The Taiwan Tourism Bureau wants to train NZ and Australian young people to train to become tour guides for Western tourists in Taiwan, with salaries of NT$25,000 per month after a 3 month training program in their own countries. Good idea?
Taipei Times has the inside skinny:
Another option being developed by the Tourism Bureau is using young Australians and New Zealanders as part-time guides. Would-be guides would have to complete a course of study in their home countries and then receive three months of training after their arrival in this country. They would be paid NT$25,000 a month.
Tourism Bureau Deputy Director General Kuo Su Tsan-yang () said the young Australians and New Zealanders will have a good knowledge of Taiwan because most will have completed a course of 16 hours of classroom work and 400 hours of field work before arriving.
The government has signed Working Holiday Agreements with Australia and New Zealand to issue working holiday visas to one another’s citizens aged between 18 and 30 to allow them to work for up to 12 months.
Kuo Su said that to be eligible for a working holiday visa, applicants must be a passport holder of one of the countries and be able to show that they have access to at least US$4,000 in bank savings.
However, the government is considering reducing the bank funds requirement in order to attract more Australians and New Zealanders to come to Taiwan and introduce Taiwan to other English-speakers.
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