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    Taiwan is arguably the hidden TEFL gem of Asia. It’s not often you’ll meet someone who’s taught English in Taiwan... because they're usually still there! With a country packed with mountains, lined with beaches and full of cuisine to send you into a food coma, there's really not many reasons to leave. It’s both a traditional and modern island, with brightly-lit cities popping up on the west coast and old forgotten towns on the east. It's also potentially the only country you’ll find a segway and a VCR being sold on the same road.
    If you’re all about culture, saving money and adventure, then book a ticket already! With an average monthly income of $1500-2000 for teaching and monthly costs of about $600 (including accommodation) all while working 20 hours a week, there's plenty of downtime to learn Mandarin or scale mountains at the weekend. Making friends, finding jobs and getting accommodation are easy. Foreigners often seek help from friendly locals, who will likely be your friends after a bubble tea or two, or by using relative Facebook Groups, which have become a hub of events, job listings and real estate postings. 
    Now, let the fun of teaching begin! In Taiwan, it’s all about games, songs, colouring and anything else that involves not sitting still. If you’ve lost your voice by the end of the day, you’ve done it right! Most schools promote an 'all-english' environment, which means no Mandarin should be spoken, so you may sometimes find yourself imitating animals or playing a game of charades rather than getting translation from your teaching assistant. There are plenty of opportunities for work in Taiwan, predominately in Buxibans, which are privately owned after school centres which usually offer good contracts and kind working hours.

    It’s no secret that Taiwan has a growing economy. When you were a child, it was known for the “Made in Taiwan" stamp on the bottom of your toys, but now it's becoming a banking capital.
    If you're looking for that middle ground between the high-cost Japan and the low-budget Vietnam, while still managing to save a buttload of money, Taiwan might suit you best.
    Salary: 45,000-70,000NT ($1450-2250)
    Rent: 8,000-14,000NT ($250-450)
    Meal: 80-120NT ($2.50-4)
    Beer: 50NT ($1.60)
    Water: 20NT ($0.60)
    Transport (Single fare): 20NT ($0.60)
    Taxi (based on 1km): 20NT ($0.60)
    Utilities: 1,800NT ($55)
    Cinema: 300NT ($10)
    Gym (per month): 800-1,400NT ($25-45)

    Job Requirements

    - University Degree
    - English-speaking
    - No Experience
    - 120-hour TEFL Certified (Recommended)
    A TEFL degree is not currently a legal requirement, but teachers who hold such a degree will be given preference over those who don’t. In fact, it is gradually (unofficially) becoming a requirement for many jobs. It will alsoallow you to apply for the better paid jobs at universities or private schools. 
    It’s not unheard of for applicants without any of the above requirements, other than speaking English, still getting a teaching job. Though, it's not as common as it once was.

    Visa Requirements

    A work visa should be part of your job contract and acquired for you by your school before you arrive. This in turn will allow you get your Alien Resident Card (ARC), which allows you to legally teach in Taiwan.
    If you do not get your visa before your arrival, you will likely arrive on a 2-month tourist visa, you will have to state you are visiting for tourism purposes, and acquire a work visa in that time period. If time is an issue, a visa-run to Hong Kong is common with re-entry on another 2-month visa.

    Taiwan is arguably the hidden TEFL gem of Asia. It’s not often you’ll meet someone who’s taught English in Taiwan... because they're usually still there! With a country packed with mountains, lined with beaches and full of cuisine to send you into a food coma, there's really not many reasons to leave. It’s both a traditional and modern island, with brightly-lit cities popping up on the west coast and old forgotten towns on the east. It's also potentially the only country you’ll find a segway and a VCR being sold on the same road.
    If you’re all about culture, saving money and adventure, then book a ticket already! With an average monthly income of $1500-2000 for teaching and monthly costs of about $600 (including accommodation) all while working 20 hours a week, there's plenty of downtime to learn Mandarin or scale mountains at the weekend. Making friends, finding jobs and getting accommodation are easy. Foreigners often seek help from friendly locals, who will likely be your friends after a bubble tea or two, or by using relative Facebook Groups, which have become a hub of events, job listings and real estate postings. 
    Now, let the fun of teaching begin! In Taiwan, it’s all about games, songs, colouring and anything else that involves not sitting still. If you’ve lost your voice by the end of the day, you’ve done it right! Most schools promote an 'all-english' environment, which means no Mandarin should be spoken, so you may sometimes find yourself imitating animals or playing a game of charades rather than getting translation from your teaching assistant. There are plenty of opportunities for work in Taiwan, predominately in Buxibans, which are privately owned after school centres which usually offer good contracts and kind working hours.

    It’s no secret that Taiwan has a growing economy. When you were a child, it was known for the “Made in Taiwan" stamp on the bottom of your toys, but now it's becoming a banking capital.
    If you're looking for that middle ground between the high-cost Japan and the low-budget Vietnam, while still managing to save a buttload of money, Taiwan might suit you best.
    Salary: 45,000-70,000NT ($1450-2250)
    Rent: 8,000-14,000NT ($250-450)
    Meal: 80-120NT ($2.50-4)
    Beer: 50NT ($1.60)
    Water: 20NT ($0.60)
    Transport (Single fare): 20NT ($0.60)
    Taxi (based on 1km): 20NT ($0.60)
    Utilities: 1,800NT ($55)
    Cinema: 300NT ($10)
    Gym (per month): 800-1,400NT ($25-45)

    Job Requirements

    - University Degree
    - English-speaking
    - No Experience
    - 120-hour TEFL Certified (Recommended)
    A TEFL degree is not currently a legal requirement, but teachers who hold such a degree will be given preference over those who don’t. In fact, it is gradually (unofficially) becoming a requirement for many jobs. It will alsoallow you to apply for the better paid jobs at universities or private schools. 
    It’s not unheard of for applicants without any of the above requirements, other than speaking English, still getting a teaching job. Though, it's not as common as it once was.

    Visa Requirements

    A work visa should be part of your job contract and acquired for you by your school before you arrive. This in turn will allow you get your Alien Resident Card (ARC), which allows you to legally teach in Taiwan.
    If you do not get your visa before your arrival, you will likely arrive on a 2-month tourist visa, you will have to state you are visiting for tourism purposes, and acquire a work visa in that time period. If time is an issue, a visa-run to Hong Kong is common with re-entry on another 2-month visa.