Teaching English Abroad

Teaching English abroad is a great way to travel the world, and get paid to do it! Popular destinations include Korea, Taiwan, and various European countries.

Teaching English overseas as a second language (ESL) gives you the opportunity to live in a foreign country and experience the culture, as well as travel and perhaps even learn a new language yourself.

Government help in Korea

Once again, please bear in mind that Canadian government offices are not permitted to become involved in any case, conduct an investigation, or act as lawyers or mediators in any personal, legal or contractual conflicts experienced by Canadian citizens. They cannot investigate, certify or vouch for prospective employers. It is up to each individual to ... Read more Government help in Korea

Adapting to Culutral Differences in Korea

There are many different types of people teaching English in Korea. Some are professionally trained with degrees in TESOL; some hold postgraduate degrees in other disciplines and are teaching in Korea because they want to experience another culture; some are teaching English while doing other work, such as research; some are teaching English while looking ... Read more Adapting to Culutral Differences in Korea

Health Insurance in Korea

In principle, foreign instructors are entitled to Korean medical insurance through their employer. You should clarify this when you accept an offer of employment. It is important that you know and understand the nature and scope of coverage, so be sure to ask your employer about the important details. Medical care in Korea is generally ... Read more Health Insurance in Korea

Income Taxes while Teaching in Korea

Income tax is another common cause of complaint. Most foreign employees are required to pay Korean income tax, which is generally withheld from an employee's salary and paid by the employer. The Korean income-tax rate is 5 to 10 percent. Article 20 of the Korean Tax Code states: "An individual who is a resident of a ... Read more Income Taxes while Teaching in Korea

Working Hours & Severance pay

Most institutes require foreign instructors to teach 5 to 6 hours a day, Monday through Friday, and some ask instructors to teach on Saturday mornings as well. University departments usually require instructors to teach 10 to 15 hours a week, and to participate in student activities and in the editing of school newspapers. Research institutes ... Read more Working Hours & Severance pay

Apartments for Teachers in Korea

Few contracts provide for housing in Seoul. This can be a serious problem, as housing in that city is among the most expensive in the world. If your institute does not provide housing, it should at least be able to help you find accommodation and negotiate the appropriate rent and utility payments. Housing options include: ... Read more Apartments for Teachers in Korea

ESL Teachers Contracts in Korea

Koreans see business less as a legally based interaction than a relationship. Consequently, there is a much weaker sense of law in Korean business relations than in international business. For many Koreans, a contract is part of the symbolism involved in beginning a relationship, and "beginning" is the important word. The contract thus is only ... Read more ESL Teachers Contracts in Korea

Work Visas & Permits for Teaching English in Korea

To work legally in Korea, you must obtain the appropriate employment visa. If you wish to work in Korea, you must obtain the visa outside the country. However, you can enter Korea on a tourist visa, obtain letters of sponsorship and apply for the visa in a nearby country (Japan or Hong Kong). As visa ... Read more Work Visas & Permits for Teaching English in Korea

Types of English Language Schools in Korea

Most English instructors teach in private foreign-language institutes (hakwons in Korean). There are, however, positions available in several other types of organizations: corporate in-house language programs; university foreign-language institutes; university departments; government/private research institutes; and public relations and advertising companies. What are Hakwons? Private language institutes are found all over Korea but the majority are located in ... Read more Types of English Language Schools in Korea

How the Consulate in Taipei can Help

Once again, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei cannot become involved in any case, conduct an investigation, or act as lawyer or mediator in any personal, legal or contractual problems experienced by Canadian citizens. It cannot investigate, certify or vouch for prospective employers. It is up to each individual to evaluate any employment offer before ... Read more How the Consulate in Taipei can Help

Cultural Differences in Taiwan

Foreigners stand out in Taiwan. You may find everyone around you watching what you do with great interest, especially outside large metropolitan centres. Despite rapid social change in the last decade, in many ways Taiwanese society is more conservative than North American society. Canadians should be sensitive to cultural norms and expectations. Generally speaking, Taiwanese are ... Read more Cultural Differences in Taiwan

Medical insurance in Taiwan

Taiwan's major hospitals offer adequate services to foreigners, and some doctors are able to communicate in English. Treatment of minor problems will generally not cost much, even without expat medical insurance. A simple consultation with a doctor, for example, will usually cost around C$5 to C$15. Foreign residents possessing a valid Alien Resident Certificate for more ... Read more Medical insurance in Taiwan

Income taxes in Taiwan

Any person who receives income from a source within Taiwan must pay Taiwanese income tax. The tax year runs from January 1 to December 31. Foreign taxpayers are divided into two categories: non-residents and residents. Tax rates are determined by length of stay, not the type of visa held by an individual. Non-Residents Income Tax Status A ... Read more Income taxes in Taiwan

Contracts & Housing when teaching in Taiwan

Canadians occasionally have contractual disputes with their employers. In Taiwan, a contract is sometimes viewed as an infinitely flexible working agreement, subject to further negotiation. Keep in mind that an oral agreement with an employer can be just as important as a written contract. It benefits all parties to have a clear understanding of their ... Read more Contracts & Housing when teaching in Taiwan

How to get a Work Visa / Work Permit for Taiwan

Canadians planning to visit Taiwan for 14 days or less do not need a visa to enter the island. A non-extendable single-entry visitor visa can be obtained upon arrival at the airport. Canadians who wish to stay longer than 14 days must apply for a visitor or resident visa at a representative office outside Taiwan. To work ... Read more How to get a Work Visa / Work Permit for Taiwan

Types of English Language Schools in Taiwan

Most English instructors teach in private English "cram" schools (in Mandarin, buxibans - pronounced boo-she-ban). These provide courses at every level from elementary school to university. Aside from buxibans, ESL teachers are employed by private schools and private companies, and do in-home tutoring. Located throughout Taiwan, buxibans vary greatly in size. Smaller schools have a more ... Read more Types of English Language Schools in Taiwan

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