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TEFLing in Malaysia--the basics

 
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MBee



Joined: 11 Aug 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:20 am    Post subject: TEFLing in Malaysia--the basics Reply with quote

Looks like I'm one of the first to post in the Malaysia forum! Am I right? How cool. I visited Kuala Lumpur in 2007 and found it to be a really great city. Clean, modern, easy to get around, interesting, decent public transportation. Anyway, anyone out there know what it's like to TEFL in Malaysia? Maybe we could start the new forum out with some of the more basic info.

-salary ranges
-any degree requirements for visas
-visas/work permits needed
-cost of living, cities vs. rural
-ESL demand
-showing up vs. finding a job online

Thanks! Any info you've got on any of the above is warmly welcomed and appreciated. And good luck to everyone out there in their TEFLing adventures...
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Tudor



Joined: 21 Aug 2009
Posts: 215

PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi MBee, you may or may not be aware that there are still a number of threads about teaching in Malaysia tucked away on the General Asia forum, which may address some of the points you've raised.

Nevertheless, I think your post is a great idea for the new forum and it'd be nice to have some relevant info collated in one place. What's more, my girlfriend has a couple of interviews (non-teaching) lined up in KL soon, so I may well be Malaysia-bound myself in the not-too-distant future!

Thanks in advance to anyone who can contribute to this thread.
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ffx99



Joined: 07 May 2012
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Location: Malaysia

PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, I've lived in Malaysia for a number of years now and I'll try to answer some of your questions. But with such "large" questions, the answers can be "large" as well.

-salary ranges
Anywhere from RM3000/month (private part-time center) to RM25,000/month (administrator/trainer in university)

-any degree requirements for visas
Usually a bachelor degree requirement. There are also often age requirement. My current posting required the applicant to be at least 27 years of age.

-visas/work permits needed
Yes, to work you must have a work VISA. Companies/schools should provide these for you. If they don't or they make you pay for them, stay away.

-cost of living, cities vs. rural
cost of living is subjective. City is expensive (expat lifestyle) and rural life is obviously cheaper. I live in the city but I don't live an expat lifestyle. It all depends on your lifestyle choice.

-ESL demand
ESL demand is moderate. If you have a white face it is to your benefit. But many local people are very qualified so you'd have to show yourself well-trained and capable.

-showing up vs. finding a job online
showing up would be very difficult. The ESL demand in Malaysia is, like I said, only moderate. There are rarely ads in the paper, and if there are, they are catering to locals. If you found a job by just showing up, it would have to be through "knowing someone" or building relationships.
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gloomyGumi



Joined: 29 Dec 2010
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

26% tax rate for 1st 6 mos then down to 13% tax rate thereafter.....

also---I was told my wıfe and I could fınd housıng for 1000 per month

ıs thıs true and also are the apts havıng a re,frıgerator etc?

could we save 2000 rınggıt after all expenses montly?? pls advıse anyone
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KayuJati



Joined: 21 Feb 2010
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2012 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends upon which city you are posted in as to the cost levels.

In KL, one can still rent in the RM1,500 range and get a 3- to 4-bedroom house with 2 or 3 bathrooms. It is SUBURBIA, mind you, but if Malaysians can live there, why not us?

In Kuantan, where I lived (note, past tense), one could rent a house for RM500-800.

Teaching salaries for the most common positions (university or college TESL) still run low by the standards of other expat salaries. We are talking anywhere from RM3k up as mentioned by ffx99. If you want the big rinngit (> $10k), you will need to check out the British Council and the large international schools (middle and high school). Colleges can and do hire locals to teach TESL even though those teachers may not be able to converse in English. In KL there are quite a few Malaysians fluent in English, but that drops off once you get into the hinterlands.
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gloomyGumi



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WE LIKE LIVING WITH LOCALS ---SCREW THE EXPAT GHWETTOS.

WHERE DO THE LOCALS LIVE THAT WE CAN GET A PLACE FOR HUSBAND AND WIFE FOR UNDER 1000 PER MONTH?
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U99A



Joined: 12 Jan 2013
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Location: P.R.C

PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can go into deep rural Johor and get a house for just RM350.
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Lima_07



Joined: 26 Nov 2013
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice post !
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