Taiwan Teaching Jobs

Want to know the best way to find English teaching jobs in Taiwan?  “Like” this page and gain access to my video that shows you how to easily find teaching jobs in Taiwan from the comfort of your own home.
Update 2012/3/12
I have recently updated this video and now show you three places to find jobs to teach English in Taiwan. The video runs for about 15 minutes and I also walk you through and talk about some of the pitfalls you may encounter when looking for a job.

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Lali March 22, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Hello,

I am 21 and looking to teach in Taiwan this coming school year. I am graduating with a BA in Secondary Education and Math this spring, and I have experience teaching my own classroom, as well as co-teaching. I speak Spanish fluently but I do not have an accent in English. Also, I look white (since apparently this can be an issue in Taiwan). Although I have studied Mandarin, I am definitely not confident in my skills yet. What do you think are my chances of getting a well paying job in Taiwan? Do you have any suggestions for me as far as which schools to look into and such?

Any direction would be greatly appreciated!

Best regards,

Lali

admin March 23, 2012 at 6:34 am

@Lali,
Mandarin ability isn’t important, and it definitely won’t get you a better paying job if this is the first time you are coming here. Chinese ability “can” be useful for doing your own thing, but most schools, both private and public, won’t pay you more if you can speak Chinese. Are you a licensed teacher? You mentioned secondary education, so I am assuming that you are a certified teacher back in your home country. If this is correct, then I would recommend looking at public school jobs. You’ll need to go through a recruiting company to get these jobs, so I would just check the job boards listed above in the video and email the agencies. There’s a short of public school teachers in Taiwan at the moment, at least that’s the impression I get, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding work. If you aren’t a certified teacher, then you are limited to cram schools. Plenty in Taipei and being female is a big bonus when it comes to getting hired. Some of the schools prefer you to be in Taiwan, whereas others will hire you if you are outside of the country. I hope that helps and how you proceed depends on when you are coming to Taiwan and do you want a job before you come or will you look for one after you arrive. Best of luck with everything.

Carol April 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Hi David,

Your blog is really helpful and informative. My bf just got hired by a famous cram school company, H*SS, in Taiwan. But we found out many negative comments about this school on the Internet. (heavy workload, split shift, unpaid hours, etc.) My bf is coming to Taiwan mainly to study Chinese and apply for graduate school here, so working 30+ hrs a week would be a heavy burden. Is it silly to give up this opportunity and look for a teaching job after arriving in Taiwan? Or maybe H*SS is not that notorious and is a very good chance for my bf?

Thanks!

admin April 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

@Carol,
The chain schools aren’t THAT bad, but they do offer you less pay than other schools. How many hours will your bf get? It depends, but at the very least it is 20 – 24 hours a week, working from Monday to Saturday. If he opted to teach kindergarten, illegal, and buxiban, then he will be working mornings in addition to the afternoons and nights. Should he give up the chance to work with them and try somewhere else? Well, only he can decide but he’d have to make sure he has enough money to survive while looking for work because how quickly he finds work depends on when he comes and where he is going to live. Take everything you read on the Internet with a grain of salt and best of luck to your bf and his Taiwan adventure.

Tyler April 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Hi, I ‘liked’ your video, but I can’t find the link for it. Could you email the link to your video on finding a job in Taiwan?

Thanks,

Tyler

Justin April 18, 2012 at 10:14 am

“An AA plus a TEFL or TESOL certificate is enough to teach legally in cram schools in Taiwan.”
Sorry for being thick, but can you tell me what an AA is. I do not have a Degree, am looking at doing the CELTA or Trinity Tesol in the next few months but need to know what realistic options I have of studying further so I can legally work in Taiwan. A full Degree is not an option because of both time and money. Does it make a difference if you are living in Taiwan and married to a Taiwanese?

