Anna16, never have I been more jealous of someone. I want to say congratulations to you. Enjoy teaching in Taiwan.
For everyone else… let’s figure this out together.
I am at a buxiban and I was not asked for a background check. Today I was messaged by my school and said that the Taiwanese government says I need to provide a background check to get my ARC. I knew this was going to happen but wanted to see if I could somehow slip through the cracks. Didn’t work. I am getting paid in cash and I told my job that I will provide them the criminal background check after my trip to Vietnam in October.
My background check shows my DUI. I know there’s more of a chance I will get denied. That being said, I need to dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’ now. Since I am going to VN in October, I am going to ask around and see what teaching is like there. Has anyone thought about going to VN? Maybe even Thailand? I have read on numerous websitest that SE Asian teaching jobs are looking for violent/children criminal charges. Minor things like DUI/MIP would not hinder your chances of getting a job. BUT NOW SINCE I HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS BULL SHIT IN TAIWAN, I do not want to make another move until I am 100% certain I can obtain a working visa with my DUI on my background check.
I refuse to go back home to the United States. I will not give up. It seems that simply Taiwan wasn’t meant for me at this moment. Such is life. But I also do not want to live a visa hop life. Yes, I love to travel and that is why I am teaching abroad. But also I want some stability. I’m thinking Southeast Asia might be my next destination. Any thoughts?