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Kirsten Colquhoun
August 17, 2023

Contents

How to Begin Teaching in Singapore
Teaching Opportunities
Teaching Requirements
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How to Begin Teaching in Singapore

Singapore is a small island nation, located off of the Malay Peninsula. Many know Singapore as a premier shopping destination in the region, but to label Singapore as only this would be misleading. Singapore is one of the safest and cleanest countries to work in, due to the tough laws and fines enacted on those who drop litter or cross at traffic lights when they are red. Chewing gum is also banned. This country is financially prosperous, having one of the major Asian financial centres on its doorstep.

Culturally, as with Malaysia, Singapore is a mix of Chinese, Malayans, Indians and expats from around the world. This is reflected in the colonial architecture in Singapore City, Little India and China Town, Thian Hock Keng (the oldest Buddhist temple) and the vibrant colours of Sri Mariamman (a Hindu temple).

Apart from the architecture and culture, Singapore is famous for its world-renowned orchids. These can be seen at the National Orchid Garden. It is also possible to explore beautiful reservoirs and to experience treetop walks above the lush rainforest canopies. There are four official languages in Singapore. These are Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English. English is seen as the working language of the country and is important for financial trade and tourism.

One of the three only surviving city-states in the world, Singapore includes 63 islands in addition to its main land. Most of its islands are uninhabited, but it’s possible to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city without having to spend money on a plane.

You may be surprised to know that several islands are accessible just off the mainland. Pulau Ubin is a very popular escape for locals. If you want to be transported back to Singapore in the 60s, take a bumboat from Changi Jetty and explore the rustic roads and rocky shores of Ubin.

For those wanting more amenities look no further than the island resort of Sentosa. Sandy beaches are lined with food stalls, bars and palm trees. Other attractions include Universal Studios Singapore,  S.E.A Aquarium, golf courses, and a casino. Spiritual travelers will find a tranquil break at Kusu Island. Steeped in local myth and folklore the island is said to be formed by a tortoise which transformed itself into the island to save men who were shipwrecked. Visit the sacred sites of Da Bo Gong Temple or snorkel in the swimming lagoons and beaches.

Teaching Opportunities

The need for English means that there are opportunities to teach English, but they are not immediately obvious as in other Asian countries such as Thailand or Cambodia. As in Malaysia, EFL teachers from abroad face fierce competition with local English-speaking residents. The Ministry of Education, however, is open to hiring overseas applicants in order to bring new perspectives to the country.

Opportunities abound in state and private institutions. Generally, a degree and a Level 5 TEFL certificate will help you to compete with local applicants and to gain better jobs. Once you have obtained employment, you will find that the students are often highly motivated and enthusiastic to learn.

One of the biggest issues facing potential teachers is the cost of living. Rent is a major expense for teachers, but online forums often have solutions for shared accommodation. Therefore it is important to begin applying a couple months in advance, before your arrival in Singapore, to secure a job before you leave your country.

Jobs are generally available all year round, but for Ministry of Education jobs training begins in July for jobs, starting in January. Early application will also give you a better chance to secure a benefits package. This can include a return flight, work permit assistance and possible accommodation allowance. Transport and food on the other hand are cheap, which means you will be able to live comfortably.

Teaching Requirements

If you’re looking to work in Singapore, there are a few things you should know about the job market there. Firstly, a Bachelor’s degree is typically required for most jobs, whether you’re looking to work in business or another field.

The typical contract length is around 12 months, and peak hiring seasons occur all year round, with the exception of state jobs. If you’re coming from another country, you’ll need to secure a work visa in advance. Singapore is a popular destination for business professionals and expat families with children.

The cost of living in Singapore is relatively high, with an average monthly cost of living ranging from 2,500 to 3,500 SGD. However, the average monthly salary in Singapore is also quite high, ranging from 2,500 to 4,200 SGD, which can help offset the cost of living. Overall, Singapore offers many opportunities for those looking to work and live in a vibrant and dynamic city-state.

