Hey what’s good everyone?! I’m brand new to this forum…hopefully that this is the write topic to be posting under… I was hoping to get some advice because I’m arriving in Taipei in July and planning to stay for about a year. So far, I’ve been accepted to the “love boat” program. I’ve heard mixed things about it but I think it’ll be a good place to start off. After the 6 week program, I’m hoping to learn Mandarin at one of the university language centers and also find some work to help sustain myself while I’m in Taiwan.
I’m an ABC who doesn’t speak any Mandarin… i’ve been taking some introductory night school courses but I’m far from saying anything past “Hi my name is…” and from what I’ve read from this forum, it isn’t easy finding a job considering my profile. After browsing through some of the threads I saw that schools like HESS, KOJEN, GRAM and David’s English Center are open to hiring ABC’s but I still have a few questions…
- What other jobs might an English-only speaking ABC be eligible for?
- Any other schools that hire ABCs?
- If I apply for a student visa, can I switch to a working type visa once I find a job? (quite uncertain about this stuff…)
- Any recommendations for language centers in Taipei?
I know it’s a lot to ask but any small piece of advice or feedback is much appreciated! Even links to relevant threads is great! Thanks!