Hi! We just got to Taichung yesterday, and are looking for teaching jobs here. We’re hoping to get in contact with some other expats in the area for advice on schools to avoid, good schools and what area of town to live in. We are currently staying in a hotel near the train station, but we don’t really know where to look for an apartment. Any suggestions?
If anyone in the area wants to get together for a beer or something, we’d love to meet you! We followed the advice of the oriented forums and didn’t sign any contracts before we arrived, but now we’re feeling a little bit overwhelmed! It’s a big city out there! We haven’t quite figured out where to get started (everything’s in Mandarin!)
Lonely Planet said that the area around the train station is the expat area, so that’s why we came here. I think we’ve only seen one other native English speaking person though… Could Lonely Planet possibly be wrong???
Oh, we’re from Seattle (it was 40 degrees F and raining when we left) and we both have our bachelors degrees. We’re 30 and 31 years old. We’d like to work at the same school, if possible, but that’s not necessary. We also brought our two cats with us, so we need to find an apartment who will love them as much as we do. Or at least accept them!
If anyone has any pointers, that would be great!
Karen and Landon