admin April 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

@Justin,
An AA degree is an Associate in Arts and is a two year degree. If your wife is Taiwanese, then you will find it much easier to get work and “most” places probably won’t ask for any documentation like a degree to teach provided you have a JFRV. However, some schools will still require a copy of your degree, but I am not sure if you legally need one to teach because the work rights of someone who is married to a Taiwanese and here on a JFRV are different to those who are here on an ARC. If this is the case, then you probably won’t even need a CELTA or other TESOL certificate. Schools generally don’t know the difference between any kind of TESOL certificate, so unless you absolutely must get a CELTA, I would recommend you go for the cheapest. However, the CELTA will be much more help when it comes to actually learning how to teach, so if you have never taught before you may find that the extra cost of the CELTA is worth it because you are provided with a lot more training that is actually useful in the classroom. Either way, you will find it much easier to find work if you are married to a Taiwanese, but you’ll still be paid the same rates, so don’t expect any preferential treatment. Best of luck!

David April 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Hello David,

I have read in several places to “check the message boards at the local language training center”.

Where in Tapei do I find these message boards for job openings?

Thanks,
David

admin April 21, 2012 at 12:52 am

@David,
Are they talking about Chinese language training centers or something else? Feel free to provide some links to these posts you are talking about as it may help clarify things.

Matthew April 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I liked your page but I still don’t see the video anywhere

Andrew April 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I have a US 4 year college B.S., CELTA and US NJ Substitute Certificate (2012-2017) and am planning to go to taiwan in mid May to look for a FT English Teaching Job. However since I plan to stay for more than a year and also would be open to jobs in Hong Kong, China and Korea, I would like to first purchase a one way ticket from USA to Hong Kong, and then buy a round trip ticket from HK – Taibei.
When I find a BuXiBan school to sponsor me for a Work Visa, will a roundtrip ticket back to HK rather back to my nation of origin (USA) hinder my Work Visa Application?

admin April 30, 2012 at 2:48 am

@Andrew,
Most schools will not sponsor you before you come to Taiwan. The ones that do are the big chain schools, which typically offer the lowest pay. Provided your ticket has you coming into Taiwan on a specific date and then exiting Taiwan, you shouldn’t have a problem. Some countries will also allow you to come on one way ticket that does not have you exiting Taiwan. If you are concerned, I recommend you contact your local TECO where you live. Best of luck!

Stephen May 9, 2012 at 2:21 am

Hi David,
Thanks for your response regarding my daughter coming to Taiwan. Being a dinosaur I dont have a facebook or google account, however my wife and daughter have both used the ‘like’ button on your page and neither have been able to access your video, just wondering if we are doing something wrong or not seeing the link that should be there. Was also wondering if the old Formosa Hostel off Chung Shan Bai Lu is still there? Did a web search and only came up with a different place with a difference address. Anyway, thanks again for your excellent info. Any further advice you could offer would be much appreciated. Take care.

Atephen

Stephen May 9, 2012 at 4:08 am

Hi David,
On posting the last comment the link became available thank you. Angela has applied for a position as a summer camp counselor in late June/early August located in Taichung. (I taught for some months there in the 80′s). Do you have any tips/advice regarding these positions? The pay seems excellent but I am sure there is a full schedule and the work is constant. Have you spoken with anyone who has filled this position and did you get any feedback as to conditions/ work expectations? Again thanks for your advice, look forward to your response.

Stephen

admin May 9, 2012 at 8:41 am

@Stephen,
Glad the video ended up working for you. Others have had a similar problem, but it may just be that they need to refresh the page and see if it is visible. Anyway, I have never worked in a summer camp but I believe they do work you to the bone for the money you get paid. It’s primarily due to you having to be there all day, which is unlike a typical cram school where you usually only teach in the evening. The biggest complaint I’ve heard from people is most summer camps are just unorganized and kind of fobbed along as they go. There doesn’t seem to be anything “bad” about them, and since they are short-term only it means you can work all day for a few weeks knowing that it won’t last forever. I’m sure your daughter will have a blast. Regarding the hostel, I apologize but I’ve never had to nor looked into staying at a hostel, so I can’t answer that question. Best of luck to your daughter and her adventure.

