PigBloodCake wrote:What school did you graduate from (it'll be relevant if you answer this Q)?
Ah, you're in my territory (I used to live there).
Since you said you're an ABC, I'm assuming that your pronunciation of the English language can be considered to be North American accent. In this case, you'll do fine here as an English teacher at a buxiban. Your only issue would be to find a buxiban which doesn't discriminate against ABCs (you can search this website on this topic).
creztor wrote:Why bother teaching here for a year? It's just going to either be a year of fucking around with a sticky ball and teaching kids how to jump and sing ABC at the same time, or it will turn into ten years and then you'll be asking yourself the same question of what you should do next. Either go back home and get serious about your career, or look at doing something permanent in Taiwan, even if that means becoming a male stripper. I bet I sound jaded
Well, teaching in Taiwan seemed like a good experience to discover. After spending the last 2 months in Taiwan talking, playing, and teaching my cousin's kids it made me think that might turn out to be a good thing for me. Also having friends who are currently teaching English in Korea has inspired me to do the same.
Don't take teaching English (especially at a buxiban) seriously or else you'll end up regretting this decision. Don't do it just for the money either or you'll be hating yourself for stooping so low into accepting this type of job just to chase some Kaohsiung skirts or eating your life away if you happened to like 'wan food.
I've been reading forums where some people have been having a hard time deciding on either to teach or get a job, and a poster said something about do what you want, so that you won't regret it later. It really made me wonder if I would regret not going in the future. I also read that it would look good on a resume.
It'll only look good on your resume if you plan on having an Educational career....or else it's worthless on your CV.
What kind of permanent thing can I do in Taiwan without a citizenship?
Are you a **true** Chinese (i.e. Red one)? If so, never mind....or else you can apply for a citizenship if one or both of your parents have had Taiwan citizenship.
Sorry can't become a male stripper. I don't qualify.
A fat a$$, eh
I understand what kaikai34 is saying about my English writing skills, and I am considering of brushing up on it. Would there be a difference between teaching kindergarden kids and teaching at a buxiban?
Kindies will drive you crazy....buxiban will also drive you crazy....kindy buxiban and you're looking at doing 420 or be AA eligible for the rest of your life.
I've also read a lot of forums saying that a lot of the English teachers in Taiwan has pretty bad English as well, but they're still able to become teachers.
Yes, a French woman was teaching English at my ex-buxiban workplace with heavy French accent...I think she still works there. So you'll never know what you'll meet at these places.
Thanks adikarmika for the comments. Would 2 years really be that bad? I'd definitely be brushing up on my Chinese and pick up Taiwanese while I'm there.
If 2 years is your maximum commitment, I'd say go for it. But keep in mind though that these 2 years of experience might be worth sh*t back in the States.