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Hong Kong


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12 months



Whether you’re just starting out or you have years of experience, if you are looking for a new adventure and dedicated to making a positive impact through education, we would love to hear from you!

We’ve been partnering with Kindergartens, primary and secondary schools across Hong Kong for over 15 years now, offering a wide range of educational services. We aspire to provide the quality English language support that students need to succeed and we couldn’t do that without a talented team of passionate teachers. 

How teaching in Hong Kong works 

  • You’ll have an initial interview with our team so we can get a better understanding of your experience, career goals and placement preferences. This will also be an opportunity for you to get to know us more so come with all your questions ready.
  • If the initial interview goes well, we will create a teacher profile for you and share your profile with our partner schools that match. You will then have a chance to interview with any interested schools via Skype.
  • Once you confirm your school preference,we’ll organise all your documentation. When your work visa is approved, we will send it to you so that you can have it upon arrival.

Benefits to teach with Headstart

  • Visa sponsorship, we send it to you before you arrive
  • Paid holidays for Christmas, Lunar New Year and Easter on top of the 17 public holidays that Hong Kong has to offer
  • Airport pick up on arrival and orientation
  • Assistance with accommodation and navigating the Hong Kong property market
  • An escort who accompanies you to your new school on your first day
  • Ongoing training and development programmes
  • In-class teaching support
  • Competitive salary
  • Retention incentives

Requirements to teach in Hong Kong

  • Clean police record
  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • TEFL certificate
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Open-mindedness and creativity with a strong work ethic
  • Teaching experience is an advantage

Headstart Group offered a lot of valuable advice…

Headstart Group provided me with full support during the recruitment period. Even though I was not in Hong Kong and had no possibility to be present during the interview with my school, it managed to organise the interview via skype taking into consideration the time difference between HK and my country. After I got the school’s offer Headstart Group provided me with very detailed information about my school’s daily life and the duties i was going to have. So, when I started to work I was fully aware of what my normal school day is going to look like.Before finding the school for me, Headstart Group offered a lot of valuable advice on how to improve my resume and it helped me a lot.

All in all, whenever I had questions or doubts, whether they were about working or living in HK, Headstart Group was available 24/7 to answer all of my questions and provide me with most practical support.

Aleksandra Kashina

Hong Kong, What You Need to Know

It might be one of the most densely populated cities in the world but only about 25 percent of the land area is inhabited. The rest is covered by mountains and greenery. Picture a winding jungle punctuated by pockets of skyscrapers.

Although tradition is still deeply embedded in Hong Kong’s society, a mixture of cultures coupled with a modern vibrance gives the city a unique energy that is rivalled by no other place in the world.

Hong Kong's education system is well established and internationally recognised


Hong Kong has one of the highest number of restaurants or cafes per capita and is also the place to score the cheapest Michelin-starred food on the planet. Go eat in the foodie’s paradise!


Hong Kong is one of the safest places in the world. This “Pearl of the Orient” ranks the 10th safest city in the world in 2019 accordingly to the law and order index.


In Hong Kong, multiculturalism is not a label, dogma or an insult; it’s a way of life. Friends are inevitably from everywhere from the east to west, you name it. Weekends are spent on the beach for morning swimming, devouring homemade Pad Thai and watching Woody Allen films.


Hong Kong may be famous for its towering skyscrapers but 60 percent of the territory is actually country park and nature reserve. Hiking the green trails is a favourite weekend pastime. Convenient transportation will get you from the urban to the wild without a hassle.


Being a new teacher in Hong Kong, you can earn a salary of USD3,200 per month for the first year, while Japan, Thailand and South Korea offer around USD1,700 per month; Taiwan and China offer USD2,000 and USD2,300 per month.


Influenced by education policies during the British colonial era, Hong Kong education system is well established and internationally recognised, where local and foreign students benefit from free high-quality education.

The Teaching Culture

Hong Kong sits very highly on the PISA report. It is because Hong Kong has an examination-focused education culture. In the upper forms, the curriculums are to enhance examination skills. With the introduction of e-Learning and information technology in class, the classroom has become more interactive and fun.

The Students

Over the years, the variety of nationalities of our students has become widened. In addition to the locally born children, there is an increasing number of children from Mainland China and ethnic minorities who are studying side by side. One thing has not changed: there is a high demand for English education.

The Teachers

The government has been putting effort to enhance English learning at schools, including the Native-speaking English Teacher (NET) Scheme. Foreign teachers are recognised to play an important role in our students’ English education.

Headstart Group has exceeded expectation particularly being unwaveringly helpful, reliable and having the necessary information at their fingertips.

Since my initial contact I have been impressed with the professionalism of The Headstart Group and their expertise in the field of education. They have done an excellent job of matching the School/Colleges needs to my professional capabilities and aspirations and the team have created opportunities for all stakeholders to thrive in the working relationship. I can say Headstart has exceeded expectation particularly being unwaveringly helpful, reliable and having the necessary information at their fingertips as and when requested without delay.

The pre-interview information was impressive and interview technique helped me secure employment. Similarly, the detailed itinerary necessary to complete paperwork for the visa and sourcing accommodation for me. All this has meant that I have quickly and happily been able to settle in to the role from overseas without a hitch. Many thanks Headstart.

Claire Bateman

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