Hi, my first post here.
Moving to Taipei in a month or so and my family will follow a month later.
I have a few questions so I can get a preliminary idea of what is realistic vs not.
All assistance is greatly appreciated!
I will work in the vicinity of Guanye West Road, Pingzhen District. My daughter will attend Taipei American school (or so I am planning). I already have the application in and have talked to admissions people at the school. She is 4 years old so Kindergarten won’t start until August 2021.
The distance between the school and the area around my work is 50+ minutes drive using google maps. That’s a haul.
My wife can drive, but I wouldn’t say she reacts well to high stress driving. As such I was looking for an apartment near the school and I will just have to eat it and do the longer drive.
Is living near the Taipei American school the best approach? How bad is the traffic around that area and how bad is traffic between the school area and Pingzhen?
If I live near the school, are there reasonable apartment options in the NT$ 45K range? Any recommended?
I previously lived in Singapore and all apartments were generally found by using an agent. Same deal in Taiwan?
I would prefer to bring certain furnishings with me (beds, etc.). Are most apartments furnished and this presents a problem? Or can I generally get an unfurnished apartment and bring a container full of things like beds, desks, couches, etc.?
Are there any highly regarded preschools near TAS (since her TAS kindergarten start is August of 2021)?
What is the cost of reasonably good tutor on an hourly basis? Can I generally find a nanny for 3 to 4 hours a day that is also proficient at teaching?
Now the big question:
- Is there a good alternative to TAS in the Pingzhen area that would get my daughter an equivalent education without spending nearly 2 hours a day on the road? And one point: my primary focus is not so much immersive Chinese as it is STEM, math, critical thinking, problem solving, etc. and making sure her English continues to advance. I want the second language, but the other factors are equally or more important for me.