Hong Kong is one of the world’s top financial centres and one of the most energetic cities on the planet.
Education is a top priority and a large percentage of public funding is invested in it. Hong Kong's education system was based originally on that of England, and it is a bilingual system, which consists of non-compulsory three year kindergarten, followed by primary, junior and senior school leading to an examination to receive the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education.
Teachers can work in state schools in Hong Kong through the NET programme, or in international schools.
- Capital - None, as Hong Kong is a Special Administrative "Region" of China
- Population - 7.188 million
- Currency - Hong Kong dollar
- Religion - Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity
- Language - Chinese (Spoken Cantonese), English
- 18 national holidays per year
Fun facts about Hong Kong
- Approximately 3/4 of of Hong Kong is rural, comprising of 24 country parks, scenic hills, woodlands, reservoirs and coastline easily accessible from the city
- Hong Kong Disneyland, which opened in 2005, is the third Disney theme park outside the US and the first in China
- It has the most skyscrapers in the world, with 8,000 buildings having more than 14 floors, almost double that of New York
- 'A Symphony of Lights' is recognised by Guinness World Records as as the world's 'Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show'
- Hong Kong is actually composed of more than 200 islands
Salary and benefits
- Teaching salary in Hong Kong typically ranges from HK$23,530 to HK$54,665 (approximately $3,000-$7,000 USD) per month
- End of year bonus – performance based
- Benefits typically include accommodation allowance, return flights (at start and end of contract), medical insurance and funded training
Requirements to teach in Hong Kong
- Teachers must be licenced and/or certified to teach in their native country
- You must be a fluent, English speaker
- You must have a Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant subject
- You must have at least 2 years’ teaching experience at the relevant level and in the relevant subject
Working hours in Hong Kong
Internal schools tend to run from earlier in the morning to earlier in the afternoon, to make way for extra curricular activities.
International schools class sizes are usually no more than 20 students.
About Hong Kong – the experience
From the historical to the modern; the natural to the man-made - there’s nothing quite like life in Hong Kong.
With its sub-tropical climate ranging from 12C in winter to mid 30C in summer, you’ll find that a surprisingly large majority of Hong Kong is countryside so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to escape the city heat and explore.
Hong Kong lies on the Pearl River Delta on the Southeast coast of China and covers an area of just over 1,000 square kilometres, with its core hub being in Victoria Harbour.
There’s something for everyone in Hong Kong - from active breaks to beautiful beaches, city parks to lush forests, and for those who prefer to stay inner-city, Hong Kong offers theatre, music and dance performances all-year round.
Food in Hong Kong
The food is a variant of Cantonese cuisine, with a wide variety of ingredients, a lighted seasoned taste. Traditional breakfast usually consists of congee (rice porridge) and yau cha kwai (oil fried bread sticks). The most common ingredients used in Cantonese cuisines include shiitake mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, salted duck eggs, kai-lan, red beans, dried shrimp, hoisin sauce, dried scallops, jujube, and lotus seeds.
Don't just take our word for it...
Here's what one of our candidates had to say about her experience teaching in Hong Kong:
“I arrived in Hong Kong 18 months ago to fulfil my dream of teaching abroad, and I can honestly say that I’ve definitely made the right choice.
My nerves soon turned to excitement and I found it so easy to settle into life in Hong Kong. It’s a place that offers traditional experiences alongside recognisable home comforts.
If you love teaching and are considering moving abroad, I’d recommend Hong Kong.” Sarah Wright