A question for those of you that have lived and worked in any or all of these countries…
I lived in Taiwan, earned 55-60k/m, payed 10k/m for accomodation, saved about 20-25k/m. Taught kindy, elementary and adults (privates). Total hours/week about 23 (no weekends). GOOD JOB! DOWNSIDE: returning to Taiwan is not an option in the immediate future.
I have a job offer in China - 42k/m, accomodation will be about 7k/m (paid by myself, not school), 25 hours/week + 15 ‘office hours’. Adults only, 5 days/week (days off not necessarily weekends). PERKS: no kiddies (crowd control), DOWNSIDE: weekend work :s , ‘office hours’ = sitting around twiddling my thumbs, schedule varies week-to-week, so difficult to pick up extra work.
Job offer in HK - 44k/m, Mon-Fri job, 8.30-16.30, free accomodation, 25k towards air ticket from school. PERKS: no weekend, evening work (free to chill or pick up extra work in those times). DOWNSIDE: it’s a kindy gig.
China is pretty cheap, cheaper than Taiwan for most things. I was wondering about HK though - it can get quite pricey, innit? Where would I save the most cash I wonder.
Your opinions and advice please! Cheers!
PS. ALL MONETARY FIGURES IN TAIWAN DOLLARS