Interested in Teaching in Taiwan SOON???

Hi all, this is a shameless plug for my school.  ETA:  We have our new teacher, but there should be options to teach in the fall.

One of my colleagues is heading off to the foreign service and we need someone to take over her classes for the next three months. If you’re interested in teaching, my school is a fantastic place to be, since it has small classes (no more than seven students a class), and works with an American curriculum. My director is a very supportive person to work with, and the kids are a lot of fun. Your classes would probably be 2nd to 4th grade level English.

A North American accent is preferred. ABCs and CBCs are welcome.

We’re conveniently located a five-minute walk from the subway station, a yummy bubble tea place, markets, a park, the 7/11, dumplings, and a fruit stand (seriously, the necessities of life in Taiwan!) It’s around a 15-minute ride on the subway to Taipei Main Station from here, and not too far away from Tai Da and Shi Da either, if you’re interested in taking Chinese classes.

If you’re interested for a longer stint of time, my director will definitely be hiring for the fall as well.

Send an e-mail to euchi <at> hotmail.com if you’re interested!


15 Responses to “Interested in Teaching in Taiwan SOON???”

  1. 1 Z
    March 29, 2008 at 6:38 am

    For the fall positions, what are your school’s requirements?

  2. March 29, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Around the same as above– you should probably just drop an e-mail to Euchi. A teaching background would work in your favor, and you should probably have finished your bachelor’s degree.

  3. 3 Z
    March 31, 2008 at 2:34 am

    I found your school’s job posting for those Fall positions. Yeah… I’m far to unqualified for those positions.

    Here’s a link to that posting for anyone else that is interested.

  4. March 31, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Teaching jobs in Taiwan come in many different forms and you could probably find a school that matches your qualifications. I will say that teaching isn’t for the faint of heart and is often a more challenging job than people give teachers credit for. Taiwan could be a good place to get started and try out teaching though, since the market for English teachers is pretty huge. Do be careful, since I have heard there can be some dodgy schools.

    A friend of mine got a job he’s quite happy with in Hsinchu where he was offered not only the chance to teach but to also get involved in management later on. I think he had a TESL and a bachelor’s degree in something computer-ish.

    Good luck with your search!

  5. April 1, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    I’ve always wanted to teach in Taiwan, but I’ve contacted a lot of schools who want me to sign on for a year, which I’m not able to do because I’m still in university. Do you know if your school takes on teachers for only the university summer months (May – August)?

  6. 6 Z
    April 2, 2008 at 3:17 am

    You’d be looking at doing illegal work if you don’t have your 4 year degree yet. Which could very well put you in a bad situation either with the authorities or with a bad employer.

  7. April 2, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Oh I forgot to ask in my e-mail reply back.
    Is it still illegal if you’re a Taiwanese citizen? I was born there, and all I have to do when I get back is to update my ID.

  8. April 8, 2008 at 3:29 am

    It doesn’t make sense to me that it would be illegal if you’re a Taiwanese citizen to get a job in Taiwan– the legality comes in with work permits and work visas I think, which you shouldn’t need.

    Make sure you have a sunfenzhen card– from what I hear, just having a Taiwanese passport is insufficient. However, since you were born there, I think you should be okay.

    Of course, I am NOT a lawyer or expert, so definitely check with whatever school you apply to and they should be able to tell you or find out for you.

  9. 9 SAm
    April 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Hi – am just starting to apply for teaching jobs in taiwan… I am a qualified teacher (BEd)and been teaching for 6 years…
    Where do i start looking?? any advice?

    • April 21, 2009 at 3:49 am

      Hi SAm–

      My director Euchi (e-mail above) is looking for teachers for this coming fall, so you could certainly drop him an e-mail. At the moment, I’m not sure what grades he needs teachers for, but it’s worth looking into.

      I found my job through Dave’s ESL Cafe… With your qualifications, it sounds like you could also find a job through one of the international schools in Taiwan. Taipei American School is the most famous one, but there are others. There are also programs that bring foreign teachers into Taiwanese public schools that you could also be qualified for– it might take some digging. Michael Turton has a good site on things to look out for in the ESL market in Taiwan. Tealit also has classifieds.

      Make sure you do your best to talk to teachers who have taught at the schools you apply to. Do your homework to make sure you know all you can about the expectations, curriculum, and the school you’ll be working for…

      Good luck!

  10. 11 SAm
    April 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    thanks so much for your reply!!! i have heard of the American school and am keen to try for a job there next academic year 2010/2011… i think going this fall might be a bit of a stress as my husband and little boy will be coming along!!
    when do most schools start looking for teachers? which schools would you rate as the best to work for in Taipei?

    • April 21, 2009 at 2:27 pm

      You’re welcome SAm! I think the American school starts advertising for teachers around December. My bushiban is looking for new teachers now. I’m not sure when the program that brings foreign teachers into classrooms in Taiwan starts looking.

      As far as pay scales and benefits go (especially if you’re an overseas hire), the international schools are probably the highest in that area. I have never worked at one of them, but from visiting Taipei American– it’s a private school that caters to a wealthy demographic.

      While there was no comparison as far as pay and benefits go at the school I worked at, the class load was not as heavy as what you’d probably find at Taipei American and the classes were smaller. Like anywhere, every school tends to have its own character, so what works best for you depends on what you’re looking for. A bushiban tends to be a private afterschool program, so you’ll find yourself working afternoon through evening; sometimes the kids will be fairly tired from their day at public school; and the schools are businesses trying to make a profit.

      A friend of mine who taught English in Taiwan for many years before I met her in the US felt the international school system was best for her in terms of the curriculum she got to teach, the pay and benefits for her to support her children and husband, and the opportunities she had with her students. I felt that the bushiban was a better fit for me because I had smaller classes, more free time, and an environment that wasn’t too stressful. It’s probably best to apply to a few and interview with them, ask about their expectations, programs, and talk with the teachers already there to figure out what would be a good fit for you.

      Good luck!

  11. 13 Sam
    April 21, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    to be honest i am looking at the finance side – I am very proudly SOuth African and our plans are to come over to Taiwan for max of 4 / 5 years and save as much cash as we can so that we can buy a house here and send out son to a good school here… we obviously also would like to try and do some travel around that side of the world!!!
    so it seems from a financial side international school is the way forward?
    do you know what other good internatial schools there are in Taipei? Due to my family coming over too, i would prefer to teach normal hours and spend afternoon/evenings with the family – which is what i am doing here at the momment…

    look forward to starting the hunt for a job – will stay in touch!!
    thanks for being so helpful…

    • April 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm

      I think an international school would make sense from the financial and scheduling side of things, yes. (For the record, a lot of bushibans offer day-kindergartens, so one doesn’t necessarily need to follow an evening schedule). I remember seeing a list of international schools on one of the government websites (they tend to be a bit less-than-intuitively organized)– Google’s your friend there!

  12. March 22, 2010 at 11:33 am

    i think foreigners teaching in taiwan have become a very happening thing XD

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