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How to Begin Teaching in Taiwan

Taiwan is a small, beautiful island that is densely populated.

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.

For foodies out there Taiwan has some of the best night markets in Asia. There are 67 night markets operating in urban and suburban areas. The largest night market in Taipei is the Shilin night market. Every night of the week you can find hundreds of different food stalls offering a variety of food. There are a lot of interesting foods to try such as stinky tofu and braised pork feet. Less adventurous eaters can nibble on mini pancakes and fries.

Taiwan has found a great way to get people to recycle and reduce rubbish. Taiwanese garbage trucks play Beethoven on loud speakers alerting residents to “hand deliver” their waste to the collectors or toss it in the truck. The scheme makes everyone responsible for their personal consumption and keeps the floor clean as the rubbish doesn’t touch the ground.

 

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 10 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.

We also have a Taiwan Internship that is open to anyone who has enrolled on our TEFL courses and meets the requirements listed for the opportunity.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement
    BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length
    12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    Year-round
  • Visa Info
    Work visa in advance
  • Typical Students
    Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
    30,900-42,000 TWD
  • Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
    42,780-64,200 TWD

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