My boring story first. (Rant before the question, skip to the end if it’s too long,)
After being a student of a Chinese language centre, and after one semester deciding to try out another school to study Mandarin at , I find out from a government office (and the person telling me the info wasn’t nice about it either) was that they wont allow me to change schools I study at without a visa run :loco:
I said, so this government doesn’t really want students here, if they insist that I stay at a school I didn’t enjoy… she said, well you can just do a visa run, this was the only option, thus resetting the time i need to get my ARC due to needing a visa run :fume:
So i booked my flight out of country.
Then I find out I have another problem. My new course starts on Feb 16/08. My out of country trip is from dec 5 - 13.
The new school that I want to enroll at says they only give out 180 day student visas… and since their course runs from feb 16 - june 16, im screwed since my visa would run out in may of 2009, requiring another visa run.
Why? Because I would not be eligible for the ARC at that point, even though i am attending class :loco:
You have to wait to be enrolled at least 4 continuous months to get the ARC, then wait another 3 months to get health insurance.
And decide you want to change where you study… visa run again… unbelievable.
So I will look for a job so that I can get a ARC and then study as well, which i had contemplated doing when I came here.
But my question is, are there jobs that offer part time afternoons, or will they insist that I be available all the time?
I have no problems with afternoons, but the morning is when I would need to study.
Also, do schools have an issue with someone studying as well as working?
And where would be the best place to look for work. I tried doing a few cold calls to schools, but no one seems to be hiring right now.
I’m not sure if Kaohsiung living is the best choice (ie reading postings and calling people without knowing what they are about)
Lastly, do schools offer 6 month contracts, or no contracts.
It’s not that I am contemplating leaving early, but because I have heard of many bad experiences when someone needs to break a contract and that the contracts are usually one sided.
I have no experience, this is just from what I have read.
Thanks for the replies.