Teaching English in Taiwan
Benefits of moving to Taiwan to teach:
- High quality of life
- High demand for foreign teachers
- Low cost of living & huge potential for saving large amounts of money
- A unique combination of urban progression and traditional Chinese culture
The capital city of Taiwan is Taipei, which has a population of about 2.7 million people, and the total population of Taiwan is approximately 23 million people.
Many people in Taiwan are Buddhist and Taoist with strong Confucian influence; however, Taiwan is ranked highly in terms of religious freedom. The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin, so that's what they teach in schools. That being said, most locals speak Taiwanese Hokkien as their primary language, and you'll run into many English and Japanese speakers as well. Taiwan is one of the “Four Asian Tigers” which means that the residents enjoy a high level of freedom and that the economy is very developed. The other 3 tigers are Hong Kong, Singapore, and South Korea.
If you're interested in teaching in Taiwan, you should be aware that Taiwanese students often graduate with some of the highest scores in the world on comparative international tests. Many Taiwanese students are specifically skilled in technical areas like science and mathematics, which is probably one of the key factors in Taiwan's success in the IT industry.
Opportunities for teachers
Teaching jobs in Taiwan include Pre-school, Kindergarten, Elementary school, Junior and Senior high school, Universities and adult education. A really generous benefit for all teaching jobs in Taiwan is that it includes national health insurance and also at least 10 days of vacation time. The salary range in public schools is usually between $2,000-2,400 USD per month. Most of the teaching jobs require the applicant to hold a degree in education or have attended a teachers’ college, and sometimes even a half year of internship is required. Most programs in education typically last four years (128-148 credits). Teaching English in Taiwan can be a great way to save extra money or pay off student loans while enjoying a rich overseas experience.
The demand for foreign teachers
Choosing to teach in Taiwan is a great way to get your foot in the door, and you will learn just as much from the students as they do from you. English schools are very common here, especially in the larger cities. Teaching in Taiwan also gives you the option to travel during your off time, which you will have plenty of! The demand for English teachers in Taiwan is high, and the cost of moving there to teach is do-able, especially in the long run! Many people that start off in completely different careers end up teaching abroad, and they never look back! Taiwan is a great place to start a life, but it also works perfectly for people that want to start teaching abroad and maybe go somewhere else after a few years.
Teaching IB in Taiwan
As of 2020, there are 8 schools in Taiwan that use the IB curriculum. This equates to hundreds of IB teaching positions, many of which are available to foreign teachers. Learn more about teaching IB in Taiwan, and check out the history and an overview of teaching IB abroad in our blog.