Teaching English in Taiwan

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Taiwan Overview

The island of Taiwan has long been known as a good place to teach English. The local people are friendly, there are lots of jobs, living costs are relatively low and the pay is good. It used to be very easy to find work but in recent years there has been more competition for jobs and a crackdown on teachers without suitable qualifications and experience. In addition, a low national birth rate means that the demand for English tuition is not likely to grow much further. However, Taiwan definitely remains one of the best choices in Asia.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Buxibans (language centre/ cram schools) and kindergartens 1,300 – 2,500 (DOS) Various but often including weekend shifts 2 weeks plus national holidays
Public high schools 1,500 – 2,500 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 6-8 weeks plus national holidays
International schools and universities 2,500 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

All major cities.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp.

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Tips

1. A TEFL certificate such as CELTA is not necessary but will certainly help you find jobs with better employment conditions. A degree, however, is 100% necessary.

2. Kindergartens and language schools hire all year round but July/August and January are the most common times of the year to begin a teaching job.┬áBear in mind that in recent months the authorities have been restricting native English teachers from teaching kindergarten age groups – this is in accordance with official regulations and may cause a considerable number of teachers to lose their jobs across the island.

3. When in Taiwan, check out the jobs section of the English language press.

Red tape

The process by which you obtain an ‘Alien Residence Visa’ in Taiwan is relatively straightforward but it is advisable to try to arrange work before arriving in the country.

Cost of living

The cost of accommodation, transport and food is low in Taiwan.

Tax and salary information

Income tax is generally paid by the employer on your behalf. Usually you will be paid on a monthly basis.

Summary

Well-paid work can be found and many teachers are able save significant portions of their salaries There are not as many jobs as there used to be and new government policy may increase restrictions
Taiwan has a decent transport system and the National Health Insurance system is excellent The market for English tuition has probably reached its peak
Lots of opportunity for professional development As with many Asian countries, if you are non-white then you may face greater difficulties finding a job as a native English teacher

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2 Comments

  1. Mike Sweeney says:

    I am currently teaching in Shandong Province, China, at a top private middle school. But when my contract ends next summer.
    I would like to re-locate and maybe teach in Taiwan if there are any suitable job opportunities.
    Kind rewgards
    Mike Sweeney

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