Teaching English in Taiwan
By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at Happy Cats TEFL
Taiwan is an island nation located off the south-east coast of China. It is very mountainous and has a sub-tropical climate. It is popular with Tefl teachers for its high salaries and relatively low cost of living. If you have a degree then you will be eligible to teach in the kindergartens and cram schools. Pay is usually by the hour, and it works out between US$15-20. Teachers usually work a 30 hour week, so you can expect to make about US$2000 over the course of a month. There is also university work for those with an MA, or work in international schools for those with a teaching degree.
A huge bonus about teaching English in Taiwan is that the cost of living is so low, especially compared to your salary. In the capital Taipei (pictured) for example you can rent an apartment for $150 a month, and eat out for under $3! Teachers usually find they are able to save $1,000 a month a few months after they have settled in.
Taiwan packs a lot into its relatively small size (similar in area to Switzerland in Europe). As well as having some great hiking with numerous peaks over 3,000m there are also some very good beaches, particularly in the south. There are a lot of national parks and the natural environment is simply stunning. Not only that, but Taiwan has a rich cultural heritage and a great cuisine.
Taiwan also offers teachers the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese the worlds most spoken language. It is interesting to note that while China considers Taiwan merely as a province (rather like Hong Kong used to be) that needs to by brought back into the fold, most Taiwanese citizens view Taiwan as an independent country.
Nearly all schools require a minimum 1 year commitment from teachers who want to teach English in Taiwan. The curriculum is usually highly regimented too with little room for TEFL teachers to “freestyle” their classes. As with anywhere its important to do your research before signing any contracts.
Visit our job board here for positions teaching English in Taiwan.
Teachers, don’t forget to add your comments and advice, especially if you have experience teaching English in Taiwan.
All the best for now!
The Happy Cats team.
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