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Teach English in Malaysia

Teaching Positions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR / PENANG, MALAYSIA: ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

We need new teachers starting Oct – Jan (start date flexible)

Enhance Education specialises in teaching English. We currently have four teaching centres in Penang State with a total enrolment of more than 2000 students per term and in 2017 we are expanding our operation as Enhance Academy to Kuala Lumpur. In all centres we provide high-quality English language courses in spacious, well-equipped classrooms using interactive student-centred teaching methods. Our courses cover all ages and levels from age 4 years to adults. We are hiring for a number of October – January start positions in our Penang branches and our new KL branches.

We seek teachers who meet all these essential criteria:

– Substantial recent experience of teaching English to a range of learners from young learners to teens and adults.
– Native English speaker with a university degree in any subject.
– CELTA or Trinity London CertTESOL or direct equivalent with a substantial element of classroom experience.

We value professional development and we encourage and support teachers to improve their skills. We need teachers who can relate well to students, especially children, and who have an active and lively teaching style. We use a range of well-known coursebooks but teachers can draw on our data-bank for supplementary materials and have considerable freedom in planning lessons. Most of our students are part-time and study with us for two hours per week. This means that most classes are held at weekends and on some weekday evenings.

We offer a locally competitive pay and benefits package including health insurance and pension premiums. Depending on qualifications and experience, our total package starts from RM8,445 per month. Assistance with relocation and settlement costs is available including 14 nights’ accommodation on first arrival.

Penang

Our four centres are located in Straits Quay Marina and Bayan Baru on Penang Island, and on the mainland in Butterworth (Bagan Ajam) and Bukit Mertajam (Alma). All are close to residential and shopping areas with a wide range of affordable condos having good facilities such as a pool and gym. Commuting to all centres is quite easy and no matter where you teach you can choose to live on either Penang Island or on the mainland. Penang Island is popular with expatriates and Malaysians alike and affords a wide range of recreational and outdoor activities while historical Georgetown has UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The cost of living is much less than in many major cities in the region. Positons in Penang will be from December 2017.

 

Kuala Lumpur

Our first new centre in KL will be based in Klang comprising spacious classrooms in a new retail development. Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant, diverse capital city with a number of options for accommodation and with most condos having good facilities. KL has many local parks and wildlife areas around the city which offer a great opportunity for residents to get out of the city and unwind in nature, as well as being famous for the wide variety of different cuisines on offer around the city. Positions in KL will be from October 1st 2017.

Enhance is a young company that is growing quickly. The senior staff all have strong educational backgrounds and considerable experience including the Group Director, Dr. Tom Craig-Cameron, formerly Director of British Council Malaysia. We also have experienced Lead Teachers who manage and support the teachers in each centre. Please look at our web site for more details: www.enhance-education.com

To apply, please send your CV and a covering note to recruit@enhance-education.com. The closing date for applications is July 21st 2017 and we will reply only to shortlisted applicants.


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Living in China – Shenzhen Apartments

Shenzhen China Living in a Modern Chinese Apartment

If you are already aware of the first tier city of Shenzhen, you will know that it is a new city full of young Chinese migrants from all over China. They migrate to the city because of the opportunities it gives them.

Shenzhen is a very young city in comparison to somewhere like New York City or London. But there are 1000’s of apartments to choose from – from old buildings to modern, small to big, and squat toilets to western style toilets. There is a vast array to choose from.

To give you an idea, whilst I am writing a this I am sitting in my 1 bedroom apartment in a high rise on the 27th Floor! It has a nice feel to the apartment and it is located in a modern block – and yes I do have a modern toilet. The size is about 60 square metres, and the rent is quite high. More about that later!

Security in Every Apartment Garden

Nearly all apartments here in Shenzhen have security guards on them, so you will be very safe in whichever kind of accommodation you choose. The locals will call each group of apartments ‘Gardens’ my apartment is situated in Oasis Gardens, Shixia – right in the heart of the city in a district called Futian District, surrounding us are several other districts such as Bo’An, Nanshan (Shekou) and Longgang. All within a half an hour drive of each other.

