There are many reasons why you might choose to go on holiday or even decide to work in Malaysia. For many years now people have chosen Malaysia as their number one places to live and work. If you’re a fan of balmy summer evenings, a favourable climate, and a variety of delicious foods, Malaysia is surely heaven.
Kuala Lumpur is still the favourite destination for ESL teachers to go and work, and it’s no surprise really; it’s its own world. It’s a shopaholic’s dream and you’ll be amazed at what kinds of things you can pick up and for great prices too. Of course there’s more to Malaysia than spending all your hard earned cash, it’s also a cultural hub full of a wonderful mix of different people from all backgrounds around the world. You’ll never grow bored with the 24/7 entertainment of Kuala Lumpur and the beautiful pristine beaches and lush wild rainforests. Yes, Malaysia really is paradise, but that the case for ESL teachers too?
English language teachers and specialists are in great demand in Malaysia right now, especially in its major hubs such as Kuala Lumpur. But just because there is a need for ESL teachers in Malaysia, there’s still a lot of work to do prior to getting a job. In other words just because you’re a foreign English speaker, it does not mean that you’ll automatically get a job!
Of course if you do a quick Google search, you’ll most likely come across a number of TEFL jobs in Malaysia. Most companies, schools and agencies tend to advertise all the available ESL jobs in Malaysia online, but there’s a catch – they want you to be based in Malaysia or close enough so they can interview you in person. If you can get to your interview or somehow sway them to interview on Skype and you’ve got teaching experience with a TEFL qualification, you shouldn’t really have a problem finding a decent TEFL job in Malaysia.
Research is imperative. If you’re in Malaysia already, make sure you regularly check out the local newspapers and various education job sites such as Job Street and The Star. If you’ve found a school that you like the look of, but there are no TEFL job vacancies advertised, don’t be afraid to contact them because often jobs aren’t advertised and if you make a big enough impression, you may just land yourself an EFL job in Malaysia.
Once you do finally find a good English teaching job in Malaysia, you’ll most likely earn 3,000-8,000 MYR (£560-1,500) gross each month. An EFL teacher is taxed at 10% each month, however, they do receive paid holidays. Other perks of being an English teacher in Malaysia include free health insurance, an accommodation allowance and flight reimbursement. At face value, the teaching salary in Malaysia for foreign ESL teachers may seem quite low, but it’s more than enough to play with and live comfortably.
Cheap meal for one: £1.32
A pint of local beer: £1.80
A regular coffee: £1.70
0.33l Bottle of water: £0.22
Malaysia’s truly a place that needs exploring more. There’s so much to see and do from visiting the bustling capital, Kuala Lumpur to checking out the world’s highest twin towers, the Petronas Towers. From celebrating some of Malaysia’s unique festivals such as the Hari Raya and the Gawai harvest festival to celebrating the Chinese New Year in style. From climbing its highest peak, Mount Kinabalu to relaxing on the sprawling white sandy beaches on the West Malaysian Peninsula. You may not become super rich working in Malaysia as an English teacher, but there’s one thing that’s guaranteed, you’ll have a rich experience.