Teaching English in Taiwan
Taiwan isn’t China, as the locals will proudly tell you. It’s another world, and teaching English in Taiwan allows you to experience a fascinating and beautiful country. Taiwan offers plenty of contrasts and is both open and friendly to visitors to the island. The island offers a variety of experiences and scenery.
The majority of teaching jobs in Taiwan will be found in the main cities, Taipei, Kaohsiung and Taichung. Taipei is the capital and there is more work found in this busy city. Taichung is located in the middle of Taiwan and is slightly better positioned for those who wish to explore the island. Kaohsiung is situated on the coast and is great city to live and teach English, with significantly lower living costs than you will face in either Taipei or Kaohsiung.
There are always teaching vacancies for ESL teachers of all types and levels in the main cities, from Kindergarden teachers to teachers specialising in Business English and working in-company. Teaching jobs are available Taiwan throughout the year in state and private schools, language schools and universities. There is no shortage of opportunity.
The Taiwanese people are gracious, respectful, family-oriented, and hard-working. Taiwanese culture values humility and patience, and people are very careful to guard the honor of their friends and family. In general, Taiwanese people don’t like confrontation and prefer to deal with problems in a calm manner, so as to avoid ‘losing face’.
People in Taiwan take pride in their hospitality, and love to welcome strangers to their city and their culture. You’ll be made to feel welcome in any case, but if you can also speak a little Chinese you’ll be treated with added respect.
Qualifications and Teacher Salaries
If you want to teach English in Taiwan you’ll need the proper documentation and a work visa. A first degree and approved TEFL certification is required by the vast majority of employers. In exchange, teaching English in Taiwan comes with generous salaries, with employers typically offering between NT$40,000 – NT$75,000 per month.
Although there are apparently plenty of teacher working without papers in Taiwan, you’ll need a visa if you plan on teaching English in Taiwan legally. You can apply for a visa in your own country, and although you’ll need to pay for it the costs are not very high. At current rates a 60-day single-entry visa costs about $50 and a multiple-entry visa about $100 but these prices may vary from country to country. The best idea is to apply for a single-entry visa and then apply for a multiple-entry visa once you’re on the island and apply for the necessary resident visa. Please remember to do this otherwise the first time you leave Taiwan your visa will ‘expire’, and you’ll need to apply for another!
For information on taxation rules in Taiwan you can visit the Taipei National Tax Administration’s website for advice at www.ntat.gov.tw