How to Teach English in Singapore – TEFL Teaching Job in Singapore

By Kach Umandap - Howe April 1st, 2020 Posted in Teaching English - TEFL, Travel Blog One Comment

Singapore has plenty to offer those aspiring to teach English, not only excellent attractions but also a great opportunity to teach English in Singapore and live a great lifestyle! Come and see for yourself.

How to Teach English in Singapore – The Lion City
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Being neat, clean and responsible for one’s actions is one of the essentials of culture in Singapore. There is a system of meritocracy, wherein individuals are given credit almost exclusively to when it is deserved. Social harmony is also important, as being a secular immigrant country, Singapore upholds unity and fellowship, requiring one to be sensitive and polite at all times.

Learn more about teaching English abroad, read our article about the Introduction to teaching English.

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Cost of Living when Teaching English in Singapore

Accommodation: Save money by avoiding the nice apartments in the city. For example, you can rent a room or HDB flats for as low as $500 a month, add $100 for utilities (phone, power, internet).

Food: You can live with an average of $600 a month for food costs if you want to eat out. It’s better to cook your own food, and if you do this every day your food expenses come up to only $200 a month. All in all, you can allot $200 to $600 for food, if you cook at home and occasionally eat out.

Transportation:  Singapore has one of the most efficient and affordable public transport systems. Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) bus costs $1.60. Taxis start at $3.00. Overall, monthly average transportation will cost you $150.

Salary to Teach English in Singapore

This depends on your qualifications and the type of English teaching that you do, but kindergarten levels and some language centers start from $1500 to $3,500 a month. If you work in the British Council, however, the salary ranges from $3,000 to $4,000 a month. Finally, International school salaries fetch about $3500 upwards depending on your experience and qualifications.

Pros of Teaching English in Singapore

  • Quality healthcare
  • Affordable and efficient public transport
  • Low crime rate

Cons of Teaching English in Singapore

  • Rent can be expensive depending on your location and choice of accommodation.
  • Pricey entertainment costs – if you’re the party goer type.
  • Education is expensive.
  • Censorship in media; Freedom of speech is limited.
  • Random strict rules, like meetings of more than 4 people are considered illegal.
  • Cars are also expensive.
How to Teach English in Singapore – The Lion City
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How to find Jobs to Teach English in Singapore

Use the websites for TEFL job postings: Jobstreet, JobsDb, Workabroad.ph, TEFL sites.

You can also join this TEFL Facebook Group.

Where to Teach English in Singapore

Everywhere in Singapore – private academies, universities, public schools, provided you meet their qualifications and you’re accepted by the Ministry of Education.

How to Teach English in Singapore – The Lion City
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Requirements for English Teachers in Singapore

Bachelor’s degree and a year or two of teaching experience, which will land you in some language centers and pre-school or kindergarten schools. A 120 hour TEFL certificate is usually a minimum requirement unless you have a teaching degree.

How to Process Visa for Singapore

Employers usually process work permits for TEFL English teachers, from start to finish.

How to Teach English in Singapore – The Lion City
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Singapore: Lifestyles, Customs, Do’s and Don’ts

Take off shoes before entering a mosque or temple, and wash your hands and feet when entering a Hindu one. Make sure that taking pictures is allowed before bringing out your camera.

It is prohibited to chew gum, spit, litter, jaywalk, smoke indoors, be drunk in public, take drugs, drink and drive, and dance on counters and tables at bars. Not only that, but Singaporeans highly value working long hours and education.

Start a new journey and teach English in Singapore! But first, get an online TEFL certification to prove your relevance in teaching the English language. No worries as we have partnered with Let’s TEFL to offer accredited 120-hour TEFL courses with a 60% discount. Just use our exclusive promo code – TWOMONKEYS. Let’s TEFL courses include free certificate shipping!
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  1. I am very interested in teaching English in Singapore as I have the experience and qualifications required and I will be very willing to send my CV to you. Please, provide me with an email address so that I can do so, thanks.

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Written by Kach Umandap - Howe

Co-Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 143 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she got married then a year later bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.

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