The Taiwanese won’t know what ‘inner-city kids’ means. Just list the experience as having worked in the public school system. It does look good on your resume, as I worked in the Chicago Public Schools for 2 years. You won’t run into any bad-ass kids like you do in public schools, but the classroom management skills you gain transfer well. And TW schools like to know you have it, because YOU"LL need it.
[quote]1. Is is better for a potential black teacher to aquire a teaching position at home or on the ground in Taiwan?[/quote] In Taiwan, IMO. Contracts are a fucked up thing in TW (pardon my french) but it’s better to have it done there than at home. I don’t know where you’re at but contact the local Taiwan representative office and find out about how to apply for multiple entry visa. This can be changed once you’re there.
[quote]2. Is there an actual list of school in Taiwan that are open to hiring black teachers?[/quote] No. You really want to focus more on any school that is blacklisted here or anywhere else. While yes, you’ll gonna run into some racism there, you’re a guy and it’s nothing like in the States. You;'ll be able to brush it off quickly and enjoy the TWese.
It’s not about schools that will hire blacks per say, but where you want to live and your earning goals. I’ve lived in both cities and had success with both and I did have schools turn me down in both cities because I was black. Funny story–When I first got to Kaoshiung in 2002, I applied at a buxiban that was owned by a Havard-educated guy. He had a MA in something, and loved to point it out during our interview. So, I do the interview, and talk about the school. Suddenly, he tells me that he can’t hire me because the fire station is across the road and if they find out he has foreigners working for him, he’s gonna lose his license. My advice: If it sounds like bs, then it’s bs and keep moving. You have an education, you have experience, you have a choice.
[quote]4. Photo or no photo for the resume?[/quote] if you apply from home, no photo. I never sent a photo. My beauty is to much for a 4x4 passport photo
[quote]5. Franchise i.e. Hess, Joy, et al or smaller school or foreign run buxiban?[/quote]I worked at a private school, and a few buxibans. I preferred private school. Set salary, set hours :blah: :blah: but buxibans can be good also. You can create flexibility with your hours, especially if you find a good one:i.e. the manager is on the up and up about educating the kids and not entertaining them. That’s why you should come over and do interviews before taking a contract. You want to feel them out as well as letting them feel you out.
[quote]6. Some sort of Esl Tesol TEFl ect. certification or none?[/quote] Some want them. I didn’t need it. But I was certified to teach in Chicago so it made a difference when I applied at my school.
[quote]7. Would Mandarin ability hurt or help me in my job search?[/quote]Nope, not a bit.
Just make sure you have enough money to have a “F.U. Plan” if things don’t work out or you need to do a visa run. Schools will not pay for that. Once you’re in TW and if you’re in Taipei go to some of the F.com happy hours. People are really generous about helping out or giving directions/guidance. Have any more questions, pm me.