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How to Begin Teaching in Singapore

Singapore is a small island nation, located off of the Malay Peninsula. Many know Singapore as a premier shopping destination in the region, but to label Singapore as only this would be misleading. Singapore is one of the safest and cleanest countries to work in, due to the tough laws and fines enacted on those who drop litter or cross at traffic lights when they are red. Chewing gum is also banned. This country is financially prosperous, having one of the major Asian financial centres on its doorstep.

Culturally, as with Malaysia, Singapore is a mix of Chinese, Malayans, Indians and expats from around the world. This is reflected in the colonial architecture in Singapore City, Little India and China Town, Thian Hock Keng (the oldest Buddhist temple) and the vibrant colours of Sri Mariamman (a Hindu temple).

Apart from the architecture and culture, Singapore is famous for its world-renowned orchids. These can be seen at the National Orchid Garden. It is also possible to explore beautiful reservoirs and to experience treetop walks above the lush rainforest canopies. There are four official languages in Singapore. These are Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English. English is seen as the working language of the country and is important for financial trade and tourism.

One of the three only surviving city-states in the world, Singapore includes 63 islands in addition to its main land. Most of its islands are uninhabited, but it’s possible to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city without having to spend money on a plane.

You may be surprised to know that several islands are accessible just off the mainland. Pulau Ubin is a very popular escape for locals. If you want to be transported back to Singapore in the 60s, take a bumboat from Changi Jetty and explore the rustic roads and rocky shores of Ubin.

For those wanting more amenities look no further than the island resort of Sentosa. Sandy beaches are lined with food stalls, bars and palm trees. Other attractions include Universal Studios Singapore,  S.E.A Aquarium, golf courses, and a casino. Spiritual travelers will find a tranquil break at Kusu Island. Steeped in local myth and folklore the island is said to be formed by a tortoise which transformed itself into the island to save men who were shipwrecked. Visit the sacred sites of Da Bo Gong Temple or snorkel in the swimming lagoons and beaches.

Teaching Opportunities

The need for English means that there are opportunities to teach English, but they are not immediately obvious as in other Asian countries such as Thailand or Cambodia. As in Malaysia, EFL teachers from abroad face fierce competition with local English-speaking residents. The Ministry of Education, however, is open to hiring overseas applicants in order to bring new perspectives to the country.

Opportunities abound in state and private institutions. Generally, a degree and a Level 5 TEFL certificate will help you to compete with local applicants and to gain better jobs. Once you have obtained employment, you will find that the students are often highly motivated and enthusiastic to learn.

One of the biggest issues facing potential teachers is the cost of living. Rent is a major expense for teachers, but online forums often have solutions for shared accommodation. Therefore it is important to begin applying a couple months in advance, before your arrival in Singapore, to secure a job before you leave your country.

Jobs are generally available all year round, but for Ministry of Education jobs training begins in July for jobs, starting in January. Early application will also give you a better chance to secure a benefits package. This can include a return flight, work permit assistance and possible accommodation allowance. Transport and food on the other hand are cheap, which means you will be able to live comfortably.

Teaching Requirements

If you’re looking to work in Singapore, there are a few things you should know about the job market there. Firstly, a Bachelor’s degree is typically required for most jobs, whether you’re looking to work in business or another field.

The typical contract length is around 12 months, and peak hiring seasons occur all year round, with the exception of state jobs. If you’re coming from another country, you’ll need to secure a work visa in advance. Singapore is a popular destination for business professionals and expat families with children.

The cost of living in Singapore is relatively high, with an average monthly cost of living ranging from 2,500 to 3,500 SGD. However, the average monthly salary in Singapore is also quite high, ranging from 2,500 to 4,200 SGD, which can help offset the cost of living. Overall, Singapore offers many opportunities for those looking to work and live in a vibrant and dynamic city-state.

Your TEFL journey starts here!

Would you like to teach English as a foreign language around the world?

Great! You’re in the right place. The TEFL Academy provides the very best in accredited TEFL courses, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout the world. The TEFL Academy is the world’s leading TEFL course provider. We can help you acquire the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language. Check out our TEFL internships, volunteer placements and the thousands of jobs on our exclusive TEFL jobs board…

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