Of course, this is my personal experience, everyone’s experience is different, but I think many people may be a little curious about what it’s like to work as an English teacher in Taiwan. I will share a bit of my experience.
There are many places in Taiwan where you can find a job as an English teacher, but I suggest that you first check where you will live, because if you are used to living in a big city but unexpectedly, your company happens to be in the middle of nowhere, you might feel a bit miserable. Fortunately, we like the city we live in. It is not too far from the downtown area, high-speed rail and train station, so it is very convenient to live here. Our city is a very small city; our kind of city (it’s still a city, though, not a town). Originally, I did not expect that I could be an English teacher in Taiwan because I am not a native English speaker but because my husband’s manager happened to hear my English ability, he decided that I had enough English to teach English. There are not many options in my city (Hsinchu) so non-native speakers would do just fine.
The first time I taught English, I was a substitute teacher. If a teacher cannot come to work, the manager will contact me if I can come to work that day. I was a little worried cos I had no experience teaching children. But the more I teach, the more I get used to it. Because of my visa status, I can only work as a part-time employee in Taiwan, but not as a full-time employee. But I think it’s okay because although I am only working part-time, my manager still respects me. Originally, I only taught one class, and my schedule was only from 4:30 to 6:00. I was worried to ask for more working hours because I look like a Taiwanese. Generally speaking, if you are white, you should have more opportunities to teach English. But unexpectedly, after a few years in this company, I had the opportunity to teach summer camp in another branch (but still the same company). My boss was very satisfied with my performance. She offered me to work with more hours in her branch. I was very happy! The fact that my husband is the manager of this branch has nothing to do with me acquiring the job. I’m so proud.
To be honest, my mood at the end of the day is really influenced by my students. If their attitude was good that day, my mood would be good that day. But this is usually not the case (unfortunately). Although I am not a native speaker, my English ability is already fluent. I have a deep knowledge of English, so I can teach my students well. I also have a professional attitude, so my managers are very satisfied with my performance. Because I have been a teacher in Taiwan for several years, I often hear many stories about unprofessional teachers. It often makes my husband angry (being a manager has it’s own difficulties, lol). In Asia, many Westerners come here to be English teachers because this job is the easiest to find. Although you are not from a native English-speaking country, if you are white, you should still be able to find a job teaching English. Because they don’t treat their work seriously, they’re not professional. Although I am not a native speaker, I can keep my job because I have a professional attitude. My husband often says that being a manager made him realized that there are many stupid people in the world. LOL!
在台湾我在American Eagle Institute公司工作。这是补习班。我听到我的Instagram朋友说他想来台湾当英语老师但他一点害怕因为他常在互联网听到很多害怕的别人不好的经验的故事。幸好我的公司对它们的员工非常好。我在这公司已经做了工作在三不一样的分公司，虽然我只是打工员工每个经理对我很好的。尽管我只是打工员工，说实话我的工资比台湾人全职员工两倍。我也有更少工作小时。他们做工作非常努力。一般来说，我的学生虽然他们来上课因为他们的父母叫他们学习英语但他们真想提高他们的语言能力。我的大部分的学生都非常好的学生。但是当然会有几个不太好的学生。我的运气不太好，我的分公司有四百学生但我的班有三个最难的学生。（T_T）
In Taiwan I work for American Eagle Institute. This is a cram school. I heard from my Instagram friend that he wanted to come to Taiwan as an English teacher but he was a little scared because he often heard many stories about other people’s terrible experiences on the Internet. Fortunately, my company is very nice to their employees. I have worked in three different branches in this company, and although I am only a part-timer, each manager is always very nice to me. Although I am only a part-timer, to be honest, my salary is twice that of a Taiwanese full-time employee. I also have fewer working hours. They work very hard. Generally speaking, although my students come to class because their parents told them to learn English, they really want to improve their language skills. Most of my students are very good students. But of course there will be a few not-so-good students. My luck is not great. My branch has 400 students but my class has the three of the most difficult students. (T_T)
I think the easiest job to find if you want to live in Asia is to be an English teacher. Of course, you can also find other jobs before you come to Asia to do what you want to do, but most people come to Asia just wanting to do easy work while traveling. I think it’s not a problem, but you just need to have a professional attitude! I think many English teachers haven’t figured out that their students are also judging them. If you do not have a professional attitude, they will definitely tell their parents to let them know that they are not good teachers. This situation is certainly not good. I just heard that a teacher was suspended because he didn’t wear a mask and was breathing on his students’ faces. Very odd! In the current situation, I don’t know what he was thinking?! There‘s no logic! My husband is right, there are a lot of stupid people in the world. :))