Old Apartments and Modern Apartments

There are many old buildings here in Shenzhen. Most of the old building don’t have elevators and don’t have any apartments higher than the eighth floor. In a lot of the old apartments there will be the floor style squat toilet where you have to crouch down! You get used to it! And in most of the old apartments, if you have a balcony, there are some grill like bars to stop you jumping out of the window, or throwing your dog off, whichever you like. The old buildings are cheaper to rent in Shenzhen than the new modernized apartments. Although landlords and homeowners are now refurbishing the old apartments to a high standard.

Old apartments and new all come equipped with hot water and air conditioning.

Safety

Safety is paramount in these big cities in China. Every floor is equipped with a fire hose and fire escape. I’ve witnessed one fire near a school that I was working at, it was in an old building with eight floors and the fire was on the first floor. The fire crew were well trained and safety measures, even in the old building, were up to date – the fire was extinguished without spreading to the other floors or apartments.

Renting

In Shenzhen many rules apply that you will find at home. Such as 2 months rent as a deposit, and one months rent upfront. Note if you find a house through an agent, there will be an agency fee incurred – half a months rent.

Renting Downtown Shenzhen Cost 1 Months Rent in a Modern Building

50 – 60 square meter 4500cny – 5500cny – 1 Bedroom

60 – 80 square meter  5500cny – 7000cny – 2 Bedroom

The rental prices above are approximate prices for the summer of 2017. The property boom in Shenzhen is massive, which in turn has created high rental fees on properties, and if you want to buy in the heart of Shenzhen, then you really should compare the prices to London house prices and you will be surprised. Just 3 years ago I was paying 3800cny per month for a one bedroom modern apartment in the same district.

Other Costs

Maintenance Fee’s: 150cny per month

Electric: 300cny per month

Gas: 100cny per month

Internet: 1000 cny for 10 months.

Agents

There are many agents on every street corner in Shenzhen, they either want to sell to you or can help you look for a rental. If you are short on time, then an agent is the best place to go and get help. Just remember, you have to sacrifice half a months rent (agent fee). I have used the same agent for the past two years, they are called LianJia and you can easily find them through google. If you have a teaching job and are working for a recruitment firm, they will help you find an apartment before you arrive – only if they are nice. Most apartment agents have at least one realtor who speaks English.

Landlords – I have never had any problems with landlords and have received my deposit back each and every time I have moved. I’ve moved four times in four years! The landlords don’t bother you, just make sure you pay your rent and bills on time.

Bills – Every apartment i’ve lived in – the landlord has provided me with a bank book. This is where all bills get debited from, just make sure you keep the bank book (account) topped up. My landlord now is excellent and I pay her via social media platform WeChat – WeChat has a payment system integrated, a bit like Apple Pay but more popular.

Neigbours – Everybody needs good neighbours right? Well neigbours are the same across the world, you will get good ones and bad. My current neigbours include 2 families – grandmas often walk with the babies up and down the corridoors! Some cooks – I’m not kidding these guys are running a take away from their apartment – obviously accepting payments through WeChat. And finally two foreigners who share a 2 bedroom apartment and split the rent. If you can do this, then it’s the best way – sharing!

To Conclude….

Don’t forget you need to have 2 months rental deposit, and 1 month upfront and include the agent fee’s when making your plan to come to lovely Shenzhen. There are many modern apartments and new builds, check that each apartment you look at has fire equipment. And always haggle to try and get a bit of a discount. If you like having a balcony, tell the agent. If you don’t like living high, tell the agent. And most agents have an English Speaker at hand.

Good Luck in your House Searching in Shenzhen!

Extra – Washing Machines in China

Most of the apartments are equipped with a washing machine. They are the kind of washing machine which you open from the top. All of the washing machines that I have had don’t have a hot water pipe. Clothes are cleaned with cold water. Which doesn’t really bother me. If I need to really scrub some stains out of clothes I will use the hot water and the sink! When you go into the electrical stores you will see many of the washing machines like in England, but they cost a lot so that’s why landlords don’t invest in them.