#ASK-AN-EXPAT – From Brighton to Hong Kong

“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!

Rollercoaster.

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 teachers@experiorasia.com or find more information yourself on our website www.experiorasia.com

NEW TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES IN CHINA!

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New BLOG, new OPPORTUNITIES and new BEGINNINGS… 

At Experior Asia, we are delighted to announce we have brand new and amazing opportunities to teach in Shenzhen, China.

Graduates, aspiring teachers or anyone who wants to explore a new part of the world, this is perfect for you!

WHY CHINA?

China is one of the biggest and fastest growing economies in the world. There’s no better place to grow an international CV you can be truly proud of.

So what’s all the fuss about? One of the biggest surprises when visiting China is the country’s incredible diversity. As the third largest nation in the world, China occupies a vast expense of territory, making it home to a diverse range of terrain and weather to culture, language and food. The Chinese population is itself made up of 56 ethnic groups each with their own customs and traditions. All these fantastic aspects makes China a wonderful country to travel, live in and explore.

With the country being as large and diverse as it is, there are limitless opportunities for teachers to inspire and make a real difference. With experience or not, you can make a positive impact on people’s lives whilst teaching in China.

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SO WHERE IS SHENZHEN?

Lonely Planet recently named Shenzhen as one of the top cities in the world to visit in 2019, they describe it as the ‘Silicon Valley’of China. 

Situated in the Guangdong district of China, Shenzhen is on the southern border where China and Hong Kong meet. Thanks to its developed economy and the new high-speed rail, it’s super easy to travel to Hong Kong or take an exciting adventure across China.

It is also one of China’s fastest growing cities with lots of investment and redevelopment in recent years. It’s a popular central hub with a good balance of western and local culture. With all this growth comes an ever growing expat community which means you’ll never be short of friends and new faces to meet.

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WHAT ROLES DO WE HAVE?

One of the best parts of teaching in China is the opportunities available for teachers with all levels of experience. Whether you’re a recent graduate in any major, or a qualified teacher with vast experience, we will have a role for you.

Check out the information below for more job details.

SO…WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Job Details:

● Location in Shenzhen, China
● Role of English Teacher in a kindergarten, primary, secondary schools & education center
● Working hours are 40 hours per week, may include Saturdays and Sundays. 
● Students aged 2 – 18 yrs old (most students between 2 – 8yrs)
● Professional training provided on Putonghua and LAMDA Examinations qualification and other teaching skills. 
● Holidays: all paid national holidays with minimum 14 calendar days
● Visa/work permit will be provided 
● Starting date is ASAP

Benefits:

● Monthly salary of approximately RMB 19,000 per month (before tax)
● Free medical insurance provided
● Free accommodation provided in Shenzhen, with Wi-Fi, furniture etc. 
● Free lunch meals provided
● Bonus: RMB 4,000 bonus, plus 10 days paid leave after completing 1 year contract
● Travel allowances: RMB 4,000 reimbursement upon completion of 1 year service and extra of RMB 4,000 for return ticket if renewal for 2nd year employment contract. 

 

Job Requirements:

● Bachelor degree in any discipline
● Must possess a TEFL certificate or be willing to obtain an equivalent qualification
● At least one to two years of teaching experience desired, (working experience can be waived if holder of degree in Education related field).
● Willing to work flexible hours 
● Must be cheerful, enthusiastic, energetic, and team player
● Passionate about teaching children, honest, disciplined and hold good communication skills

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SO WHERE WOULD YOU STAY?

Here at Experior Asia we don’t just find you a job. We ensure you feel comfortable and happy in your new home. Accommodation can be difficult to find, so we go the extra mile and let you relax whilst we find it for you.

Here’s a sneak peak into what could be your new pad if you decide to say YES to this life-changing opportunity…

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If you read this post imagining yourself travelling the world, changing children’s lives or simply just want to add something exciting to your CV then click HERE to apply now!

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at teachers@experiorasia.com

Keep an eye out for our future blog posts! We have lots more exciting content to come!