a couple of people who went there through the NET Scheme and it was really good. They earned quite a lot of money in Hong Kong, but also it is a very expensive place to live and the apartments are quite small. So it has its pros and cons. If you are new to Hong Kong and foreign travel I would definitely recommend going through that scheme. We have had ITTT grads go there. There was a guy from Italy who went to Hong Kong and taught English, not through the NET Scheme, he just taught for a private school I believe. He found a job there so you don't have to be a native English speaker, you can be from anywhere as long as you have a good English background. I definitely recommend Hong Kong, it’s similar to Singapore where it's just a really big city so it depends on if you like city living or not.
Next on the list we have Spain and France. They also have teaching programs. Like I said earlier, in Spain they have the Cultural Ambassadors Program and in France they have the TAPIF Program. I did a live stream about the most popular government-funded teaching programs around the world recently so you can also go back to our playlist and watch that one.
At number nine is the United Arab Emirates. We also talked about that a little bit earlier. In the Middle East region this is the hottest place for TEFL teaching at the moment. We also see a lot about Qatar and Oman, so those are also good places to look at.
Lastly we have the Czech Republic. Like I mentioned a little bit earlier, if you really want to go to Europe and you're not an EU citizen the Czech Republic is really a great entry point for your Europe adventure.
Nikki's asking what about New Zealand?
I think it's similar to Australia, there are some opportunities for working holiday visas. I'm not too sure about teaching English. I'm sure there are positions but they might be very competitive and usually they're filled by locals. So it might be a little bit challenging, but if you are from New Zealand you can definitely find some positions there. I highly recommend reaching out on Facebook to different groups. I know I've mentioned it like 10 times now but Facebook groups are great as you can connect with people who are doing what you want to do right now.
We are pretty much at the hour mark so I just want to mention the 30% off link once again and I'm going to share it with you guys one more time in the comment section so you can click on that and get 30% off any TEFL course. It looks like this or you can scan the QR code, same thing. I'm going to take a couple more questions if there are any and then I am going to sign off for today. It was fun today, a good group and lots of questions. Thank you so much. Maybe since a lot of people are interested in Hong Kong I will try to get a guest who has taught there. I think that would be really interesting. Maybe an ITTT course grad who is teaching or has taught in Hong Kong, I think that would be cool as we could ask him or her questions.
Juliana says for now I just want to stay at home because it makes me feel safe.
Sure, I think right now is a great time for getting your TEFL certificate and for getting all your things ready and for doing as much research as you can, so that when you feel ready you can go abroad. It's definitely a good idea.
Gwen says thank you so much for today Linda, sorry I was so quiet I was trying to take notes.
Taking notes, are you kidding. Oh my gosh, you're great. I love that. I'm always worried that I'm just rambling or I don't make sense, so thank you for that.
Tana says I need to see the world, it's been my dream since I was a kid.
I saw this really cool quote that somebody said not too long ago. I was doing Peloton, it's a workout thing with treadmills and bikes but they also have apps where you can follow the workouts and stuff. So I'm doing this workout and I always follow the same instructor, she's really cool. She was born in Italy and lived there until she was 10 and then she moved to Hawaii, she moved to everywhere and now she's in New York City working for Peloton and she said something like life is like being on a train and you want to experience all the different seats because if you sit in somebody else's seat you see new things, you learn new things, and when you move to a new seat you see something new. I hope that makes sense, I'm so bad at retelling stories. I'm going to listen to it again and write it down and then I can tell you more about it. I just thought that was such a good message, you need to experience other people's seats and then you see different things and experience more things, that's basically the message.
Juliana says the first place I want to visit is definitely Daegu, the second one is Osaka.
Osaka is great, we were there in 2019 at the beginning of cherry blossom season, it was amazing. Okay guys, thank you so much for joining today's session and for being so super active and for sharing your information and helping each other out in the comment section. It was really great. I hope to see you again next week. Maybe you can find some really cool Facebook groups and then share them with everybody next week, that would be cool. I don't know yet what I'm going to talk about next week, if you want to hear something specific feel free to let me know any topic suggestions. Don't forget the 30% off if you haven't taken a course yet I highly recommend it. Have a great weekend and I hope to see you next week. Bye guys.