Lets see, where to start…
I went on the 2005 Overseas Compatriot Youth Summer Formosa Study Tour in the summer of July, and like most ABCs, I fell in love with the country. The loveboat program is designed to get people like me interested in going back…and well, I am definitely interested.
I started lurking Forumosa in September of 2005, and my nice, fun image of Taiwan gradually started to take a more realistic turn. Horror stories of visa complications, meaningless contracts, authoritarian management, and general living complaints made me think twice about going over to teach English. It’s funny how all the “real” websites about Taiwan have tons of bad stuff to say…
I wasn’t completely scared away, though. All of it was really good information, and I felt as if I was living vicariously through a couple of you…and despite the possibility of disaster, I think I am ready to finally plan out my journey back.
I’m soon to be 23, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology (due in June 2006). My main question is: what kind of documents will I need to bring; specifically, in terms of credit? I’ve already thoroughly checked out Michael Turton’s great site, but I won’t be able to have a hard copy of my actual diploma until 2007. I will have official documentation in the form of transcripts by June, however; I am wondering if that is good enough for Taiwan. I know that nice frames of diplomas tend to be a factor…I hope it doesn’t screw me over.
Another question: I have a full-tube amplifier that I would hate to part with. Should I bring it over with me, or are there decent music stores in Taipei where I can buy a new guitar and amp? It’s a Peavey Classic 30 that comes up to my knees…
I plan to find housing and work somewhere in Taipei…planning on staying in a hostel for the first month, probably. I’d like to work at a “foreign-run buxiban,” since that’s where my research led me to believe was the best place for opportunities…I guess that’s it for now.
Hopefully I didn’t commit any newbie sins ^_^;
Looking forward to post more!