Hi all, I’ve been in Taiwan about six months now and signed a contract to teach at a buxiban (I know). All seemed to be okay but long story short I am not very happy here, primarily though I have been diagnosed with a long-term medical issue since arriving. While Taiwan’s healthcare is celebrated I find having to navigate it without speaking proficient Chinese to be a major stress and would much rather be in my home country for this, especially as I have weekly exams at the hospital. The buxiban I work at is okay in some regards, pay is decent, coworkers are nice for the most part but management is woefully inept and despite having less foreign teachers than ever before due to COVID they actively treat us terribly. They constantly lie about the contract I signed and make even the simplest of requests into nightmarish ordeals to try and dissuade me or anyone else from asking, as such I am expecting trouble if I tell them I intend to leave.
In the contract it states that if I break contract I owe them upwards of $25,000ntd, however this is contained within the same contract that states the school will withhold several weeks’ pay when I first start teaching and this money will be returned at the end of the contract - this is illegal. Additionally, the school has me working at several locations despite my ARC having only a single registered working address, another illegal practice.
My plan is to tell them I wish to leave due to medical reasons and hope they will return the money they owe and overlook the fine for breaking contract due to the circumstances. In all likelihood I doubt this will happen and it will be a big back-and-forth, so I intend to apply pressure regarding the illegal practices if this happens and see where that puts me.
I was curious to know what people here think of this and how they might handle this situation. I still have quite a while left on my contract but I really would much rather be at home to deal with my circumstances. I could cut my losses and simply get on a plane home tomorrow but of course I’d like to come away with the money I have rightfully earned. My understanding is that it’s known the school operates in this manner but the right wheels are greased so that they can behave like this.