Benson sun May 22, 2012 at 2:50 am

Hey David,

I liked your link, now how do I find your video? Also, I just got out of an interview from ACI. They told me that they would charge 20% off my annual paycheck. Thoughts? Suggestions? Advice? Thank Dave!

admin May 22, 2012 at 4:58 am

@Benson,
Try clearing your cache and refreshing the page. Some people have the same problem as you, but I believe if you clear your browser cache or press F5 to refresh the site it should work. If it doesn’t, just let me know.

No surprise on ACI charging you an outrageous fee like that. This why I honestly believe people should NOT use recruiters of any kind, if possible. What should you do? Depends on the kind of job you are looking for. If it is in a public school, then it can be hard to find work without going via a recruiter, because they control most of the public school jobs. Try contacting the MOE directly and asking which schools hire directly without using a recruiter. If you want to work in a cram school, then just hit the pavement. Call and email as many schools as you can find. I know it isn’t getting easy and the way things are going it will only become more difficult. So if you find a job you like, keep it! I know people who left jobs to find something better, but they quickly realized how few jobs there were out there, at least ones that offer enough hours to make it worth your time.

Best of luck and if I can help you with anything just let me know.

Harmon June 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

Hi, I am 65 yo, have a recent Master’s Degree in International Studies and a BA in English Lit, and want to find an ESL job in Taiwan, how would you suggest I proceed before or after I arrive in Taiwan given my possible disadvantage, Thanks

admin June 3, 2012 at 12:55 pm

@Harmon,
I wouldn’t bother. Sorry for being so blunt, but here’s the reality of your situation. You are too old to teach in a cram school. Cram schools want young teachers, around 30 or so, and I can almost guarantee they wouldn’t hire you. The other place you could work is in an adult cram school, but they are very few and far between. They probably won’t care about your age, but you won’t be able to get many hours working in one of those places, maybe 2 – 10 hours or so in the first few months. Universities most likely will not be interested in hiring you either, mainly because they are now primarily hiring people who have MAs or PhDs that are in education or TEFL. You might be able to get a job working in a university, but it will be part-time and you’ll probably have about 2 – 4 hours a week on average. If you absolutely must come to Taiwan, then just be prepared for all of the above. Your work will be extremely limited and you’d have to stay for some time before you can build up a network and reputation that “may” lead to more hours and pay. I honestly wouldn’t bother coming to Taiwan if I were you, not unless there were other motives (like learning Chinese or just moving here and living off my retirement money from back home). Best of luck with whatever you decide on. Take care.

Don R July 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Don’t have facebook. Feeling disenfranchised :(

admin July 30, 2012 at 6:30 am

@Don R,
The email you provided bounced back. I tried to email you the link, but since your email is not working the email did not get through.

Christian August 12, 2012 at 2:17 am

I just noticed your comment to the 65 year old man… I am 44, with lots of grey hair but quite fit and young looking. Will I face similar hardship?

admin August 12, 2012 at 5:29 am

@Christian,
It depends on many factors, but a general rule of thumb for anyone looking to teach English in cram schools in Taiwan is that schools do not want old teachers. Now, what is considered old? It depends on the school, obviously how you look and many other factors. The problem is that since most schools don’t care if you have any experience, this isn’t always the case but generally they are happy to hire teachers without experience, then schools have to decide between 20-something applicants fresh out of university or 40-something applicants. I think it is fair to say that most would opt for the 20-year-old teachers over anyone else, because parents will then see a young and energetic teacher “teaching” their child English. Again, it depends on a lot of factors, but this is only the case for cram schools or privately run English schools that cater to children. If you are a licensed teacher or can teach at a university, then age is essentially not a problem.

