<p>Fancy going to China, Japan, Korea or Taiwan on your career break? It's a great place for career breakers who want to teach English, volunteer, or learn a new skill, and the diversity of the region means that travelling there is a real treat.</p><p>Far East facts for the career breaker:</p>
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<strong>TEFL is the best way to get paid work</strong> here (although Japan also has a <strong>working holiday visa</strong> scheme). There's a big demand for English teachers in the region.</li>
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<strong>Volunteer opportunities</strong> in the Far East are mainly in China. They include community development, working with children and medical placements.</li>
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There are some <strong>really fun courses</strong> in the Far East - some are stand-alone, like martial arts, and some are short ones incorporated into volunteer and travel programmes - like kung fu or dumpling making!</li>
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<b>Learning the language</b> can help you in your career break (talking to English students or people you're volunteering with), and in your career itself. </li>
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People assume <strong>North Korea</strong> is out-of-bounds - it's not, but very few Westerners visit.</li>
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Visiting the Far East will give you an insight into their culture and social conventions, which will <strong>stand you in good stead in your career</strong>, particularly if you have clients from that part of the world. Some volunteering or exchange programmes include cultural classes and/or language lessons.</li>
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Whether you're in a rich or poor region, <strong>travelling responsibly </strong>is crucial.</li>
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