Far East

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.

Far East facts for the career breaker:

  • TEFL is the best way to get paid work here (although Japan also has a working holiday visa scheme). There's a big demand for English teachers in the region.
  • Volunteer opportunities in the Far East are mainly in China. They include community development, working with children and medical placements.
  • There are some really fun courses 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!
  • Learning the language can help you in your career break (talking to English students or people you're volunteering with), and in your career itself. 
  • People assume North Korea is out-of-bounds - it's not, but very few Westerners visit.
  • Visiting the Far East will give you an insight into their culture and social conventions, which will stand you in good stead in your career, particularly if you have clients from that part of the world. Some volunteering or exchange programmes include cultural classes and/or language lessons.
  • Whether you're in a rich or poor region, travelling responsibly is crucial.

Career break organisations with opportunities in the Far East

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Projects Abroad

A wide range of volunteering placements in 27 countries in the developing world, including teaching, orphanage work, conservation and medical programmes.
Go to Projects Abroad website Find out more
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Sunrise International Volunteer Program

Volunteer in a variety of placements throughout China - excursions, Mandarin lessons and cultural experiences also available.
Go to Sunrise International Volunteer Program website Find out more
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WorldTeach is a volunteer-sending organisation which focuses on teaching and education.
Go to WorldTeach website Find out more
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Paid work support programmes in New Zealand, Canada and Australia, paid summer camp work in the USA and volunteer placements in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Go to BUNAC website Find out more
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Travellers Worldwide

A variety of flexible volunteer placements abroad, including teaching, sports, conservation, work internships and language and culture courses.
Go to Travellers Worldwide website Find out more
Global Volunteer Network

Global Volunteer Network

Responsible, ethical and budget-friendly volunteer opportunities worldwide - a wide range of projects and roles is available.
Go to Global Volunteer Network website Find out more
Educating Adventures

Educating Adventures

Ski and snowboard instructor courses with a guaranteed job offer in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
Go to Educating Adventures website Find out more
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Teach & Learn Korea

Paid placements teaching English in South Korea for 6 months with cultural programmes, airfare, accommodation and other benefits included.
Go to Teach & Learn Korea website Find out more

i-to-i TEFL

i-to-i are a leading online TEFL course provider that are internationally recognised and accredited worldwide.
Go to i-to-i TEFL website Find out more
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Get your internationally-recognised TEFL qualification from this fully accredited provider of TEFL courses - free job placement service included.
Go to TEFL Org UK website Find out more
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Kaya Responsible Travel

Sustainable, ethical volunteer placements in 27 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa - courses in languages, diving and other activities available, plus special placements for couples and families.
Go to Kaya Responsible Travel website Find out more