I taught English in China, Korea and Taiwan and have also spent time in and gained some familiarity with Japan. If you're thinking about teaching English in one of these places then you may enjoy this series as it might help you find the best place for you.
This series started with videos and then later I elaborated on it as you can see in the links below.
Before we get to the video series here are a few articles that may help:
Is teaching English in China, Korea, Taiwan or Japan for you?
- The Starter's Guide to Teaching English in Asia
- 13 Reasons Teaching English in Japan is for You
- 19 Reasons Teaching English in Taiwan is for You
- 21 Reasons Teaching English in Korea is for You
- 11 Reasons Teaching English in China is for You
- 15 Reasons Teaching English Abroad is NOT for You
"X" vs. "Y" - How do they compare?
- China vs. Korea - Where should I teach English?
- Taiwan vs. Korea - Where should I teach English?
- Japan vs. Korea - Where should I teach English?
- China vs. Taiwan - Where should I teach English?
The video series
Here is a transcription of the video:
Alright... Hi there. Where should you teach? So if you are thinking about teaching in Taiwan, China, Korea or Japan then this is for you. First off I'll tell you this. I wrote about this a bit in the Starter's Guide and you can download that on my site. So where should you teach? I am probably going to generalize here a bit and also tell you about my experience a bit. So that's my experience and my perceptions so you don't have to take my word for it per se.
But I think you know I was there at one time and I was trying to decide between a few places, so I am making you this to probably help you a bit. But my opinion is also going to be in there. And it's probably going to be a bit mixed up. I am just doing this off the top of my head. So it could be a little mixed up between the countries and stuff. So, Korea for money, it really depends on what you value and what kind of experience you are looking for when you are going to teach abroad.
If money is important and security is important to you then I would say that Korea is your best bet. They pay for your tickets to get there. They pay for your housing. They take care of most of your visa stuff for you. So I think Korea is the best for money and security. However, in all of these places you can make pretty good money. It all depends on how you configure it, what kind of job you get and how you make it work, you know?
So generally I would say that Korea is the best for money and security. I am less familiar with Japan. I have taught in the other three places, but not yet Japan. In Korea they take care of the visa for you. In the other countries they are not going to take care of that for you. Japan I am not so sure with. In China and Taiwan they will help you process the visa, but in Taiwan you pretty much show up with a tourist visa, find a job and convert it to a proper work visa and get an ARC. In China most schools are going to ask you to enter on an L visa which is a tourist visa. So that can cost money. You have to pay for a visa two times. You have to pay for an L visa, depending on how long it takes you to get a job. You could have to pay for another L visa. You have to pay to get out of the country and back in the country. Taiwan can also be like that, but you don't have to pay for the visa in Taiwan (a 30 day landing visa is free). I guess I am not going to go much into visa stuff.
What's the difference between Taiwan and China? Taiwan is more westernized. People have been more exposed to western culture for a longer period of time. People are more familiar with the western mindset. In China in the big cities... they have the internet although the internet is censored. There is no Facebook - it's blocked and Youtube is blocked. You can still get on those though. The people are less familiar and people get the information filtered down from the government. The government is a little corrupt right?
The people are pretty innocent. And so for friendliness generally I'd say that the people are pretty friendly. In Taiwan too. In Korea I think you can meet friendly people there too. I think in my experience Korea would be on the bottom of my list for friendliness. It depends who you meet. The culture... Here is a country that sits on a peninsula and that's been invaded by Japan and China is right there too. Koreans are very proud. It's a very nationalistic country. In my opinion it has a hurt mentality. You know the collective mentality. Not everyone of course, but I think that the collective mindset has a bit of hurt mentality.
It's the past, the history just what has happened to them. They are generally a little more leery of foreigners than the other places.
Where should I teach English: China, Korea, Japan or Taiwan? Watch the rest of the series.