Christian August 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

thanks! Can you recommend the route to take for a certified high school teacher, with both a BA in social sciences and a B. Ed but no Masters? I haven’t managed to find the video…

admin August 13, 2012 at 2:10 am

@Christian,
Contact the Ministry of Education and inquire about which public schools hire foreign native English speakers directly. You don’t want to use a recruiter if possible, so basically you need to find out which schools do their own hiring. There’s no easy way to get this kind of information beyond calling up the MOE and just asking. Taiwan has a program where public schools recruit foreign English teachers, so that’s what you would want to be doing in Taiwan if you are a certified teacher.

Tom August 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

hi,

Good site, very informative, thanks!!

Just a question on finding a living space in Taiwan. Me and a friend are looking to come over at the start of September to find work as teachers. Do you have any reccomendations on where to live/how to find accomodation/what to avoid. We’re flying into Taipei.

Cheers,

Tom

admin August 15, 2012 at 10:58 am

@Tom,
I sure do. Just visit this page here and I have a video that shows you a place to search and what to expect when house hunting. Let me know if you have any problems/questions. I appreciate the comment! Thanks a lot.

Charlie March 5, 2013 at 2:30 am

My wife and I want to learn mandarin and exlpore Taiwan, at the same time work as a cram school teachers. We have two children under 10yrs of age. We have Degrees and US citizens. I guess my question is do Schools give visas to potential teacher and his family? Do you have any advice?

Thanks

admin March 5, 2013 at 2:55 am

@Charlie,
Your children and wife will be able to stay here provided you have a visa. You will need to get that first, then your family members will come on a visa that is basically dependent on you having a job/visa etc. The local TECO in the country you live in will be able to provide more information. However, provided you secure a job first, then your wife and children will have no problem coming and staying here. Best of luck and take care.

Jeff Geers September 11, 2013 at 7:40 am

Hi Dave,

My wife is Taiwanese, and she is feeling homesick and wants to visit her home country. I am working part time, and she is working for an American company full time that allows her to work anywhere. If I am 49, will I have any good options to teach English to contribute to the household expenses and keep me occupied? How much does my age matter if I have a Bachelor degree only, and no teaching experience in finding a job?

Thanks for the great site,

Jeff

admin September 12, 2013 at 12:51 am

@Jeff,
Your age won’t be a major issue if you don’t mind just working part-time hours. Don’t worry about having no experience either. Your wife is Taiwanese, so you won’t have any work permit problems also. It will probably just mean that you do around 10 – 14 hours a week and/or if you want to do more you will need to find some one on one private students. I hope that helps. If not just let me know. Thanks.

Wade October 11, 2013 at 1:03 am

Hi David,

I am a 23 year old Australian man who will be completing a BA at Monash University in December. I am flying into Taipei in January and am wanting to teach English and study Mandarin. I have contacted H*SS and they provided me with instructions on how to apply to their school. Although after reading a few mixed reviews about this particular company, I am somewhat apprehensive about singing onto a 12 month contract. Given that I do not have a TESOL/TEFL certificate or experience teaching. What would your advice be for me to gain employment with a company that will be willing to take me on as well as provide me with the experience to perhaps teach English further abroad?

Kind regards,

Wade

admin October 12, 2013 at 10:33 pm

@Wade,
The cram school you want to work for is OK. I say this with a grain of salt because every branch has its own branch manager, so your experience will vary on the branch you go to and your own attitude. Just be aware that there is a lot of homework to grade and tests to mark outside of classroom hours and you won’t be paid for that. You will have to work Saturdays and attend training sessions every few months. This is good for someone who is worried about teaching and needs some help getting started.

How long do you plan on staying in Taiwan? How serious are you about learning Chinese? If you are just going short term then I wouldn’t worry about looking for another place to work. The school will give you more than enough hours and will support you if you have problems finding a house or just general daily life help. However, if you wanted to stay a long time and were VERY serious about learning Chinese, then I would look at finding other avenues of work that take up less time and pay at least the same or more. Provided you go with a positive and flexible attitude then you should be fine. If you have any other questions just let me know. Best of luck.

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