Hi there, I just want to preface this by saying that I know I have made a mistake by taking on a job I’m not qualified for, I’m really not looking for judgement on that, just some insight/advice on whether I can continue to stay in the country.
Basically, I’m currently working at a buxiban in Taipei and I hate everything about it.
The school haven’t particularly done anything wrong, other than offering a few things before the contract signing that never materialised (such as training, which it was naive of me to expect them to come through with anyway). And leading me to believe I would be teaching a completely different age range than I’ve ended up with.
The problem really is mine, I made a mistake thinking I could do the job. Classroom teaching is not for me, and the school is incredibly disorganised. The last minute nature of the job is leaving me extremely stressed out.
Right now, I’m at the point where I’ve lost a lot of weight as I can’t sleep, or eat due to stress and it’s really taking a toll on my health. I do not want to stick it out to see whether things improve as I’ve felt this way since day 2 of working there, I don’t foresee it getting better in the future (especially as all of the other foreign teachers seem to be willing their lives to end every second they are at work), and it’s having a strong negative impact on me. I’m just not the right fit for the job, I feel that I’m torturing myself unnecessarily by continuing to work there, and no job is worth this much.
There is nothing about giving notice in my contract, just a clause that states that if I end the contract early I would have to pay for the cost of replacing me, for which I am expecting the school to just withhold any unpaid wages.
Basically my questions are…
I haven’t been working there for too long. I have only just received my work permit, and haven’t yet applied for my residence visa, nor my ARC. If I were to quit, presumably my work permit gets cancelled. But without the residence visa or ARC, I am still in Taiwan on a landing Visa right? I would like to stay in Taiwan for now (but won’t be looking for another teaching job), is there any need for me to do a visa run right away or am I fine on my current landing visa? Legally, should I worry about any repercussions from quitting, having worked illegally (or from anything else)?
Also open to advice on the best way to go about quitting to make it as quick a transition as possible (I really find the job unbearable). How much notice do I need to give to be fair (I’ve been there for less than 3 months)? And without an ARC I’m a little worried about continuing to work after I tell them I want to quit tbh, am I being paranoid?