Hey there, well basically I am still in the process of deciding if I want to leave for Taiwan this christmas with my brother and his girlfriend (soon to be fiancee, good for him!). They both just came back from 2 years of teaching in Taipei recently and they told me they are planning on moving back again this christmas and want me to come with them. Basically I am only 18, been out of school for a year working (graduated at 17 though), and was hoping on going to college this year but my course was full, so I have to kill a year
Obviously I wouldn’t be able to teach legit since I have not completed University.
I just lost the only thing keeping me here in Ottawa, Canada… my girlfriend, so now more than ever am I debating if I want to make the journey over or not.
Basically I want to save up as much money as I can (while still enjoying myself some what) to get me through living/food and such while I am in school and on my own. I am just affraid I will not want to come back right away if I go over, and instead stay for an extra year since I will be setup and I will be able to save more money.
For thoes of you who have gone and came back to your own country, how has it been for you on your return? I am just affraid I will come back to nothing, but as this point I also have nothing here.
How did you also find the culture shock, was it easy to adjust and get settled, I am also sure most of you also got into small (or maybe large) fits of depression, or maybe still do on occasion. I am a very open person, I love learning new things, its like I am a knowledge spounge (completely different case school wise i’m affraid! haha)
My brother also told me of all the staring he recieved (I mean he’s a big guy, 6’2, 200pounds, let alone his size there!), is that the case with most of you? Are looks and appearences even more judged in Taiwan. I’m 6’0, 165pounds, a guy , dress sorta emo/punk (I am assuming I would have to bring my own clothes for that, I dont’ think they have any coheed or my chemical romance tshirts there, but I do like making my own tshirts on occasion and I am sure there is transfer paper and printers around ) I am a pretty good looking guy, I seem to get more younger girls for some reason (but sorry, I don’t touch prostitots, its quite horrifying). Obviously when I go over I will look to pursue another relationship, and I am sure me dating another foreigner or even a Taiwanese girl will be a different thing then what I am used to.
Coming in December I will most likely live in with my bro/his girlfriend for a while, but I do want to end up living on my own or even with a bunch of local univ students or something, I think that would be a great experience.
As for where to live, I keep hearing how it is cheaper to live outside of Taipei, but there is also less things to do, what do you people personally like more? I want to be able to have fun (I don’t do drugs anymore, almost ruined my life with that one until I changed schools to get away from my old friends, and I also don’t really drink but I still enjoy going to the bars/clubs sometimes just for the atmosphere.), I definately would enjoy roaming the streets discovering things, and I am sure most nights I would go out wandering and such, so would that be a hard thing to do if I had to take the rail/subway to get in to Taipei? Because I also just to relax and watch a movie and like it when things just slow down sometimes, and I am sure the city can burn you out if you are not carefull
I would look forward to learning the language and as much as I can about the culture, so maybe even attending some chinese classes (or maybe mandarin, depends what I will be using more or what would be more of a challenge since I do like to challenge myself).
Hmmm, don’t really know what else to say, so I will just list some point form questions if anyone has still for some reason read this far, who knows maybe I will even dedicate 1 bag for room to stash things in for people in desperate need of supplies :bravo: (as I will most likely only take clothes, another reason I fear I will stay that extra year is because I want to buy a new camera, the nikon d70, and a laptop to go with it, and I am sure then also a printer which I would sell before I leave).
How hard would it be to find an teaching job (I have about 500hours of volunteer experience with kids, I love working with them, the course I want to take is also - Child and Youth Worker -, so iI hope to be one of thoes people who loves to do their job).
Is there any other job’s I would be able to work? (I am talking things a young guy would be able to do, so I know there wouldn’t be much, just seeing if there is any other options maybe. I am told modelling could be a choice since I am a tall/thin/cute guy, maybe on the side, my brothers girlfriend did a little before she left and said it was really good).
To save money I am sure I would have to also find private lessons or something if I want to be making even more, would I have time for teaching normal hours + private lessons + attending a school to learn the language? I am used to working 40+hours a week with only a day or 2 off a week so that is not a problem, just wondering if I will be getting into more or less work (and I hear if I do attend a language school I can just do student visa runs every 6 months?).
How easy is it for all of you to save? I am sure there is alot of splurge spending going on and alot of you are on budgets to make sure things don’t get out of controll Also, how much approx are you able to save if you don’t mind be asking and what are thoes “must have” items you are always buying? (cellphone minutes, water, money for taking the subway, etc…)
Would I be able to find my taste in music there? (billy talent, coheed and cambria, motion city soundtrack, alexis on fire, reliant k, smashing pumpkins, matchbook romance, etc…) Or would I just have better luck in burning future songs to a burned CD?
edited 6) Also, since I don’t have a degree, is it still important for me to take the ESL course or would it be a waste of money?
Anyways, thats about all I can think of right now, I really feel like shit (rn’t breakups fun? ) Thanks for all who respond, and if you want to add anything I havn’t thought of, please do (lets see, i’m a vegetarian, need to gain some pounds since I’m skinny so maybe a gym, don’t watch much TV, internet is a must, lol).