Hess isn’t the only gig in town that will guarantee the job before you land here, although they are probably one of the only organisations that won’t try to hard to get rid of you if they think you look funny or something. That being said, it all depends on the set up of the individual school and if it is a branch of the head office or part of a franchise operation.
John Dewey as an agency is pretty good, however, it does depend on the agent that you are using. Personally, I think that Andrew and Cliff are very reputable and hardworking Dewey agents that work really hard in the best interests of both the school and the teacher. Others have gotten a very hard time on Forumosa for some of their posts.
All of the companies discussed here will deal with kindergartens. NO MATTER WHAT YOU ARE TOLD, teaching kindergarten in Taiwan IS NOT LEGAL and can get you in a lot of trouble and cause you a lot of stress throughout the year. It is not worth it. In the past, I don’t speak for now, Hess advertised kindergarten teaching as a legal option and had contracts tailored for such positions. There is a thread about it… forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi … stery+Hess … started by moi.
Personally, I’d like to work for an organisation with transparent business practices and ethics that don’t dive headlong into the grey areas of the law that Taiwanese love to play with when all the time there are no grey areas, just areas that corrupt greedy people wish to exploit (allegedly).
My advice is this. Take a job that meets the requirements…
- The place where you will be teaching is licenced
- The place where you will be teaching is the place that is offering you the work permit and the address on the work permit is the same address where you will be working.
- There is NO outsourcing to other schools
- There is no kindergarten work
- The school will supply insurance and do the right thing by the tax office.
- There is no talk about security deposits being taken off your salary to keep you there for a year.
If a school tries to convince you that the grey areas are OK, RUN and don’t look back. The hassles are not worth it. If they lie to you about that, they’ll lie to you about other things too.
Back to Hess… it would be a great way to start your time in Taiwan and get your island feet if you take the language school only option. Even then, don’t get caught up in the game of running around between branches unless they get a work permit for each branch that you will be teaching at.
Dewey… looking at their website I can see a K-12 section… stay clear of the K = kindergarten section.
That being said, clicking on that link gets you into the government school jobs link. That may be worth a good look. Morning teaching hours is a good warning that it’s probably Kindy work. Although, this is not always the case.
Check things out first, things in Taiwan are almost never as they seem.