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Please note that due to programme funding, the 2024-25 programme in Hong Kong has not yet been confirmed and the below details are subject to change.  

Spend 10 months working as a full time English Language Assistant in the high-rise metropolis of Hong Kong.

With no additional language requirements, this opportunity is open to final year students or graduates who would like to immerse themselves in Asian culture and cuisine, while bringing life to their students’ understanding of contemporary UK culture and language.

How does the programme operate in Hong Kong? 

The English Language Assistants programme in Hong Kong is delivered by the Language Assistants team in the UK, and British Council Hong Kong who manage the relationship with the placement providers, the Vocational Training Council (VTC).  

Am I eligible for a placement in Hong Kong?

To be a Language Assistant in Hong Kong, you must:

  • fulfil the general eligibility criteria 
  • have graduated from university with at least a bachelor’s degree, and have your degree certificate by July 2024* 

*(if you are due to graduate in July 2024, you will be asked to provide alternative documentation from your university confirming your graduation to meet the visa requirements) 

What is the role of an English Language Assistant in Hong Kong?  

The role of an English Language Assistant in Hong Kong requires a significant level of responsibility, initiative and creativity. Your role, in addition to supporting a teacher in the classroom, is to enhance the teaching of English and allow students to learn and practice English in more informal and interactive ways outside of the formal classroom environment.     

Responsibilities:  

  • Planning and delivering extra-curricular workshops, chatgroups and academic support 
  • Organising campus events  
  • Completing administrative tasks related to the role (e.g. monthly activity plan, reviewing student feedback, creating promotional materials, managing social media accounts to promote events) 

How many posts are available? 

 There are 40 posts available across 21 campuses in Hong Kong. The duties on different campus can be varied. The campuses vary in size, and roles and responsibilities are different on each campus. The Vocational Training Council (VTC) will match and allocate English Language Assistants with a relevant background to their different campuses. Please visit www.vtc.edu.hk for campus details. 

Subject areas of previous campuses have included but are not limited to: 

  • Design (incl. interior and exhibition, design, image design)  

  • IT 

  • Engineering and Construction   

  • Business  

  • Hospitality 

  • Health and Life Sciences  (including Fitness and Sport Studies, Dispensing)  

  • Child Care / Social Services 

  • Beauty Care and Hairdressing 

When will I start my placement?

Posts in Hong Kong run from mid-August 2024 to the end-of June 2025. You must be available for the full period of appointment. 

Will there be an induction course?

A  compulsory one-week induction will be held upon arrival in Hong Kong.  Confirmed dates will be provided if you are successful during the allocation process. 

You should also be offered an observational period of a few days/weeks at the beginning of your placement, as well as continuous professional development during your post.

How many hours will I work per week?

You can expect to work approximately 40 hours per week Monday to Friday.

Please be aware that the number of hours and your specific timetable and working pattern can vary depending on the institution that you are allocated to.

What type of institution will I be working in?

The range of placements available changes depending on which institutions can host a Language Assistant. You can generally expect to work in a vocational education institution with students aged 15 to 24.

How much will I be paid?

You will earn around 20,000HKD per month.

Please note that our overseas partners and employing institutions are ultimately responsible for setting the salary of Language Assistants and this amount should therefore be treated as indicative and may be subject to change.

What are the costs involved?  

In addition to the monthly salary, all participants working in Hong Kong will be offered the following financial support:

  • a return flight to Hong Kong (arranged yourself and reimbursed up to HKD 12,000) 
  • a contribution of HKD 230 towards visa costs
  • staff accommodation at a discounted rate (around £580 per month)

Please note Hong Kong is considered to have a high cost of living and you will be expected to cover the costs below yourself:  

Pre-departure: 

  • International Child Protection Certificate (£75) 
  • Travel insurance  

In post:  

  • Accommodation costs  
  • Living expenses 
  • Costs for initial month – you will not receive your first payment until early September or later. 

We encourage you to read more about the salary and how much money we recommend budgeting for Hong Kong in section 8 of the destination guide (available to download from the bottom of this page).  

Will I need a visa?

The process of applying for a visa requires a significant time investment, however, is completed online. You will be supported through this process by a third-party organisation in Hong Kong.  

Please note that visa requirements can change at short notice, and the British Council cannot be held responsible for any changes to the visa process.

What holidays will I have?

In Hong Kong the academic calendar runs from September to July.  Typically, assistants can expect to receive the same school and national holidays as their institution.  Your institution will give you full details of your term dates when you begin your post.

Where can I get information about my placement from? 

 

The guide for Language Assistants in Hong Kong 2023-24 is available to download in PDF format below. This information has been provided for reference and is subject to change each year. Updated guidance for Assistants going out on placement in 2024-25 will be available in summer 2024.  

 

Updated: 10/11/2023