The NET Scheme provides certified teachers with an opportunity to use their skills in the classroom while experiencing one of the most vibrant and exciting areas in the world. Please review Teach Away's job board to see active listings in Hong Kong.
Since 1998, Native-Speaking English Teachers (NETs) have been teaching in secondary schools in Hong Kong. Shortly after, in 2002, NETs were placed in primary (elementary) schools throughout the region.
The NET scheme aims to support and strengthen English language learning and teaching in Hong Kong. The main goals of the schemes are to:
The NET program looks to continually advance the teaching of English in Hong Kong. The Secondary NET scheme allocates one Native-Speaking English Teacher to each school. Each Native-Speaking English Teacher in the Primary NET Scheme will teach at one assigned school.
Primary Native-Speaking English Teachers (PNET) in Hong Kong will work at only one school. PNET’s may co-teach English in a primary (elementary) school with a local English Teacher. The expectations of a Primary Native-Speaking English teacher in Hong Kong are to maintain innovative teaching activities, assist in professional development of school based curriculum and to work within the community of the school. Different schools will vary in different aspects such as the background of the students, school culture, etc.
Read more about the PNET program in Hong Kong.
Secondary Native-Speaking English Teachers (SNET) in Hong Kong work at one school. Secondary NET’s may co-teach English in a secondary school with a local English teacher. The duties of Secondary Native-Speaking English Teachers in Hong Kong are typical teaching activities, assisting in professional development of local teachers and working within the community of the school. Secondary schools in Hong Kong will vary in different aspects such as the background of the students, school culture,and gender mix of the students (i.e. co-ed or single sex).
Read more about the SNET program in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is separated into 18 different administrative regions. An applicant can request a specific region, but the Hong Kong Bureau of Education will determine the placements based on need and availability. Currently, Teach Away is recruiting for positions in each of the 18 administrative regions.
Teaching in Hong Kong - 18 Administrative Regions
New Territories - Kowloon - Hong Kong Island
Native English Teachers (NETs) in Hong Kong are employed for a two year contract.
Teachers who are accepted into the NET Scheme to teach English in Hong Kong have the following basic responsibilities:
All NETs will receive an allowance of HK$16,859/month to assist with accommodation. The housing allowance is based on the average cost of an 800 sq. foot apartment across all of Hong Kong. In addition, teachers will receive assistance in finding suitable accommodation. Married couples will only receive one housing allowance.
Teachers who are accepted in the program will be reimbursed for return airfare from their home country to Hong Kong once per contract. Teachers traveling with families are reimbursed for up to 5 family members. To assist with moving costs associated with moving to Hong Kong, teachers are also entitled to claim baggage allowance.
Salary ranges from HK$23,530 to HK$54,665 (approximately $3,000-$7,000 USD) per month.
Teachers whose performance is satisfactory throughout the year will receive 15% gratuity at completion of contract. In addition, a cash retention incentive of 5% or 10% of basic salary may be provided to eligible NETs for the satisfactory completion of their second contract for teaching in Hong Kong.
Language - Chinese (Spoken Cantonese), English
Population - 7,061,200
Currency - Hong Kong dollar (HKD)
Government - Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
Major Religion - Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity
Climate - Humid subtropical
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