I have just joined this forum so apologies if this topic has been discussed many times before :)
I am considering teaching English in Asia, I do not have a TEFL certificate but I am a native english speaker with a degree. I am in the process of weighing up different potential countries and their pros and cons with regards to teaching, countries I have been looking at so far include: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China, Korea, Japan (any other suggestions are welcome).
After travelling in SE Asia for 6 months a while ago I became enamoured with Thailand and the thought of spending some time living and working there is very appealing. However, doing some research made me think that Thailand may not be the most practical place for me at the moment, though I haven't given up on it entirely. The main reason that Thailand is out for now is that unfortunately I will be setting off with a more limited budget than hoped for.
So I have been looking at countries that are somewhat more financially rewarding, these seem to be China, Korea and Japan. I believe that there are teaching opportunities in these countries where a return flight is included as well as payed for accomodation and reasonable wages. I am thinking of ruling out Japan due to high cost of living, Korea is tempting but I have read that this is not the most beginner friendly teaching environment, which leads me to China.
My reasoning is that if I go to China I will be more financially stable and after having spent some time there I should have more flexibility to move on to other countries in the region at a future date should I choose.
Any advice would be very welcome,
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