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Helpful Resources for English Teachers in Changhua, Taiwan
Written by: Sandra Wagner
Last Updated: April 22, 2021
Whether it's finding an English-speaking doctor, opening a bank account, or simply finding a supermarket where you can find the odd comfort food from home (peanut butter!), ITA alumna Sandra Wagner has actionable, on-the-ground-tips to help you feel at home in your new home city.
*Please note, all information was accurate at time of publishing in August of 2017.
|Visa Type||Work Visa|
|North American Comfort Food Locations||
Here's a few that I've found:
PX MART (Grocery Store)
7-11 (Convenient Store)
Family Mart: Very similar to 7-11
UBIKE (Bike Rental)
Sign up via the app first and link a credit card. First 30 minutes are free
MRT - Train
Get an EASYCARD from any 7-11 or Family Mart and add money to it. It gets you on and off the trains. You can stand or sit on the floor. For a reserved seat, you can buy at the station or online and pick up with your passport or ARC card. The school will take your passport to process your VISA so make sure you have a copy of it. You can buy your tickets here.
They run around 8-10,000 NTD ($260+ USD). You can buy them from teachers that are leaving Taiwan at your school or online. Check the Taichung Swap Shop Facebook group page. It's the city closest to Changhua that has more of an expat community.
|Hospitals & Doctors (English Speaking)||
I recommend Christian Hospital. They are all over, and yes, that is the name.
|Beauty Supply Stores, Hairdressers & Barbers||
|Bank Account Location||
Taiwan Cooperative Bank - No. 43 Xiayang Road, Changhua City
Some options I enjoy:
1. Pizza Rock: American style pizza and American movies playing on the TV. American music playing too.
2. McDonalds: Just like in the US.
3. Subway: Just like in the US.
4. Uptowner: Nearby city Taichung
5. Smokey Joe's: Nearby city Taichung - Tex-Mex/American-style burgers, fries, and wings!
Some places of interest I enjoy are:
Topcity Mall (Taichung): Has a cool, American-style ice cream shop called Emack & Bolio's with waffle cones covered in rice crispies and marshmallow, fruit loops, and other fun stuff.
Taroko Mall (Taichung): No taking stairs, you can ride down a slide to the first floor!
Hello Kitty Bowling: In Taroko Mall.
SHOWTIME Cinema (Taichung): Reserved seating and the option to add a churro.
Stable Fly: Open Fri-Sun, 12pm - 12am. Craft beer, stationary corner with free use of markers, pens, chargers for your phone, leather couches to lounge on, and a cool, artist smoke-free vibe (smoke-free vibes are rare).
Aiya Bungu: Open Tues - Sun 12pm - 8pm. The coolest hipster stationary store/coffee shop ever! It seriously feels like something that should be in a hip part of Brooklyn, NY.
3rd Floor Studio: Think a local version of West Elm with a Japanese Flair. It's above Aiya Bungu with the same hours.
|Permanent Housing Resources||
My school director helped me. Although I know some other teachers that have used these sites:
|Expat Community Resources||
Just hit search and see what's happening around you. Taichung and Taipei are my favorite places to see what's happening this weekend, etc.
Some helpful information to know:
International Drivers License
Sandra is a wanna be former child star who recently quit her job of sixteen years and sold all of her worldly possessions (OK maybe not all of them) to travel the world (aka) take amazing photos to post on Instagram. Sandra's advice for her past-self? "I would have studied abroad in college, and then left to teach abroad as soon as I finished. I could have been to so many countries by now if I had not lived in fear of the unknown!'
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