Still having trouble deciding on a country in which to pursue my new career! South Korea was initially my top choice but since a certain U.S. Presidential election, impending war from the Northern border, unfortunately, seems more and more likely…which is a shame because there are crazily good benefits to working in Korea! Jobs aplenty, free accommodation, end of contract bonuses, low cost of living. Urgh…so good.
Hong Kong is also appealing but the extremely high cost of accommodation and insanely long working hours is a bit of a turn off. The other downside is that there are fewer jobs in Hong Kong than in its neighbouring countries due to a higher majority of people who speak English.
There’s also the Singapore idea (I loved Singapore when I visited) but again, fewer jobs and high cost of living. Vietnam did cross my mind briefly but my brother has just returned from there after 2 years and it seems rather silly to head out there after he’s just got back! Plus it’s so hot there all the time and I do not do well in year round heat haha!
I also completely adore Japan. It is one of my favourite countries in the world but I have heard so many horror stories about the work culture there and how stressful it is for English teachers. Also the jobs are rarely in big cities like Tokyo or Osaka, you are usually placed in smaller rural areas where there is not much going on. I’ve also heard from people who have lived there that it’s extremely difficult for non-natives to integrate into the lifestyle there (more so than in other Asian countries) and I just don’t want these factors to ruin the wonderful experience I had there when I visited.
The other option I have been toying with is Taiwan. Of all the countries on the list, Taiwan is the only one I have not actually visited which makes me a tad apprehensive. However another part of me thinks this may allow me the privilege of seeing the country for the first time not as a tourist, but as a resident. I’d be able to explore in a way I wouldn’t be able to if I were just visiting. There are are quite a few job options in Taipei but I will have to research a little more before making my decision!