A Teacher in Taiwan and Some Life Lessons

By Jennifer Fernandez

I moved to Sanxia, Taiwan, September 2017. I had never taught ESL before and my only previous experience was as a Teacher Assistant. Needless to say, I was nervous to start working at Carden American school. Thankfully, a fellow ITA alumna, who helped me secure the job, trained me and made my transition a little easier. My first couple weeks were filled with mistakes and I lost a lot of confidence. Those mistakes helped me become a better teacher, coworker, roommate, and an overall better person. I learned how to keep open communication with my coworkers whose first language isn’t English. I practiced my patience with classes whose progress’ was slower than others. I practiced my compassion and empathy when students would tell me about their days filled with experiences I hadn’t had.

How Much Can I Earn and Save as an English Teacher in Taiwan?

 

By Felicia Braverman

Taiwan is often an underrated market for teaching English abroad when it comes to salaries. It’s usually overshadowed by the perks that teachers receive in neighboring countries like South Korea and China, such as paid airfare and housing. Even though it’s not common to see those particular perks included in your contract in Taiwan, teachers can still expect to save the same amount per month as they would in China and South Korea, which is anywhere from $700- $1,000/month depending on your spending habits.

In this article, I’ll break down a few examples of different working and saving scenarios that my friends and I were able to accomplish in Taiwan. For the sake of keeping things simple, I’ll quote everything in the US Dollar, not the New Taiwanese Dollar.

Happy Chinese New Year! Teaching English in Asia During Holidays

恭喜发财 - “Congratulations and Be Prosperous!"  


Greetings to nearly 2 billion people in China, Asia and throughout the world who are celebrating the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday of the year for millions from Shanghai to Singapore. Centuries old and based in ancient Chinese myth and tradition, the “Spring Festival” as it is known in China is a two-week celebration centered around family gatherings, special foods and other traditions that vary from region to region. Many of these customs revolve around the ideals of reflecting on oneself and ushering in good fortune for the New Year.  The Lunar New Year in 2019 begins on February 5 and is the Year of the Pig.  From ChinaKorea and Vietnam to Taiwan and Malaysia, this holiday is a cultural focal point in many of the most popular destinations for certified English teachers.