Once you bag your TEFL certification, the next thing on your mind is how to make the most money with your skill.
But on the side, you probably want to impact lives and help people achieve their dreams of learning and mastering the English language, too.
It’s all a good plan.
Some people stay back in their home country to achieve all of that online, while others take the giant leap of touring the world. Based on many life stories, it can be argued that those who go overseas to teach English enjoy the best careers. I’m guessing you’re also motivated to do the same.
Thumbs up to you on that. But where are you headed? Asia, Africa, Europe, or the Americas?
If you ask me, I’d say Singapore should be your destination. Why Singapore? You probably wonder.
Allow me to explain the reasons with a number of valid points.
8 Reasons To Choose Singapore as your TEFL destination
1. The ‘Singlish effect’
Every TEFL teacher’s dream is to find a group of engaged and ready-to-learn students. Nobody likes to be tasked with a group that takes extra effort to achieve similar results.
Luckily, Singapore is one such destination where TEFL teachers can find such students.
Virtually everyone in Singapore already speaks English. In fact, the majority of locals speak a version of the English language known as Singlish. Singlish is a combination of the English and the native language of the different Singaporean ethnic groups (Chinese, Malay, and Indian).
Unfortunately, the use of Singlish in the region has made the application of the real English language a bit of a challenge. The dialect has made it difficult for Singaporeans to speak the real English fluently and without errors.
As a result of this, parents strive to ensure their kids master the real English language from the moment they learn to speak. And that’s why there’s such a huge demand for native English speakers in the region.
Parents fear the use of Singlish might impact their kids’ application of the real English language when in official settings or when they travel abroad. To combat this challenge, they hire native English speakers as teachers to tutor and help their kids.
As a teacher, this is a good situation for you. On the one hand, you have students who already understand the rudiments of the English language. And on the other hand, you have parents who are willing to pay anything to improve their kids’ fluency.
2. City-life experience
One of the points of worry for foreign teachers going abroad is the kind of life to expect in their new home. Many fear that they might not be able to live the kind of life they're used to or that they might need to adapt to different cultural changes.
But that's not entirely true with Singapore. Singapore has a lot of cultural similarities with the Western world. Although the Eastern culture and values remain strong, lots of Singaporeans have been influenced by Western culture, too.
This is reflected in the way Singaporeans and immigrants live in the country. Talk about food, road network, entertainment, nightlife, education, and accommodation; everything imitates life in the Western world. For example, take a look at this newly-launched condominium by Terra Hill, which has an array of modern facilities and amenities reminiscent of modern Western homes.
If you’re coming to live and work in Singapore, this is the type of condo you want to join.
3. Excellent pay rates
After career and lifestyle, the next point of consideration for a foreign teacher would be salary. And on that front, Singapore beats most TEFL destinations you might be considering.
Being a city-state, Singapore offers some of the best pay rates for workers globally. And that’s extended to educational workers.
For example, a secondary school teacher in Singapore can take home around $69,000 (£57,000) yearly, while a primary school teacher can pocket up to $58,000 (£47,500) yearly.
If you’re looking to earn handsomely as a TEFL teacher, look no further beyond Singapore.
4. Extremely low tax rates
At the end of the day, nobody wants to lose a large chunk of their pay to the government.
Luckily, Singapore is one country that doesn't choke immigrants with high taxes.
When you work for more than 183 days in a calendar year, you automatically become a resident in Singapore. And that qualifies you to enjoy lower tax rates.
5. Plenty of employment opportunities
Aside from regular school employment, Singaporeans are also known to hire teachers for extra classes. More often than not, you'll find parents enrolling their kids in education centers or inviting teachers into their homes to teach kids.
In any case, you have plenty of options regarding your job search in Singapore.
6. High standard of living coupled with low crime rates
If you Google Singapore, one of the first few results you’ll find is the country’s enviable history of crime rate. Singapore is renowned for its extremely low criminal incidents.
Besides that, the standard of living in the region is also pretty high. Most teachers are able to afford to live in condominiums equipped with swimming pools, gyms, and other amenities. A good example of that is the Terry Hill condominium mentioned earlier.
7. Access to home-like life
Most people living in Singapore have access to foods and treats native to their homelands. From stores to malls, you will find brands and products that you use back home. This helps to deal with any homesickness you might feel.
8. Awesome vacation periods
Unlike other parts of the world, Singaporeans enjoy a reasonable amount of vacation periods around the year. For example, every three months, schools and tuition centers close for up to five days allowing teachers a chance to travel on vacations. Teachers also get breaks for up to three weeks in December, allowing them to travel to their home country.
Finally, teachers also enjoy national holidays in Singapore, which offer some midweek breaks and rest periods.
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