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Have you ever considered moving your teaching career to the wonderful country of Malaysia? Located in Southeast Asia, the country occupies the Malaysian Peninsula, borders Thailand and part of the island of Borneo. It's famous for beautiful sandy beaches, unspoiled coral reefs, rainforests and an eclectic mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences. Malaysia’s close proximity to popular tourist hotspots such as Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines means it’s also an ideal base to then visit the rest of Asia.

Teaching in Malaysia

Being a teacher in Malaysia comes with many perks; competitive salaries, paid holidays, medical insurance and annual flights home. The cost of living in Malaysia is also fairly low, so you could save whilst living comfortably in this vibrant and energetic country.

As a developing country Malaysia is undergoing rapid economic change and the international school market in particular is receiving huge investment; this means you'll have the opportunity to work in some of very best education environments on the planet! Taking your career to the Malaysia peninsula is an opportunity not to be missed!

The lifestyle available is second to none, from the supercharged capital of Kuala Lumpur to more tranquil tropical paradise resorts of Lankawi, Tioman and the Perhentian Islands. Taking your career to the Malaysia peninsula is an opportunity not to be missed.

About Malaysia

From some of the world’s oldest tropical rainforests to scenic beaches and vibrant cities with towering skyscrapers, Malaysia offers a touch of paradise in a modern world. With a rich cultural heritage there is a variety of tasty food to try as well as annual festivals and traditional architecture to visit.

Malaysia is divided into two regions, Peninsular Malaysia, bordering Thailand and the northern half of Malaysia bordering Indonesia and Brunei. This central location opens up some spectacular opportunities for easy travel across Southeast Asia.

Temperatures in Malaysia are a pleasant 30 degrees by day, with mid-afternoon rain showers occurring sometimes all year round. Late November to February sees the heaviest of the rainfall, and is locally known as the ‘monsoon rainy season’.

The bustling capital, Kuala Lumpur, certainly exhibits the delights of Malaysia with the contrast of the rainforest surviving among modern day skyscrapers, monorail tracks and multi-story shopping malls. You really can’t help but marvel at the impressive sights that surround you.

Away from the cities, Malaysia’s unspoilt national parks, wildlife reserves and paradise islands await you. The jungles and surrounding oceans, are full of rare exotic wildlife including orangutans and tigers. The coral reefs are brimming with turtles, sharks and tropical fish, making Malaysian dive sites among the best in the world. So if you want to combine western comforts with waking up in paradise, Malaysia could be the next place you call home.

Teachers who have made the move

The first few months were challenging to secure the type of teaching job that I was seeking. I was forced to take a number of short term contracts and supply teaching positions. This had benefits, as it gave me an opportunity to see a number of different schools in action – to try before I buy! In September 2003 I took up a position as Head of Physical Education at a prominent British curriculum school.
Bede Higgins
Assistant Headteacher
Ever since I qualified as a teacher, my family and I had harboured aspirations to experience life abroad. After some advice from friends we decided to take a look at Dubai. It seemed to be a city that was full of opportunity, cultural diversity, great weather and of course financial benefits.
Anthony Hall
Dubai English Speaking School
After teaching in South Wales for four years, I knew that I needed a change and a challenge in my life. I decided I started to look for jobs abroad and applied online to various schools. After an interview in London, I was offered an outstanding opportunity at The English College in Dubai.
Ben Davie
PE Coordinator at Gems Wellington Sillicon Oasis School

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