My name is Alex, and I have been in Taipei for 2 weeks now looking for a job teaching English. I was born in London, and have spent the majority of my life growing up and studying there, making me practically English. However, because my dad is French, I’ve got a French passport, which is giving me a lot of problems to find a job.
I find it very hard to accept that because of one document from a perfectly respectable European country, I am unable to teach English in Taiwan. Is there anything I can do to get around this ‘red tape’? Is it possible to apply for a work permit independently and plead my case of being 99% English to some sort of foreign employment authority?
Its very frustrating as I’ve had a number of opportunities where schools have been on the verge of giving me a job/interviewing me, and then they find out about this and stop contacting me.
Any help would be very very very appreciated ! I’m aware that I can always do tutoring instead, however a reliable school set up would be much more preferable!