If you have been reading this blog for a while you know that I am always daydreaming about life in countries all around the world. I’m really not picky. Well… I do think about safety more than I used to, but I think that is actually pretty common for many teachers! Internations and HSBC have recently published reports about the best places to live as an Expat and I just had to see how they matched with my own LONG list.
HSBC focuses on Economics, Experience and Raising Children. Using their preset guidelines HSBC concludes that the best places to live overall are:
- Switzerland: I have looked into Switzerland and there are some great international schools there, but I’m not ready to give up living in a warm environment yet.
- Singapore: I’ve already looked into schools here and I’ve heard that the work/life balance isn’t the best.
- China: I would definitely move back if it meant working in Shanghai.
- Germany: I would love to live here but the taxes would break me if I didn’t already have all of my student debt paid off.
- Bahrain: I never really looked into this country! Will definitely check it out now!
- New Zealand: I haven’t seen many prospects for international teachers, but it looks beautiful.
- Thailand: Definitely at the top of my list of places I want to live.
- Taiwan: I am considering this country more and more!
- India: The American School of Bombay sounds fantastic.
- Hong Kong: I’ve only heard good things about this country.
Play around with the HSBC page http://www.expatexplorer.hsbc.com/#/countries and find out which countries you would like based on your priorities!! When I eliminated the “Raising Children” part and some of the fields from “Experience” (because I am a single lady living a simple life) my list was a little different:
- Oman: I don’t know of anyone who has worked here, but I’ve heard that there are some fun outdoorsy options for downtime.
- Hong Kong
- Qatar: I have friends teaching here and they seem to like it.
- Vietnam: I have a friend who raves about Vietnam and it is now on my radar!
On the InterNations Expat Insider Report http://assets.in-cdn.net/static/pdf/report.pdf they ranked the top ten as:
- Ecuador: I hope to visit next year, but I have friends who taught there and they weren’t huge fans of some recent educational policies that went into effect.
- Luxemburg: I met one girl who managed to wrangle a job at an international school there and she loved her experience.
- Mexico: I’ve heard good things about the international school in Monterrey, but I would love to teach anywhere there that paid me well enough. I miss Mexico!
- USA: I don’t plan on working on the US anytime in the foreseeable future.
- Spain: I would love to work here if my student loans were paid off!
- Philippines: This country is showing up more and more on retirement lists, but the International School of Manila is one of the top schools in the world.
- Australia: I haven’t found many international school prospects here.
- Hong Kong