Welcome to the Teaching English in Taiwan website. My name is Tom and I currently live in Taiwan and have done so for quite some time. If you found your way here then there is probably a very good chance that you are interested in learning more about what life is like in Taiwan as an English teacher. What you’ll find here is what I like to think is the cold hard truth about living and surviving as an English teacher in Taiwan.
That isn’t to say I don’t enjoy my life as an English teacher in Taiwan, but what I see and know from my own experiences is very different from what you may read in magazines or hear from recruiting agencies that help you find a job in Taiwan. This website also won’t get down into the nitty gritty of teaching English. What I want to share with you is what it is really like and how to survive as an English teacher.
I’ll go through the nuts and bolts of surviving and making the most of your Taiwan experience. I’ll go over things like who can teach English in the first place (do you need any kind of qualifications), how can you find a job in Taiwan, what kind of pay should you expect, what kind of hours you will get, what is it like living in Taiwan and much, much more.
I hope that for anyone considering teaching English in Taiwan you find this website useful. I’ll be updating it on a regular basis and I am more than happy to answer any questions or queries that you may have about teaching and surviving in Taiwan as a teacher.
Why Teach English in Taiwan?
Why teach English in Taiwan? It is a very good question. There are many other countries in Asia where you can teach English. I’ll be honest, I’ve only ever taught in Taiwan. However, there are a few good things about Taiwan that make teaching English here worthwhile.
Low Cost of Living
One of the good things about Taiwan is just how cheap it can be to live here. For many people who are thinking about coming to Taiwan, you’ll be surprised at just how much cheaper rent is for starters. You can save a bundle on rent alone. You can also save even more if you are happy to eat local food. Living in Taiwan is much cheaper for me than it is back home, and I don’t live like a hermit.
Flexible Working Hours
Another good thing I find about teaching in Taiwan is the flexible working hours. This will depend on where you work, but if you want more time to pursue things that are important to you beyond just work, then teaching can offer you that. You’ll still have enough hours of work to make more than enough money to live on and have time to do what you really want.
Experience Something Different in Taiwan
If you are looking for a complete change to your way of life, then Taiwan will deliver. This can be good or bad, but if you want to take some time off from your current daily routine and really throw a wrench in things, Taiwan will do it. The culture, food, way of life, work environment and places you can go to in Taiwan is something most people will never find back home.
Teaching Can Be Enjoyable
Believe it or not, there are times that I find teaching to be very enjoyable and rewarding. This goes beyond just making money and getting rich, but there are some experiences such as helping children learn English and seeing them grow up that other jobs can never deliver.
How to Get Started Teaching in Taiwan
Depending on who you talk to, many people enjoy teaching English in Taiwan and just as many hate it. This is because there are so many different schools to work at and each school has its’ own style of management. If you are new to teaching, below you’ll find some information that applies to all schools no matter where you work. Knowing this in advance will make teaching in Taiwan much less of a shock.
You need the right kind of visa before you come to Taiwan. Otherwise, you may find yourself having to leave the country and re-entering before you can start work.
Finding a Job
What’s the best way to find a job? Are there any catches? Discover how you can find a job and what pitfalls to avoid.
Once you’ve found that job, what kind of questions can you expect to be asked? Knowing this in advance makes the interview process much easier and less of a shock.
Most school provide some kind of teacher training. Just how in depth and extensive it is varies from school to school.
Types of Schools
There are a wide variety of schools you can work at in Taiwan. The majority of teachers work in cram school, but public schools and universities are also an option.
What can you expect to get paid? Teachers are paid hourly so the more you work the more you’ll make.
Contracts in Taiwan aren’t as rock solid or reliable as you might be used to back home.
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