The beginner’s guide to teaching abroad in Asia

Every year, Asia continues to be a top teaching destination for teachers abroad, offering a wide array of career opportunities for both ESL and certified teachers.


Right now, schools across Asia are actively recruiting new teachers for teaching jobs in Asia for the upcoming school year. 


While teaching in Asia is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, teachers need do their research carefully before applying for teaching jobs abroad.


To help you get started, we’ve compiled some helpful information on the best places to teach abroad in Asia: China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore, including average teacher salary, benefits, typical start-up costs, cost of living, as well as the most popular areas to find teaching jobs in each country. 


CountryAverage Teacher SalaryBenefitsStart-up CostsCost of LivingTeaching job hot spots (urban/rural)
China10,000 - 13,000 RMB (approx. $1,500 - 2,500 USD)Airfare, housing allowance, vacation time, health insuranceInitial daily expensesLowBeijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen
Japan¥250,000 - ¥300,000 (approx. $2,200 - 2,625 USD)Airfare, health insurance, end-of-contract bonusInitial daily expensesLow in rural areasTokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, as well as rural areas
South Korea1.8 - 3.0 million KRW (approx. $1,500 - 2,600 USD)Airfare, 50% health insurance, contract completion bonus, rural placement bonusInitial daily expensesMedium in urban areasSeoul, Pyeongchon, Songpa, as well as rural areas
TaiwanNT 40,000 - 62,000 (approx. $1,260 - 1,900 USD)Airfare, health insurance, housing allowanceInitial daily expensesVery lowTaipei
Thailand$800 - 1,200 USDAirfare, health insuranceHousing, initial daily expensesVery lowBangkok, Chang Mai
Singapore$4,500 SGD (approx. $3,170 USD)Airfare, relocation allowanceHousingHigh in urban areasSingapore



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