Living in Taiwan

  • Dinning in Taiwan?

    Taiwan is famous for its street food culture and offers a wide range of delicious and affordable options for foodies. From traditional Taiwanese snacks like stinky tofu and pearl milk tea, to international cuisines like Japanese ramen and Korean BBQ, there's something for everyone. During your time off, we highly recommend trying out some of the famous street food markets, such as Shilin Night Market in Taipei or Liuhe Tourist Night Market in Kaohsiung.

  • Would language barriers be a problem?

    Taiwan offers various language courses and resources to help new English teachers learn Mandarin, which is the most widely spoken language in the country. Additionally, English is widely spoken in many tourist areas and in the expat community, so English teachers should not have trouble communicating with others.

  • Learning Chinese?

    There are many language schools in Taiwan that cater to people looking to learn Chinese. You can choose from group or private classes, part-time or full-time programs, and classes with a focus on different aspects of the language, such as speaking, writing, or reading. Learning Chinese in Taiwan can be relatively affordable, especially compared to other countries in the region. Prices vary depending on the type of program and school you choose, but you can expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars for a comprehensive course. Taiwan has a rich and unique culture that is heavily influenced by traditional Chinese culture. This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the language and culture, and to make new friends with locals.

  • Is it expensive to live in Taiwan?

    English teachers can expect to earn a good salary and benefits package, other than accommodation in the bigger cities, living expenses are highly affordable with a full-time salary. The monthly living expenses in Taiwan vary depending on the lifestyle of the individual. On average, the cost of living in Taiwan is relatively low compared to developed countries, with a monthly budget of around ,000 to ,500 being sufficient for a comfortable lifestyle. This includes rent, food, transportation, and entertainment. However, expenses can increase significantly for those who want to live a more luxurious lifestyle.

  • What's the climate like in Taiwan?

    The climate in Taiwan can be hot and humid, which may not be suitable for everyone. Buildings are not built with central heating, so do remember to bring some winter clothing for the winter.

  • Would culture shock be an issue?

    As with traveling anywhere, it is important to keep an open mind and hold no expectations of how things should or should not be. Homesickness is a common concern for anyone moving to a new country, but Taiwan is a welcoming and friendly place, and English teachers can quickly make new friends and feel at home. There are also many expat groups and organizations that can provide support and a sense of community.

  • Whats the Transportation like in Taiwan?

    Taiwan has a well-developed transportation system, making it easy to get around the country. There are various modes of transportation available including buses, trains, and taxis. The high-speed rail system connects major cities, and the metro system in Taipei is convenient and efficient. Bicycling is also popular in many cities, and bike lanes and bike-sharing systems make it a convenient option for exploring the city. Overall, the transportation system in Taiwan is reliable and affordable, providing convenient access to all parts of the country.

Teaching in Taiwan

  • How's the English Education in Taiwan?

    English education in Taiwan is widely emphasized, with a strong emphasis on language proficiency for students. There is a high demand for qualified English teachers, and students are eager to learn. On average, students in Taiwan are well-behaved, motivated, and diligent. Schools provide ample resources and support for teachers, and the cultural experience of teaching in Taiwan can be very rewarding.

  • What's the education system like in Taiwan?

    The education system in Taiwan is structured with 6 years of elementary school, followed by 3 years of junior high school and 3 years of senior high school. After high school, students can attend university or vocational school. The curriculum emphasizes rote learning and academic achievement, with a strong emphasis on science and mathematics. English language education is emphasized starting from elementary school and continues throughout a student's education, with English as a mandatory subject starting in junior high school.

  • What's the workload like?

    Expect anywhere between 14 to 25 hours of teaching a week. Teachers that are paid a salary can expect to stay in the school from 9 to 5 Monday to Friday even when they do not have classes. There are 17 national holidays a year. Additional vacation days will depend on the schools the teachers work in.

  • What are the teaching contracts like?

    Teaching contracts in Taiwan typically range from one to two years, with the option for renewal. They usually include the hours and days of work, salary, and other benefits such as housing and airfare reimbursement. The contracts often specify the teacher's responsibilities and duties, including lesson planning and participation in school events. It is common for schools to also include provisions for overtime pay, performance bonuses, and other incentives. Before signing a contract, it is important for teachers to thoroughly review and understand all of the terms and conditions.

  • Are English teachers in high demand?

    English teachers in Taiwan can expect a stable and secure job, as the demand for English teachers is high and the government provides support for foreign English teachers. Schools and universities in Taiwan have a strong reputation for providing quality education, and English teachers are valued for their contributions.

Culture in Taiwan