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The cross-harbour Star Ferry ride only costs $2.20. Take your camera.

Star Ferry

Jan 2009

Visas are required for most nationalities but are easy to obtain. The fastest route to the Middle Kingdom from Hong Kong is by train, bus or ferry. Shopping trips to the border town of Shenzhen are popular but generally, the neighbouring province of Guangdong is better known for factories than natural beauty. Further afield, it is an hour’s flight to Guilin where the stunning limestone scenery draws artists and tourists from around the world. The cities of Beijing Shanghai and Xian are well served by direct flights from Hong Kong.

Scenery near Guilin

It depends where home is. Off-peak rates to the UK, US, Australia, Canada or New Zealand cost around 39 cents per minute with even cheaper special offers appearing periodically. Fast internet speeds mean computer 'webcam' phone calls using software such as Skype are stable and of good quality.
Compared with some countries yes, although teachers will discover that the increased buying power of superstores 'back home' has meant a levelling of prices for everything from computers to cameras in recent years. Relative to salary, however, gadgets and gizmos represent very good value.
A surprising number. Many are handy for city dwellers including Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay and Stanley, which are all on the south side of Hong Kong Island. On Lantau, the stretch of sand at Cheung Sha takes longer to reach but is worth the effort. The postcard photographer’s favourite however, is Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay) in Sai Kung. Powdery white sand lapped by turquoise seas reward hikers who reach the remote beauty spot.
Beach on Lantau Island
 

Supermarkets stock Marmite and Vegemite; Tim Tams and Branston Pickle. Imported fresh fruit and vegetables are often Australian and a range of Waitrose products from the UK are stocked by a local supermarket chain.

The theme park opened in September 2005 and despite being smaller than other Disney resorts, offers an enjoyable day out. Rival attraction, Ocean Park has grabbed some of Disneyland’s limelight recently; especially since the arrival of another two giant pandas from China, bringing the total to four.

While there are lots of ways to give your credit card a thorough workout, it is also perfectly possible to live inexpensively in Hong Kong. Opt for local, rather than Western restaurants; seek out discount clothing outlets and hit the bars during happy hour to make your dollars go further. Click here for an ‘at a glance’ price list. 
Living in the centre of one of the world’s most frenetic cities appeals to many ESF teachers. City apartments are never far from restaurants, bars and shops but are inevitably more expensive than less-conveniently located accommodation. The Outlying Islands and New Territories appeal to families and those for whom space, and even a garden is a priority. Rental rates are cheaper but remember to factor in ferry costs and the extra commuting time.
ESF provides annual leave to Staff Members to promote work life balance. The Annual Leave Policy outlines the eligibility of Staff Members to annual leave and explains the procedures to be followed in applying for it. The provision of annual leave meets or in most cases exceeds the requirements of the Employment Ordinance.  Click hereto log on to the ESF Gateway for details.

ESF supports Staff Members in their study for and attaining further relevant professional qualifications to enable them to perform current or future jobs successfully. Staff Members attending professional development courses may need to sit examinations to attain professional qualifications. This Policy outlines the eligibility of Staff Members to Examination Leave and explains the procedures to be followed in applying for such leave.

ESF supports training and professional development as a means of developing key competencies which enable Staff Members to perform current or future jobs successfully. Therefore it enables eligible Staff Members to take leave to attend courses relevant to their work with ESF. This Policy outlines the eligibility of Staff Members to Study Leave and explains the procedure to be followed in applying for such leave.
In support of its family friendly practices and practices that support the good health and welfare of its employees, ESF enables Staff Members to take leave when they adopt a child. This Policy outlines the eligibility of Staff Members to Adoption Leave and explains the procedure to be followed in applying for Adoption Leave. There is no provision for Adoption Leave under the Employment Ordinance.
In support of its family friendly practices and practices that support the good health and welfare of its employees, ESF enables Staff Members to take leave upon the birth of their child to their partner. This Policy outlines the eligibility of Staff Members to Paternity Leave and explains the procedure to be followed in applying for Paternity Leave. There is no provision for Paternity Leave under the Employment Ordinance.
In support of its family friendly practices and practices that support the good health and welfare of its employees, ESF enables female Staff Members to take leave when they give birth to a child. This Policy outlines the eligibility of female Staff Members to Maternity Leave and explains the procedure to be followed in applying for Maternity Leave. The provision of leave under this Policy meets or exceeds the requirements of the Employment Ordinance.
The Sick Leave Policy enables Staff Members to take leave for periods of actual illness or injury requiring them to be absent from work. It also protects other Staff Members from being exposed to contagious diseases. This policy outlines the eligibility of Staff Members to Sick Leave and explains the procedure to be followed in applying for Sick Leave. Staff Members are eligible to sick leave to a level that meets or in most cases exceeds the provisions in the Employment Ordinance.   Click hereto log on to the ESF Gateway for details. 

 

除以上休假政策所述的休假外,教職員可能不時因其他原因需要休假。本政策概述教職員休補假、恩假、出席陪審團假、國際體育比賽假、受訪休假、無薪假期及特別(情有可原的情況)休假的資格,並訂明這些休假的申請程序。

 

The Expressing Breast Milk Policy supports the ESF’s family friendly practices, and practices that support good health and welfare of its employees. ESF promotes and supports breastfeeding and, therefore, encourages mothers wishing to express breast milk when they return to work. This policy outlines the provisions that should be made available in schools and other workplaces to support such activities.  Click hereto log on to the ESF Gateway for details.
The Inclement Weather Work Arrangements Policy details the work arrangements of Staff Members during inclement weather which can occur during the summer months. The over-riding consideration is student and Staff Member safety in all instances of inclement and dangerous weather conditions. At all times in managing work arrangements during inclement weather, ESF shall comply with advice issued by the Hong Kong Observatory in conjunction with the Education Bureau (EDB).  Click here to log on to the ESF Gateway for details.

The cross-harbour Star Ferry ride only costs $2.20. Take your camera.

Star Ferry
Star Ferry
Jan 2009

It depends where home is. Off-peak rates to the UK, US, Australia, Canada or New Zealand cost around 39 cents per minute with even cheaper special offers appearing periodically. Fast internet speeds mean computer 'webcam' phone calls using software such as Skype are stable and of good quality.

Compared with some countries yes, although teachers will discover that the increased buying power of superstores 'back home' has meant a levelling of prices for everything from computers to cameras in recent years. Relative to salary, however, gadgets and gizmos represent very good value.

Living in the centre of one of the world’s most frenetic cities appeals to many ESF teachers. City apartments are never far from restaurants, bars and shops but are inevitably more expensive than less-conveniently located accommodation. The Outlying Islands and New Territories appeal to families and those for whom space, and even a garden is a priority. Rental rates are cheaper but remember to factor in ferry costs and the extra commuting time.

Beach on Lantau Island
Beach on Lantau Island