If you want to get a legit teaching job in Taiwan, you will need to have at the very least completed a Bachelor’s degree in any subject from an accredited university.
This is not quite true, as we have discussed here from time to time.
Private School / International Language Institution
Although "private school" is a distinct legal category (the technical term is a bit longer), an institution calling itself a "school" or "language institution" may actually be a buxiban, whether it likes to admit it or not. It matters in terms of work permits, weekly work hours, and labor rights.
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I think it's worth noting that foreigners are mostly shut out of the labor market in Taiwan because of the work permit system (so freelancing is illegal), and the easiest ways to overcome this are to achieve permanent residency status, to get married, or (temporarily) to get a working holiday visa. The Singapore style "employment gold card" is still just a proposal.
But the big thing missing from your article is that the industry is plagued by greed, fraud and incompetence, and the laws are poorly enforced. If it's so bad that other countries issue official warnings (www.voyage.gc.ca/publications/taiwan_taiwan-eng.asp) about teaching in Taiwan, it's probably worth mentioning in your blog.
People should know their rights and responsibilities (like not working without a work permit) and be able to make informed decisions about whether or not to stand up for themselves when they get cheated out of overtime pay, holiday pay, sick leave, labor insurance, etc.
The bare minimum advice you should give on this subject, I would say, is that
- buxiban teachers and some non-buxiban teachers are subject to the Labor Standards Act (which can be read in Chinese and in a dodgy English translation at the Ministry of Justice's website, law.moj.gov.tw);
- you can be fined and deported for working before the starting date on your work permit;
- you need to check the name and address of the employer on the work permit to make sure you're not accidentally working illegally (especially with kindergarten age students and especially if you work on more than one floor of a building and/or you work in a place with two entrances -- it may be two separate properties); and
- when in doubt you should contact the local labor department, the Ministry of Labor --http://www.mol.gov.tw -- or a lawyer (free legal consultations are available through the [Legal Aid Foundation -- www.laf.org.tw -- and in some areas through the local government, for example at Taipei City Hall).