my gf and i are considering moving out of taipei and down south when our contracts runs out this summer but aren’t sure if we should or where we would go if we do. i’ve heard that you can put away alot more $ once yer out of the city, so that’s a motivation. Also, living somewhere a bit more nature oriented than taipei is a pleasant prospect as well.
the thing is though, we have (so far) a decent work situation in the city and wonder if we wouldn’t be shooting ourselves in the foot by giving it up. both of us teach adults at the same private college 14 hours/16 hours a week. the school lets us determine our own curriculum, only giving us a general theme to abide by and a specific time to teach it. the school doesn’t give a shit about what we do in the classroom, or whether or not the students learn anything. the school gets paid, the students get their A and everyone is happy. yes, it’s a diploma factory but what buxiban isn’t? ignoring the laughability of the degrees offered by the school though, i take my classes and my students desire to learn seriously. at the beginning of the semester, regardless of the radically mixed levels of students the office has placed in my class i evaluate each student and tell them whether should remain in the class or switch to one of the higher or lower level ones. if they want to learn english, i help them. if they want to get an A, the school gives them that anyway. i use good textbooks for my listening and pronunciation courses, assign my students english novels and newspaper articles for my advanced reading classes, demand essay’s and weekly journals from my writing classes, and i make syllabi, midterms, finals, quizes and lesson plans for every class. the students who are serious love it, the slackers dropped out after a few sessions.
aside from the fraudulent nature of calling where i work a “college” this has been much more satisfying and rewarding than the cram schools we’ve worked for. we enjoy teaching adults, and genuinely like many of our students. while pay at the school isn’t much (600 NT an hour) we get paid 4 hours for every 3.5 we teach and there is no bullshit with office hours. we show up, teach two classes in the morning or evening and leave when the’re over. this leaves alot of time free for more lucrative, but way less stable one on ones. also, we get a month off between semesters(unpaid. but gives us alot more freedom to travel than most of friends) and have the option of teaching summer school if we want.
so, here’s the question: would we(two CELTA certified, late 20’s americans with loads of experience) just be setting ourselves up for disappointment and frustration ala shiesty buxibans if we headed down south in a few months? is the money you save really that much better and worth it? can you find fulltime or ARCable work teaching adults?
is the grass greener, or is it all just astroturf and promises?
also, where do you guys like living? we have off until the 20th of feb for CNY and are travelling a bit to check out other places. any recommendations?