Sorry folks, but I need to vent. :fume:
When I started teaching ESL in Taiwan, like most endeavors, I put my heart and soul into it. I’m driven by a serious work ethic, but I also believed my employer would acknowledge the effort and it would pay off in the end. :roflmao:
I spent lots of unpaid time prepping for classes. I typically arrived 45-60 minutes early for work and stayed another hour after to wrap-up. I spent an ENORMOUS amount of personal time searching the Internet for classroom games and activities to supplement the text. I spent hundreds of my own US$ on ESL activity books. I regularly helped out with school activities like English song, speech and writing competitions for no additional pay. I spent lunch hours voluntarily coaching students preparing for GEPT tests and university entrance interviews. Not a single parent complaint in 3 years. I registered a domain and created a blog with interactive features for my students to practice more English. I felt pretty good about my job.
Then I was brought back to the reality of working in Taiwan: it’s all about money, the worker be d*mned. A week before the semester started, the school decided they no longer needed the foreign teachers to proctor exams or be around for school activities that preempt classes. They also decided it wasn’t necessary to pay us for national holidays like they used to. The bottom line is about a NT$6000/month cut in pay from what I’d made the previous school year. Adding insult to injury, they still expect us to spend our own unpaid time prepping classes, writing exams and calculating scores for each of our 18 different classes. This is the reward for hard work.
The real kick in the *ss is that I just don’t believe it would be any better anywhere else. There seems to be no value placed on hard work, dedication or performance here. Just get any foreign face for as cheap as possible.
My dilemma is the conflict between my personal work-ethic and my hatred of being taken advantage of. I don’t want my students to suffer because the admins at their school are a bunch of cheap bstrds.
And no, I don’t think a union would solve anything.
Can someone please pass the Vaseline?