Teaching English in Taiwan

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Teaching English in Taiwan

Sandy Beaches, Tropical Forests, Volcanic Mountains

Learners are highly motivated, open to learning and fun.

Taiwan is a small, beautiful island that is densely populated. It has sandy beaches, tropical forests, volcanic mountains and the Yushun National Park. It is also famous for its butterflies. Politically, the island is or is not a part of the Republic of China depending on which political perspective you take. Although China used to hold more power and influence, in the last decade mainland China has been slowly losing its grip on Taiwan. This has allowed for a pro-independence stance. 

In the past, Taiwan has been ruled by the Dutch, the Spanish and the Japanese. This would explain some of the Japanese influences found in its cuisine. There is also a strong aboriginal influence found in Taiwanese culture, art and literature. Unlike mainland China, religion and religious practices are observed here. Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism are all part of daily life. The biggest challenge for anyone thinking of working here is getting to grips with Mandarin Chinese. This pictorial script has about 6,000 characters, which makes it hard to read, and might be shocking at first if you have never had experience of learning a non-roman script.  

Teaching Opportunities

There is a demand for EFL in Taiwan. There are of lots of teaching possibilities in the capital city of Taipei for both new and experienced teachers, but you need to have a bachelor’s degree. Those holding a 120-hour TEFL certificate or higher will have a better chance at finding higher paid work. In order to obtain a work visa, it is important that you can show you have a job with at least a minimum of 20 hours per week. 

Many positions are not advertised online, which means that you need to be in the country to secure some positions. Taiwanese employers prefer to meet you face-to-face. This will mean that you will need to come to Taiwan with some savings while you look. If you have arrived in Taiwan on a tourist visa, it is possible to convert it to a work visa. However, you will need to leave the country during this process and visit another country while you wait for the process to be completed. With the low cost of living, it will also be possible to save.

There are many opportunities here to teach children, university students and business executives, or adults in both public and private institutions, also commonly known as buxibans. The best time to apply for work is either in summer, or in February after the Chinese New Year. It is also important to be aware that there is a high possibility of a drop in demand around Christmas time. Learners are highly motivated, open to learning and fun.  

Teaching Requirements

Degree Requirement Typical Contract Length Peak Hiring Seasons Visa Info Typical Students Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
BA/BS required12 months All year round Work visa in advance Business professionals, children 30,900 - 42,700 TWD (650 - 900 GBP) 42,780 - 64,200 TWD (900 - 1,350 GBP)
BA/BS required
All year round
Work visa in advance
Business professionals, children
42,780 - 64,200 TWD (900 - 1,350 GBP)

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