Taipei, Advice for English Teachers
By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at Happy Cats TEFL
Taipei was famous for having the worlds tallest building from 2004- January 2010, the Taipei 101 (it’s since been overtaken by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai). The lower floors are dedicated over to a giant shopping mall. However there is much more to Taipei than the 101. The National Palace museum is arguably one of the best Chinese museums in the world, showcasing over 700,000 historic relics and paintings. Most of the exhibits were brought over from mainland China when Chiang Kai-shek’s government were forced to flee the country in 1949. There are some great night markets, such as the Shilin night market. It’s cheap and tasty food stalls are a fantastic place to try authentic Chinese cuisine. For nature lovers Yangmingshan National Park on the outskirts of the city is a haven for butterflies and birds. There are plenty of opportunities for walking and hiking and you can even find hot springs in the park.
TEFL jobs in Taipei are more widespread than the rest of Taiwan. There are Universities, public and private schools, international schools, English language schools and kindergartens to choose from. Additionally there is a growing need for English translators and proofreaders in the city.
If you want more modern conveniences, greater job opportunities, better transport networks and a larger variety of cultural and nightlife activities then Taipei is the place for you above other areas in Taiwan. However the cost of living is higher and commutes are often longer than other locations in Taiwan. Also Taipei seems to get more rain than the southern and central areas of the country.
Search our job board here for TEFL jobs in Taipei.
You can find out more information about teaching English in Taiwan here.
All the best for now!
The Happy Cats Team.
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