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Asia Overview

Geographically, Asia is extremely varied with lush coastlines, steamy jungles, high mountains, extensive rolling hills, and endless beaches providing different experiences for a vast range of travellers. It is the largest and most populous continent in the world comprising of numerous ethnic groups and cultures linked by common historical ties. Sampling Asia's varied cuisine is one of the joys of visiting this continent. Visiting the wonders of Angkor Wat, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, and Borobudur will leave you breathless. Whether you delve in the delights of the martial arts, explore its sensational islands and marine environments, or try your hand at dragon boating, travelling in Asia is life-altering. From the rolling landscapes of Malaysia to the ancient temples of India, Asia is one big continent, begging to be explored.

Prospects for Teachers

Ten years ago and still to this day, Asia is the continent with the most substantial recruitment of English language teachers. With the rapid industrialization of many Asian countries the prospects for educators is rather strong. Although, conditions of work can vary significantly from country to country, the overall number of teaching opportunities is rather considerable. The best remuneration packages and work conditions can be found in Singapore, South Korea, and Japan. Employers typically require a one to two year commitment. Educators seeking shorter work commitments should concentrate their searches in China, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Featured Testimonial - India

In 2010, I volunteered with various organizations working with Tibetan refugees in the Dharamshala region for three months.

The Tibetans were simply the best students I have ever had by a mile. Many of the Tibetans decided to become refugees because of limited educational opportunities in Tibet, as well as religious persecution, and risked a lot to come to India. Even though they may be shy initially, they will soon learn to do everything you ask of them in the classroom all of the time. As a teacher, these students were an inspiration. It was an absolute joy to teach them, as they were extremely hungry for knowledge.

Dharamshala is a tourist town with all western amenities. It is unlike the rest of India and you will not find the same degree of chaos here as in other parts, but it is still India, so be prepared. There are good restaurants, a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, but there maybe power cuts and a cow can still cause a traffic-jam. Also, some of the other tourists might be nuts.

-Garreth Keating, Templemore, Ireland