After lurking around on here for a while, I’m finally coming to Taiwan later this summer. Past posts have helped me figure out how to get set up. The thing that bothers me most is that I will probably have to break the law to get by at first by working while my ARC is being processed, teaching kindy, etc.
Of course there are people who say that one can and should work here without breaking any laws. This is a fine moral position but not practical for young people trying to scrape by for a while here to pick up some Chinese. So, I don’t mean to re-hash any philosophical debate, and I certainly don’t mean to offend.
I assume some schools (the big chains?) pay bribes or have certain guanxi connections to ensure they don’t get busted. I would think only the biggest schools can afford to bribe as part of a sustainable business model, or would have such connections.
In general, is there a certain kind of school that is much less likely to get busted for common illegal employment practices? Since brand name schools have many branches, am I right in thinking that some branches are more “safe” than others?
I know that foreigners pay the biggest personal price for ARC violations, but schools have to pay fines too, so it’s in their interest to avoid busts. I don’t mind doing illegal work. I’m willing to take the risks, but of course I also want to mitigate them. I doubt I’m the only one with this attitude.
Basically, does anyone know which kinds of schools–kinds that would hire American FOBs, anyway–have the most clout?