I’ve been scouring this forum for a while now and it is a wealth of information, so cheers for that. If you don’t mind I’d like to put my thoughts out there, and maybe a few questions. If you feel like replying that’s great.
I’m a 32 year old white (skin color seems to be important in English language teaching in Taiwan) British male, about to complete my degree - decided upon a career change - and would like to travel and teach English while completing a long distance Master’s degree; I’ll be arriving in Taipei at the end of June. Luckily I have family who live there with one too many rooms, so accommodation isn’t an issue.
In a nutshell, I’ve figured so far that being a ‘newbie’ I must accept some kind of beefing up the bum by large buxibans, or quite possibly anywhere. This is fine, I used to chef in some high pressure kitchens, and the most useful transferable skill was pretending to care when someone gave you shit whilst mentally noting their numerous facial defects.
Whatever the strength of the job market, I’ve concluded that securing full time employment is the main goal because I earn more money and part time screws you for an ARC. Although, as I have somewhere to crash, if only part time was available for the first few months I’d be fine with that. Is there any legal way to make that work? I’m thinking no but it doesn’t hurt to ask. I am also aware of the possible visa run, I’ll go to the dentist in Manila.
I’ve been in touch with one of the larger schools so far, although I can’t send all my documents yet, making myself known can’t be a bad thing. I’ve read some iffy stuff about HESS on here but are they that bad, or is the unpaid hour scenario the general rule of thumb for all buxibans?
As for funding myself. Obviously rent is taken care of, so I was thinking of surviving on £290/$430/$13000 per month for food, occasional Saturday night on the town etc. This is just till I find a job, am I being a tad frugal? Instead of champagne for everyone at the bar, will I have to buy rounds of tap water with a sniff of a lime wedge?
I’m under no illusions that I’ll stroll into a super cushie job paying top dollar. I’ll get bitched at and experience a few surprises I’m sure, plus there’s every chance that I’ll earn about $42-45000 per month before my 18 per cent tax. I’ll get that back anyway so it’s just like saving. I might find better but from the current trends suggested on here that is unlikely. All of that is fine, at least I’m aware of it, anything else is a bonus, although it won’t stop me from trying for more!
Thank-you for reading
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