“I have lived here for 12 months and have have already been to 4 other countries. Back in the UK I would be slumming it 9-5, Monday – Friday for that week’s holiday to Ibiza or Benidorm!” – Jack Tucknott.
Hello, and a big welcome to our brand new #Ask-An-Expat blog series!
If you haven’t already guessed from the oh-so self explanatory title, we will be asking a bunch of our wonderful expat teachers what life is really like in Hong Kong. We will be interviewing people from different backgrounds all over the world that have found themselves teaching in this vibrant and lively city, and ask them how they managed setting up their new lives here.
Hong Kong is one of the most popular expat cities in the world, and we are hosting this series to show you exactly why that might be! With a bustling city boasting incredible skylines and is known for the “city that has everything”… there is no wonder that people across the globe are wanting to get in on the action and see the beauty for themselves!
Fun fact of the day: Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world; double that of its closest rival: New York City.
We are kicking off this exciting #Ask-An-Expat series with a nitty and gritty interview with one of our very own teachers, Jack Tucknott!
Before we dive straight in, here is a photo of Jack on the very day he was flying out to Hong Kong! Judging by the huge grin on his face, he was very excited!
Anyway, let’s get on with interviewing Jack about his journey so far!
Where are you from?
I’m from Brighton, United Kingdom!
What did you study at University?
I studied a Masters in Sports Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University. Prior to that I studied a BSc in Science & Football. This was also studied at Liverpool John Moores uni.
Did you travel to Hong Kong alone or with someone else?
I travelled alone but my friend from University was already working and living out here.
Did you always want to be a teacher? If not, what did you want to be?
I’ve always wanted to teach in some form, but I wanted to work in professional sport as a sport psychologist. Then teach about my experiences. But now I love teaching English so this is maybe another avenue I keep pursuing in the future!
How did you find out about Experior? How did they help your big move across the world?
My friend was already in the company and he referred me. They were great at sorting me a job and helping me get settled in from the start. I really appreciated that they picked me up from the airport and took me into my accommodation.
Where abouts do you live in Hong Kong? What’s it like?
I live in Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon. It’s a great location in regards to the centre of Hong Kong, and it isn’t too far from my work place which is practically in Shenzhen!
Have you learnt any Cantonese or Mandarin whilst you’ve been here?
I actually know how to say “Speak English!” to my students, but I have no idea how to spell it!
Have you joined any clubs or extra activities whilst being here in Hong Kong?
I’ve been to a few salsa classes! I’m absolutely terrible but me and my friend found it hilarious and it’s good to try new things and push yourself out of your comfort zone.
How did you find the culture difference when you came to Hong Kong?
I love the culture difference! You can get all of the local traditions and cultures in Kowloon, but have your western fix on the Island side. It’s very easy to settle in to Hong Kong compared to other places in Asia.
What’s the best thing you’ve experienced so far whilst working abroad?
I am experiencing the definition of a working holiday. I love my job, my friends, and the opportunities I have made and found. I have lived here for 9 months and have have already been to 3 other countries. Back in the UK I would be slumming it 9-5, Monday – Friday for that week’s holiday to Ibiza or Benidorm!
And what’s your worst experience? (If any?!)
Living. It can be very stressful to get a flat and you’re paying over the odds for a box room.
What’s the night life like in Hong Kong?
It’s good but expensive! I like how you can drink on the streets and the rooftop bars are insane! Looking out to all the skyscrapers! But you need to take your wallet out!
What was your transition from the UK to Hong Kong like? Were you nervous or excited?
I couldn’t wait to get out here! I’ve always wanted to work and live abroad. I knew it would change my life for the better.
What has been your favourite Experior event so far? Tell us about it!
Probably a boozey brunch. You can never go wrong with great food and a free flow of drinks!
In ONE WORD, describe your Hong Kong experience!
What a fantastic ending to a lovely interview with Teacher Jack. We are so glad that he is enjoying his rollercoaster of a journey out here in Hong Kong. He gave us a great taste as to what life is like in the #852!
If you are interested in teaching abroad in Hong Kong then don’t hesitate to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find more information yourself on our website www.experiorasia.com