Housing is a
frequent bone of contention in the TEFL world
Housing can be a real problem in the TEFL world. Not so
much of a problem if your school does not provide it,
as you can then find and get the quality of housing you
want. But, when the school provides it, sometimes you
will be stuck with a less than satisfactory situation.
And a big disappointment.
Schools that provide housing want, of course, to spend
the minimum amount needed for your housing. Ask the
other teachers there if it is decent or not. Employers
will sometimes find a tiny closet for you to live in -
not concerned that you need to share that small space
with all the cockroaches that already live there.
careful with shared housing. While it may be fun to
have a roommate - you can also end up with the roommate
from hell. Most people recommend that you not accept
shared housing. I shared housing twice, once was great
and I made a good friend. The other time was terrible
and I couldn't wait to get out.
"Western Style Housing"
Some employers will advertise that they provide Western
style housing. Don't trust it - sometimes that only
means it has a bathroom with a "throne" or seat toilet
versus a "squatter".
Paying the Bills
at all possible, try to make sure that YOU pay the
bills. Some employers like to pay the bills, but then
don't give you a real accounting of the costs. Some
will greatly overcharge you. Ask the other teachers
Demand Decent Housing
When having a problem with it you can always ask your
employer, "Would you accept living here - like this?"
But, sadly, sometimes they would!
Don't demand a mansion - have reasonable expectations, but do require something decent.
BTW, I have, only one time, moved into a CLEAN
apartment. Much of the world cleans when they move in,
not out. Expect to move into a filthy apartment. No
big deal, you can leave it dirty when you go!