For the foreign English teachers here, how and where did you first start teaching? Did you sign up overseas with a chain? Did you go to a hostel and find a job through the classified? Did you know someone already teaching here who set up you? Did you have any teaching experience or training? or were you thrown into a class to sink or swim? Please share your experience.
Here’s my experience
I started out in Taipei (well, NeiHu to be exact) with a chain school. They, of course, gave us training in their method and materials and each lesson had a clear (though not always appropriate or interesting) plan to follow. The branch I first worked for was pretty helpful. The pay was relatively low, the quality of education was questionable, and the administration was often unreasonable, but many of our local colleagues were sincere and helpful. Several were good teachers even though they were stuck with the school’s flawed curriculum. Outside of work, they showed us around, helped us out (like accompanying us to see a doctor if we were sick), and some we went out with socially. I also feel incredibly lucky that the group of foreign teachers (all newbies) at my branch got along well and made great roommates.
What are your stories?