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Have to ask: why do people come to Taiwan to be teachers?

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Re: Have to ask: why do people come to Taiwan to be teachers?

Postby superking » 30 Jun 2012, 00:17

TheGingerMan wrote:Why not just work hard anywhere one hangs one's hat?



If you insist on continuing speaking good sense I will have to reprimand you!
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Re: Have to ask: why do people come to Taiwan to be teachers?

Postby dan2006 » 30 Jun 2012, 12:01

bigduke6 wrote:It is often a lifestyle choice and not a career choice.
I made a lifestyle choice. I had a high paying job, flying around the world with all the trimmings.
Probably would have had a heart attack at 50, no family, no free time etc.

I know many posters have made a similar choice.

The misconception is that people come here who are minimum wage losers back home. Taiwan being a sort of social security for dumb whitey.

I have yet to actual meet one of these.


I just quit a decently paid insurance job in Canada to come here and for exactly the reasons you just mentioned.

The misconception does run deep among the locals as well that Taiwan is a dumping ground for loser whitey and I think it will be hard to shake that idea from their head.
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Re: Have to ask: why do people come to Taiwan to be teachers?

Postby GuyInTaiwan » 30 Jun 2012, 13:35

My experiences within the public education system here, but also with encountering buxiban and kindy workers, are that their atrocious English and general education are not really that different to those of their counterparts in the West (or at least Australia and England, where I have lived and worked). That's not so much a reflection on the kinds of people recruited to work in Taiwan as it is of the general pool from which they're drawn in the West. Education is piss poor in the West these days, so I don't think it's fair to single out Westerners here. Grab your average (university educated!) person from an office in Sydney, Toronto or Chicago and he's probably a semi-literate knucklehead too.
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Have to ask: why do people come to Taiwan to be teachers?

Postby headhonchoII » 30 Jun 2012, 14:43

It's not the quality of the people but the framework and system they are given to operate in. A fish does not swim well in mud.




Unless he is a mudfish.
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Re: Have to ask: why do people come to Taiwan to be teachers?

Postby tommy525 » 30 Jun 2012, 14:46

headhonchoII wrote:It's not the quality of the people but the framework and system they are given to operate in. A fish does not swim well in mud.




Unless he is a mudfish.
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unless he be a catfish !

p.s. oh shit you said it yourself already.
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Re: Have to ask: why do people come to Taiwan to be teachers?

Postby SuperSneakyCow » 01 Jul 2012, 13:23

I'd like to teach because I'm visiting a friend who's busy half the day. I'm bored much of the time, and stuck programming. D:
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Re: Have to ask: why do people come to Taiwan to be teachers?

Postby TheGingerMan » 01 Jul 2012, 21:18

superking wrote:
TheGingerMan wrote:Why not just work hard anywhere one hangs one's hat?
If you insist on continuing speaking good sense I will have to reprimand you!

Good sense?
Don't know much about that.
Sorry, Master. Please use the splinter this time, and not the fullsome knoteye!

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even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee:"

~~~ZECHARIAH 9:12

"Or fill high hawkfell of my hand,
with skalds reward for skilled word?"

~~~Egill Skallagrimssøn, c.974


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Re: Have to ask: why do people come to Taiwan to be teachers?

Postby lostfool » 03 Jul 2012, 10:10

Personally I fall into that category of fresh graduates with no job prospects, 80+ people applying for once position ect. The choice was earn a minimum wage stacking shelves in a country with a high cost of living (UK) or earn a slightly better wage in a country where most things are half the price or less of back home.
Another reason is Taiwan is much more interesting than back homes, there’s mountains, beaches and some amazing cultural stuff some of these temples are amazing, getting completely wasted is cheap too.
Oh and I'm fleeing my student loan, I feel like I've been completely ripped off with that.
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Re: Have to ask: why do people come to Taiwan to be teachers?

Postby GuyInTaiwan » 03 Jul 2012, 10:32

People often want the exotic, but to suggest that Taiwan is more interesting than the U.K., especially culturally? :loco:
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Re: Have to ask: why do people come to Taiwan to be teachers?

Postby lostfool » 03 Jul 2012, 18:48

after 22 years in the UK you tend to miss the culture and only notice the downsides.
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