Original Title: Watch out for this school!
Dear forumosans, I would like to lay down the challenge to all of you out there to compare your schools to this one. To protect the names of teachers , I will refer to them as A ,B , etc. This is because I know the teachers involved and would like to protect them because this school will stop at nothing to ruin your life in taiwan. The name of the school is Well American school in Taoyuan.
In 3 years they have gone through more than 30 foreign teachers, some say the number is more than 50, but let’s say 30. Of those teachers the school has returned less than 10 people’s deposits. The school insists on taking 20 000 dollars for deposits. There is no way of getting out of your contract. if you even mention it , they start to threaten you with lawsuits and taking your money. Because they mostly get teachers that just arrived in the country, the teachers believe everything the school says.
The school has teachers on student visas which they make pay 6 percent “tax”. The contract is set up in a way that basically says you will do whatever the school tells you to do for one year, or they take your money. So during the year the school will give you a lot of extra things to do without payment. Things like cleaning and decorating the classroom, mopping the floor, making your own flashcards(because the school refuses to buy them) , putting leaflets in envelopes and the adresses on top and closing them(every teacher has to do more than 300 every semester) , working after hours or in your lunch hour for no pay, there was once even talk of going to visit parents to ask them to pay the school fees. If the school sees you punishing a student in any way, like asking them to stand up or to leave the class, they take your money. The school will tell you to work on a saturday or sunday, and pay you 200 dollars for the whole day.
When you arrive at the school they are very friendly and full of promises, until you sign the contract, then they completely change. They have a system of a evaluation bonus, its 3000 dollars that is a part of your salary. But you never get the 3000 dollars, they use it to threaten you to do what they want. Every time you do something they dont like, the 3000 gets less and less. For example, you will get an evaluation of 2000, then you ask them why, they tell you because you look unhappy. So the money has nothing to do with your teaching, its just a way for them to take some money from you.
Once , when teacher A didnt want to renew his contract for another year, the school told him they will blacklist him. When teacher B wanted to resign and go home, they told him he must pay the scchool 60 000 dollars. If you ever go to this school for an interview, ask the teachers that work there what they think of the school, you will save yourself a year of hell. Oh yes, if they tell you to stay late to do something that is totally unrelated to teaching and you dont want to, they take your punc-out clock card. Anyway, there are many more stories, but i think this is enough. if you still want to go work there, i cant stop you.