If you are interested in teaching English in a country where the cultures of east and west meet, then you could not come to a better place than Hong Kong. This former British Territory became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China on 1st July 1997. China has agreed to operate a "one country, two systems" formula, meaning that China's socialist economic system will not be practiced in Hong Kong and that Hong Kong will enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign and defence affairs for the next 50 years.
Therefore, you’ll find a bustling free market economy, which is dependent on international trade as its own natural resources are limited, and food and raw materials must be imported. It suffered along with the rest of the South East Asian countries with the widespread Asian economic difficulties in 1998, but the economy is undergoing a rapid recovery, with double digit growth reported more recently.
There is an enormous demand to learn English in Hong Kong. This is the case even though Cantonese is now the medium of instruction in state schools instead of English. Demand exists throughout the private and state sectors and there are also flourishing freelance opportunities. We do see a few positions advertised outside the region and the authorities have made teaching without a work permit (which has to be arranged from outside the country) strictly illegal. Securing your first job is therefore more difficult than it once was. However, once the bureaucratic process has been satisfied, there are ample teaching opportunities in this vibrant, colourful location. Although it is more difficult to secure a position here than previously, generally if you are looking for teaching work you will not have a problem. Expect more perks for if you have higher qualifications, such as the Global English Level 2 TESOL with business.
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