While living in Taiwan, many individuals decide to teach in order to produce an income. This is because international languages such as English and French have a high demand here. This results in teaching often garnering a reasonable income. Teaching can also enable you to explore Taiwan. As it is often a job with flexible working hours, many see it as a great opportunity to travel. Best of all its not too difficult to find a job and most westerners can qualify for this role. If you are curious about coming over to Taiwan to teach and travel this incredible country, here is what you could be in for.
Teaching in Taiwan
There is a plethora of teaching jobs in Taiwan, with a demand for wide variety of languages. However the most popular one is English. Easiest way of finding a job as an English teacher in Taiwan is either through a recruiter or a networking platform. Reach to Teach Recruiting is a popular recruiter with good reviews. They often receive praise for fair distribution of work and reasonable pay. On the other hand, Tealit is a popular place to look and network for teaching jobs. Offer for new teaching or tutoring position can appear up to 3-4 times a day on here.
In order to appear employable as a teacher in Taiwan, there are several aspects of yourself that you can highlight. A college degree seen as a positive asset by employers, even if it has nothing to do with teaching. So make certain to feature this in your application. Being a native English speaker is another aspect that’s desired and while it’s not compulsory having a TEFL is also desirable (these are quite easy to acquire). However, the most important is a clean criminal record and certificate stating this. It will be extremely difficult to find a position unless you have this! All in all, finding a teaching job in Taiwan is reasonably easy and most westerners can easily qualify.
Alien Resident Certificate shortened to ARC in Taiwan, allows you to stay in Taiwan for up to three years. This will be a must alongside working permits if you decide to teach at a school or a bushiban. You will need to complete this application within 15 days of you landing. It will require proof of employment from your employers for the duration of your stay. If you plan to renew your ARC, you will have to do it at least 30 days prior to the expiration date. The cost associated with this is $1000 NTD per annum and you can elect to apply for up to 3 years amounting to a total cost of $3000 NTD. More information on the ARC and required documents for the application process can be found on Taiwan Immigration Site.
Living in Taiwan as a Teacher
Being a teacher here means being well respected, well paid and having flexible working hours. Unlike a traditional 9-5 job you can also get here, teaching jobs will have much shorter hours. Sometimes you might even have some weekdays off, this really depends on the type of job you want to get. However, this will not result in you getting bored becasue you have nothing to do. That would be quite impossible! As there is quite literally an endless list of activities to do in Taiwan and it is sure to keep you entertained. However, because you will be typically working less hours, you won’t be earning as much as a 9-5. Despite you earning a comparatively higher pay per hour. Regardless, a teacher’s salary in Taiwan is more than enough to sustain your living here, thanks to the low cost of living.
Your biggest expense here would be accommodation, prices here will be comparable to the prices in Berlin. An estimate for renting a room in Taipei is around $15000 NTD per month. And if you value your privacy, the cost of renting a studio in Taipei is around $18000 NTD per month. However, you can expect the daily spending expense to be much lower. One such example is food. Due to heavy presence of night markets, street food serving authentic Taiwanese cuisine is widely available and extremely cheap! So much so that most people choose to eat out, instead of preparing their own meals.
Hopefully by now you have an idea for what you can expect while teaching in Taiwan. In a nut shell, it’s an excuse to explore this magnificent country while earning an income. The main reason this is possible is because of how easy it is to find a teaching job and the respectable pay you can earn. If you are eager to partake in an opportunity as such ensure you can qualify for the ARC in Taiwan and have the qualification to be able to teach here. To browse accommodations in Taipei, a good option is My Room Abroad, it can help you search properties by considering you preferences and suggest the price online. If you found this article helpful and wish to read more, you can find them on My Room Abroad Blogs.