A day in the life of an English Teacher – Hong Kong

Hello. Welcome to a day in the life of a Native English Teacher in Hong Kong.

Yup, that’s me!

Lord. How did I ever become a teacher?

Bless my little Year 8 self when my English Teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I was older. I completely made up the fact that I wanted to be an English Teacher in hope that he would like me and y’know, maybe give me an extra A here and there. Lolz.

WELL LOOK AT ME NOW. Fake it ‘til you make it sistah.

My fake dream came a reality and honestly? I’m kinda liking it.

A lot of people have asked me what I do on a daily basis so I thought I’d write a blog post telling you exactly that!

It’s Friday the day I’m writing this so I’m going to write about my Friday schedule to give you a general idea about what teaching in Hong Kong is like.

8:30 AM

 snooze my alarm, and then snooze it again.

8:40 AM

Wake up to my third alarm of the morning and groan because GOD DAMMIT WHY DO I ALWAYS WAKE UP SO LATE?!

I grab my outfit that I usually lay out the night before, brush my teeth and throw my hair into the messiest pony tail you ever did see. Drink some water, run around like a headless chicken grabbing my purse and belongings and then dash out the door. PRETTTYYYY standard, huh.

9:00 AM

Leave my tiny studio apartment and walk to work. It takes me around 20 minutes of a normal paced walk to get to work and I actually like being able to walk! Commuting is something I hate so getting a bit of fresh air on my journey is a huge plus. Especially when it’s sunny! Yay.

9:20 AM

Arrive at work and welcome the kids in.

9:30 AM

I have my first lesson of the day. Lessons are an hour long and they cover a range of things such as phonics, spelling, reading, oral English speaking and creative writing.

10:30 AM

I have another lesson straight after. Honestly, the kids make me laugh so much man.

11:30 AM

My morning lessons are over. I have an hour free to do admin work (and also catch up with Emily ((the other teacher)) about life and Netflix.) COMPLETE WORK GOALS, I know.

12:30 PM

LUNCH TIME. Yes bebeh. I usually go to 7/11 to grab some noodles and a Red Bull but recently I’ve been bringing in my own salads or cous cous because I’m a trier. Also Luke works next door to me so sometimes we go and grab lunch together at a restaurant overlooking the harbour. Cute work perks.

1.30 PM

Another hour of admin time! All our lesson plans and worksheets are already created for us. We just have to print and organize them so they’re ready for class.

2.30 PM

My third lesson of the day!

3.30 PM

I have a couple of hours to get more things done such as update parents or write reports etc! All the stuff I won’t bore you with.

5:30 PM

My last lesson of the day!

6:30 PM

HOME TIME. I quickly pack away and walk home. I’m usually in a good mood on Fridays because it’s one of my favourite days.

I get home at around 7 ish and usually Luke has already started cooking dinner. Cutie. Sometimes I stop off at the gym on the way home, sometimes not. Usually the latter. Judge me.

I work 5 days a week (including Saturday) so my days off are Thursday’s and Sundays. It’s really good to have a day in the middle of the week to break it up a little. Teaching in Hong Kong can be really fun but it’s also super tiring.

The lifestyle in Hong Kong is just amazing and being able to find a job in a fun environment just makes it all that more worthwhile.

Let me know if you have any questions about teaching abroad and I’d be happy to answer them!

Claire ♡

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14 Comments

  1. Luke
    February 6, 2019 / 3:07 pm

    You are smashing it… keep going and all your dreams will fall into place… xx

    • clairewalker333
      Author
      February 6, 2019 / 3:13 pm

      aren’t you adorable! love you <3
      xx

  2. emma
    February 6, 2019 / 3:37 pm

    Fabulous read!! Great to know what you get upto out there you are both amazing ♥️ Xx

    • clairewalker333
      Author
      February 6, 2019 / 3:43 pm

      Awww thank you Emma! <3 We love you lots! xx

  3. March 7, 2019 / 5:09 pm

    To b honest this sounds like the best job! New to your blog so apologies if this is common knowledge but did you know Chinese before you started teaching there/is it vital to know?
    SUCH a cool job! Sounds like you’re really enjoying it ✨

    • clairewalker333
      Author
      March 8, 2019 / 11:18 am

      Hey lovely! I can’t speak Chinese so it’s not vital at all. My lessons are taught completely in English and most people in Hong Kong can speak English. Since being here I’ve learnt how to say basic things such as thank you etc but that’s it! Thanks for your lovely comment xx

  4. March 7, 2019 / 5:33 pm

    I absolutely love Hong Kong, I lived there for a year and my Dad has lived there for about 13 years. It’s a fabulous place. I’ve heard a lot about schools out there but never from the POV of a teacher. It’s awesome that you’re enjoying it!! Keep up the good work!

    • clairewalker333
      Author
      March 8, 2019 / 11:19 am

      Aww that’s amazing! I’m so glad you love it too. Thankyou for your lovely comment xx

  5. March 7, 2019 / 5:45 pm

    Firstly, I absolutely LOVE the photos in this post, they are fab! And wow, what a fabulous job to have, it sounds so much fun. Hong Kong is somewhere I’ve always been curious about but I don’t like flying so I have to learn and live vicariously through other people’s experiences. Loved this post, it was such fun to read 🙂

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Claire
      Author
      March 8, 2019 / 11:20 am

      Aww thank you for this lovely comment! Well you can keep living through my experiences as I’ll be sharing lots more about it 🙂 xx

  6. March 7, 2019 / 6:41 pm

    I love this, day in the life posts are always so interesting to read! What age range are the kids? It sounds like such a cool job! I’ve never been to Hong Kong but it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit. Gorgeous photos!
    Hels xx
    http://www.thehelsproject.com

    • Claire
      Author
      March 8, 2019 / 11:23 am

      The kids range from ages 3 to around 10 years old 🙂 You should definitely visit one day! xx

  7. March 7, 2019 / 8:15 pm

    I always love to see how other people’s days play out, especially in another country! It sounds quite different from schools here in England…I see how much work my sister-in-law has to do outside of ‘school hours’ over here with planning and getting paperwork done, so it sounds great that you have your lessons planned for you.
    Bet it is lovely living in Hong Kong too, such a vibrant and lively place!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    https://www.aimsysantics.co.uk

    • Claire
      Author
      March 8, 2019 / 11:24 am

      Yeah it’s a crazy difference from teachers in the UK! Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 xx

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