Hello. Your thoughts and input would be appreciated.
I have been working as an uncertified English teacher here now for nine years.
I have two children, aged eight and four.
My daughter is now in year three of the local primary school in Taoyuan. She loves it there. Previously she studied for four years in the English kindy where I worked.
Basically I’m considering leaving Taiwan for the following reasons.
My daughter is not academic. She can do her work but I feel her personality is not a good fit for the public school system. Kind of like Lyra from The Golden Compass. She’s intelligent but she has more interest in learning what she wants to learn (such as how to climb trees, something I believe kids should learn but the teachers at school do not agree).
Every summer my kids go to stay in the UK with my parents for a couple of months.
They love it, and I want them to grow up British. That kind of means we have to go before my daughter gets to high school. Her spoken English is excellent, but her reading and writing are so so. Even some of my Taiwanese students have much better written English than her.
Reason two is, my work. I have been teaching for nine years as I said. I still earn $650 an hour, which is exactly the same as I earned in 2008. I believe that if I stay here another fourteen years, I will still be earning $650 an hour. At fifty years old, teaching English to kids. That is a terrible thought. I believe that as you get older, you should earn more money for less work, basically. That, I believe, is a cornerstone of Western employment. I am certain that, had I never come here, I would be earning more now, back home, than I am earning here. Plus I would have a pension, thirty five days paid leave, statutory sick pay, etc…
So I have two solid reasons to leave.
Reasons to stay:
I love the weather here.
I love the pace of life.
I love the freedom, especially the lack of demerit points for speeding.
My wife has a great job, which sees her earn more than me, and gives us free flights and a lot of free holidays. Once she quits, they will not take her back, such is their policy. It’s a one way door.
What if we move to the UK and she hates it so we have to come back? My wife will end up teaching English for half her current salary or less.
I want my kids to be British. I want to work into middle age gracefully, not clowning for kids in a dead end job.
I want my daughter to be nurtured at school, not made to feel like she will never make the grade.
I want my son to get into cricket, rugby and football. I want him to feel proud to fly the nest at 18, not stay living at home forever.
I also want to live somewhere hot where I can wear a wife beater and flip flops 250 days a year, and surf in boardies not a wetsuit.
Any thoughts, opinions, or comments gladly received.
What would you do?