Recently, I went to teach english in Taiwan (in Jhubei with Joy school), having never done this anywhere before, and having managed to save up some funds, being a graduate with little chance of a good job here in the UK.
Within 4 weeks of being there, I was assualted on a Saturday night aftre work by 4-5 males, in Hsinchu city, both inside and outside the, now I realise, ‘nototrious’ (at least on here, it seems) ‘Flying Pig’ pub.
Which resulted in a broken right radial bone in my arm and a broken left 4th metacarpal and fractured 3rd metacarpal, requiring pins. I was also glassed in the head about 10 times, requiring 32 stitches. My injuries were so bad, because after having been hit in the back of the head and losing my glasses, I couldn’t see people following me and was surrounded and pinned down against a small wall in the grassy parts between the highways around Wenhua street, where I was repeatedly assaulted for what seemed like a fairly long time.
I was basically left unconscious or for dead, for about 4-5 hours until I became conscious in the morning. I then had to have surgery costing 38,000 NTD which I could not afford to pay.
The UK cultural bureau got involved, who were very helpful, as did the taiwanese foreign affairs police of Hsinchu county, who as of about 2 weeks after it happened apparently have 4 people in custody.
Not being able to afford further medical costs, and being a UK citizen and hence able to get free medicsal care I decided I had little to do but return home, especially since my school wasn’t prepared to wait til I got better.
I spoke to several lawyers, here in the UK and also in Taiwan about compensation - the former saying I wouldn’t be eligible as I hadn’t had any kind of travel insurance, and the latter requiring retainers of 50,000 NTD and upwards to look into it.
As I said the cultural bureau and the police seemed at first very helpful but now I get little response to me emails which seems a little cynical.
If anyone has any advice, experience of similar problems, or knows of any one who saw anything of the incident please email me.
A bit grim for a first post, but then I don’t think I’ll be looking into teaching english in Taiwan again.