Teaching English in Taiwan

Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) are in great demand in Taiwan. With more than a thousand schools in the Taipei area alone, it is relatively easy to find work. For ESL job ads, look in the classified sections of the three local English newspapers: the China Post, the Taipei Times and the Taiwan News. ESL departments exist within Mandarin training centres of the major universities, such as the National Taiwan University, the National Normal University in Taipei, the Tunghai University in Taichung and the National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung. Also search the Internet for information about teaching English and introductory facts about Taiwan.

To work legally in Taiwan you must have a resident visa that specifically states you are permitted to accept employment. (See “Visa Matters.”)

The Canadian Trade Office cannot become involved in any case, conduct an investigation, or act as lawyer or mediator in any personal, legal or contractual conflicts 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 signing a contract.

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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