Whitie possibly looking to move to Taiwan

Hi, newb white American here. I’m wondering what my chances are of landing a teaching gig in the Taoyuan area. I have no prior teaching experience and don’t speak Mandarin. If it’s not even possible, what other kind of jobs should I look for/expect to be able to get? Pay rates? Any information is appreciated. I have searched around but seems like most info on this that people have linked to is from 2008.

Dear Butthere,

You’ll do fine, even better in Taoyuan if you speak Canadian. :thumbsup:

ABH, a good idea would be to get onto Dave’s ESL Cafe and browse the Taiwan forum (as well as the forums for any other countries you may be interested in). It is a great resource for people looking to start teaching overseas.

Good luck!!! :slight_smile:

[quote=“jdsmith”]
Dear Butthere,

You’ll do fine, even better in Taoyuan if you speak Canadian. :thumbsup:[/quote]

Dude, the amount of money I spend on Canadian lessons :astonished: ! Hopefully they’ll pay off in the end - which would be like totally awesome.

I’m glad you guys seem confident I’ll be able to get a job. Now I just have to get over that knot in my stomach that comes up every time I think about packing up and taking off to a new world all on my own =/

Taiwan is one of the easiest foreign places to get used to if you are from the USA.

Dont worry bout it, it will be fine . Just stay on this forum and ask questions. YOU will be needing some tips here and there I would think.

p.s. how old are ya? And watch out for em taiwan girls ! They will have you tied around their (hello kitty) pinky in no time :laughing:

[quote=“tommy525”]Taiwan is one of the easiest foreign places to get used to if you are from the USA.

Dont worry bout it, it will be fine . Just stay on this forum and ask questions. YOU will be needing some tips here and there I would think.

p.s. how old are ya? And watch out for em taiwan girls ! They will have you tied around their (hello kitty) pinky in no time :laughing:[/quote]

21 years old. The thing I’m most worried about is not speaking Mandarin. Though I have heard that a ton of people speak at least some Engrish and it isn’t really a problem. Yeah… I have heard lots of bad things about TW girls… I wasn’t planning on getting married any time soon even to a USA girl. :laughing:

[quote=“tomthorne”][quote=“jdsmith”]
Dear Butthere,

You’ll do fine, even better in Taoyuan if you speak Canadian. :thumbsup:[/quote]

Dude, the amount of money I spend on Canadian lessons :astonished: ! Hopefully they’ll pay off in the end - which would be like totally awesome, eh?[/quote]

Fixed that for you. Next time think aboot it first, eh?

[quote=“AnywhereButHere”][quote=“tommy525”]Taiwan is one of the easiest foreign places to get used to if you are from the USA.

Dont worry bout it, it will be fine . Just stay on this forum and ask questions. YOU will be needing some tips here and there I would think.

p.s. how old are ya? And watch out for em taiwan girls ! They will have you tied around their (hello kitty) pinky in no time :laughing:[/quote]

21 years old. The thing I’m most worried about is not speaking Mandarin. Though I have heard that a ton of people speak at least some Engrish and it isn’t really a problem. Yeah… I have heard lots of bad things about TW girls… I wasn’t planning on getting married any time soon even to a USA girl. :laughing:[/quote]

haha ya but some of the “bad” things about TAiwan girls are actually good things :slight_smile:

You will be fine ! Dont be scared. TAiwan is one of the easiest and safest places for a person to experience a different culture (make that a different Planet in Taiwans case though). JUst stay off scooters and watch out where you walk. Remember cross walks are just pedestrian target zones. Red lights dont mean shit , and scoots ride on sidewalks too so look in all directions while on the deadly streets. Do NOT mess with mob dolls in bars. Try not to get too drunk at Seven 11s. Dont just marry the first girl that approaches you. Dont start no shit ! And what else? Theres tons else.

Oh and reading some blogs , I think a teaching outfit called Gloria (IIRC) will put you up with other teachurs in an apt in Taoyuan.

Bring some nice walking shoes and hit the bushibans and apply. You will get work. Seems the only problem is getting enough hours to more then survive.

IF you persevere (and bring a coupla thou with ya) you should be fine.

Ride the MRT, stay off scoots. But if you ride mtn bikes, get in touch with the few forumosans that do weekend rides. You will have a blast im sure as they go to nice places.

Get out there and explore Taipei and its surrounding areas soon as you can. Go to Kaohsiung and Taichung as well and see if you would prefer those places and look for jobs there (but avoid Tainan as the denizens there are territorial…and the place officially does not exist according to them).

It can be a scary feeling, but so exciting! I was your age when I left the States (I started out with the Peace Corps) and have never looked back. I’m 38 now and have lived / worked / studied on five different continents and plan to live abroad for the rest of my life.

I wish more young Americans would make the jump to have a bit of adventure like you’re about to. Hats off to ya, bud! :slight_smile: