Jobs in Taiwan for Foreigners
Who goes to Taiwan to teach English?
Well, you! (Perhaps.) English teachers in Taiwan come from a variety of backgrounds, and are in the country for a variety of reasons.
If you'd like to find jobs in Taiwan for foreigners, you can go to this page where you'll find a directory of more than 500 English schools in Taiwan + tons of invaluable tips about teaching ESL on Formosa.
Let's see some of the reasons why foreigners come to Taiwan to teach English as a second language:
1. Practicing teaching skills
Often, English-speakers who have taught in the English-speaking world, or hope to, use the experience of teaching in Taiwan to give themselves some extra teaching experience. Seeing how students from different cultural and educational backgrounds learn is beneficial to any teacher or instructor for students at all levels.
2. Something different
Taiwanese expatriates often ask each other how or why they ended up teaching English in Taiwan, and one common response is simply "I wanted something different," or "I was sick of things back home". Taiwan is very different from western countries, and exceeds the expectations of anyone that is looking for a unique experience. This also applies to those who had well-paying jobs in their home countries but felt like the western 9 to 5 daily grind was not for them, and escaped halfway across the globe just in time.
3. A means to an end
Many English teachers in Taiwan are, well, not exactly or exclusively English teachers. They use teaching, and the relative free time it gives them, as a means to an end. You will meet a lot of teachers who are in Taiwan studying Chinese. Perhaps they are cyclists and want to take advantage of Taiwan's famous cycling culture and beautiful, rolling mountains. Maybe they are climbers, exploring the rocky shoreline that is characteristic of coastal Taiwan's geography. Launching a writing career, starting a restaurant, forming a band, these are all things that have come out of the experience of teaching English. Because of the relatively good pay and easy schedule of teachers, the doors to other opportunities can be opened as well.
4. Tough times at home
Nobody can ignore the effect that the global recession has had on job hunting. Looking for any kind of work in Canada, the United States, Australia, England or elsewhere is considerably more difficult than it used to be. On the other hand, finding TESOL / TEFL jobs in Taiwan is actually pretty easy. Americans are amazed at the fact that the government includes English teachers in its universal health care system, as they are used to getting charged US$1000 per hospital visit.
These are just a few of the more common reasons that you come across in Taiwan. When it comes down to it though, everybody comes for a more or less personal reason, and no two expatriates are built the same.
If you decide to come to Taiwan to teach English, you'll never regret it! From North to South, East to West, the island will surprise and amaze you with its cultural, historical, and natural sights. Taiwan is truly the best place in the world to teach English as a second language. Jobs in Taiwan for foreigners are easy to score and the money is great!
Need more info about Teaching English in Taiwan?
If you'd like to learn more about teaching ESL and living in Taiwan, you should definitely have a look at the eBook I've written on the subject. It's called Teach English in Taiwan: The Official Survival Guide!
This guide answers all the questions you might have about teaching on Formosa - it's a step-by-step blueprint that shows everything you need to know to have a successful teaching experience in Taiwan.
The ebook also has a very big directory that lists more than 500 English schools all around the island in cities like Taichung, Kaohsiung, Tainan, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Hualien, Taidong, Keelung, and of course, Taipei. This is your ultimate resource to find jobs in Taiwan for foreigners. Check Teach English in Taiwan now!
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