Teaching in Taiwan with a TEFL/TESOL Course after the Pandemic
It's time to un-pause your travel and teaching dreams and make the move! Here is everything you need to know about ESL teaching in Taiwan. We will also fill you in on ins and outs of our own Taiwan training and placement program.
A lot of things have changed during the pandemic and many industries and parts of life have been affected. One that has affected us all is the ability for international travel with ease. Something that was second nature to a connected and small world has now become more of a struggle. We have second guessed all of our travel decisions and most of us have not been out of our home country in two years or more. Post Pandemic, there is so much you need to know for teaching English in Taiwan – English Teaching Requirements for TEFL or TESOL Teachers, and we have covered all in this blog.
It is not all doom and gloom! The world is starting to open back up and with the roll out of vaccinations and governments getting a hold on the right social distancing measures, we can now start to plan our futures and follow our dreams.
Have you ever thought about teaching English in South East Asia? And more specifically, Taiwan? Well, if not, it is definitely a destination to put onto your radar! Taiwan’s exciting mix of vibrant modern cities, traditional culture, and breath-taking natural landscapes has something for everyone. Taiwan combines affordability with a high standard of living.
Here, you’ll get the best of both worlds with a combination of both untouched lands and westernised towns and cities.
Taiwan, the undiscovered gem of Southeast Asia, offers a one-of-a-kind experience for any TEFL enthusiast to immerse themselves in. Immerse yourself in bubbling geothermal springs, launch a lantern into the stars during the Pingxi sky lantern festival, and follow the butterflies (600,000 migrate to southern Taiwan for the winter)! Why not take a cheap flight to nearby countries like China, Japan, or Vietnam during your vacation weeks? You and your future TEFL friends will create stories that you will tell for the rest of your lives.
Teaching English in Taiwan jobs are ideal for earning a living while immersing yourself in a completely new culture. It’s another fantastic hub for ESL teachers, with similar benefits to teaching abroad in China, Japan, and South Korea. You can make good money, meet a lot of other expats who are just as excited about living on this island as you are, meet some of the nicest locals, and it’s safe! Taiwan is known for being one of the safest countries in the world and has handled the pandemic with admiration. Despite its proximity to China, Taiwan has emerged as a success story in the global fight against COVID-19, with fewer than 500 cases and only six deaths among its roughly 23 million residents.
It has been credited with taking early action to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as it emerged, as well as avoiding the lockdown measures implemented by many other countries.
Teaching English in Taiwan
Pumped up for the beautiful country of Taiwan? Now we’d like to go through why teaching English in Taiwan is a great choice!
ESL teachers are looked at respectfully in Taiwan. The children are very enthusiastic about learning and will listen to your every word! It is an absolute joy to work in Taiwan and you will love every second of it.
The teacher salary versus cost of living in Taiwan is a seriously nice balance. You will earn enough to live comfortably and save a bit for your future or even more travelling. While teaching English in Taiwan, you can pay off your school loans or save for a trip around the world if you live frugally, which is easy in Taiwan. Regardless of your pay, you’ll be able to live a life that permits you to make more money rather than merely break even.
Teacher contracts in Taiwan do come with many benefits. Schools will normally cover everything from visa expenses to continuous training and teacher group excursions. You would take a step back and wonder why would they put the money and time forward for the sake of filling a position in a school. Well, there’s a simple answer! ESL teachers in Taiwan are high in demand. As well as it being one of the less known destinations to teach in, it also comes with some strict requirements, so finding the right candidate can be difficult – but more on that later.
As mentioned, teaching in Taiwan will bring you a nice pay check with great benefits in exchange for a rewarding career. Another bonus? On your days off, you’ll have plenty to do. Within the cities like Taipei, there is plenty to see, huge amounts of shopping districts and amazing food to try (don’t forget to try the street food!). Had enough of the city and would like to get out for a bit? No problem! 20% of Taiwan’s land is protected, giving the locals and westerners plenty of nature walks and landscapes to see. And with miles and miles of coastline as an island, the beach is always a stone’s throw away (not literally, don’t quote us!).
Teaching Requirements in Taiwan
ESL teachers in Taiwan are high in demand, and schools are looking for teachers all year round as they have a variety of schools from public to private to language centres. To teach in a Taiwanese school, you must first get the work permit! This is the biggest hurdle, so here are the list of requirements you’ll need to know:
Educational Background: As well as a TEFL certificate to teach in the school, you’ll also be required to have a degree for the work permit. Because it is only for visa reasons, the degree can be in any discipline. Pre-pandemic, they were accepting both a Bachelor’s degree and an associate’s degree. However, post-pandemic, the associate’s degree is getting a little trickier! If you have had an offer or would like to check for Taiwanese opportunities with the TEFL Institute, feel free to send your degree to us to double check! The government also has a selected list of universities that they accept, so if you got your degree through the military or private institution, you’ll need to check this out too.
Your Passport: Due to government regulations, you must have a passport from an English speaking country to be eligible to obtain a work permit. Accepted applications are from people from the following countries:
Criminal History: This is very strict! Unfortunately the government of Taiwan will not accept any criminal offence. If something shows up, even from a while back, your visa will get rejected.
This is the majority of the requirements needed for the work permit, but they may ask for extra documents or official document translation on a case-by-case basis.
Tick the boxes? Great! You’ll be able to apply for a working visa. Extra requirements and preferabilities of schools will include enthusiasm, working on your own initiative, and ability to lead a classroom. Once you have these characteristics, then the rest will follow! One thing that’s great about Taiwan is that most schools don’t require experience. So, if you have ambition and love to become an ESL teacher, they will help you with lesson plans and continuous training.
How to get there
The Taiwan government won’t give out working permits lightly. You cannot hop on a plane with a tourist visa, land a job and get it converted to a working visa. The Taiwanese government only issues Taiwan work permits to specific categories of workers. Additionally, before you can even apply for a Taiwan work visa, you must first have a job offer in Taiwan.
Once you secure a job offer and invitation letter, you can then apply for a visa. The hiring program or school will hopefully help you through the process. Our supported job does help you through the whole process, making the move easier and a lot less stressful.
We recommend not booking flights until you have everything in order. During and after the pandemic, international post, like international travel has been slow and taking your time with the process will definitely help you. Your school will wait for you if something happens and you cannot get over in time. Remember, you are high in demand! Just don’t take advantage of their kind generosity.
The TEFL Institute Training program and Job Opportunity
The TEFL Institute has a supported opportunity for all aspiring teachers. Our internal training program and TEFL certification will prepare you for the journey ahead and will help you become a confident ESL teacher. At The TEFL Institute, we provide pre-departure and continuous support and will always be here for any issues you have, even for something as small as “what do I pack?”.
This program and our on the ground team offer a monthly allowance of NT$46,500 – 60,000, airport pick-up & transfers (depending on quarantine measures during the time of arrival), complimentary hotel for 3 weeks on arrival (quarantine and orientation), accommodation assistance, 2 weeks’ vacation & public holidays off, Mandarin lessons (3 free), interest-free relocation loan up to NT$30,000, visa & work permit sponsorship, and of course ongoing in-country support.
This program is nationwide and if you’d like to go with a friend or your other half, that’s no problem! You are assured to be placed in the same area together and get one of your top three location preferences. With quarantine hotels and visa costs covered, you can’t go wrong.
Excited as we are about teaching English in Taiwan? Join our Online Accredited TEFL Courses or you can talk with one of our course enrollment program placement officers today. Request a call back today and we can give you more up-to-date information on quarantine.