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danehidden wrote:I have searched the boards over a few times looking for this info so please forgive me if this is a thorough repost of someone else's post but this is the info I have found an the remaining questions that I have.
I am about two and a half months from boarding a plane headed for Taipei. I have been researching this for about three months now and from what I can see HESS offers the best deal for an absolute newb. According to what I have read they will provide round trip air fare, an ARC, TEFL Cert, a week of training, and assistance getting situated. From what I have read in recent informative/job posts they start pay at 600-750 NT/hr and you can work from twenty to thirty hours a week. I have little trouble with math and according to my math if I worked twenty five hours a week at 600/hr I would earn 60k/mo. Less taxes for the first 6 mos. I would earn 48000/mo. I am not sure how much that really is. From what I have seen I can get a room for 5,500 to 10,000 mo. I could eat decently for about 5,000 mo. I am not really much of a drinker so that really wouldn't eat much of my income. I am considering getting a Scooter when I get over there, how does the insurance and tag work? Are there any hidden taxes or fees that I should be aware of? I don't mind being poor I just hate, with a prejudice, being flat broke. I mean as long as I can keep the money I have saved up and not have to dip into it every month and I am able to save a little while not eating card board and living under a bridge I know I can handle that.
On the topic of taxes, how do they work over there? are they deducted automatically? how do you file a return?
Also I have about two dozen websites that I pay for hosting on. I would like to keep my account here in the US and use it to pay recurring expenses such as the web host, and student loans. Does anyone know what the best way to transfer money into a US account is? I was thinking PayPal. Tie a Taiwan Bank account to a PP account and use the PP account to send my US PP account money that will go into US checking account viola I have avoided exchange an wire and bank fees(maybe). Anyone have experience with that and know the best way to go about it?
If you have personal experience with going to teach in Taiwan through HESS, your personal story would be the most helpful to me.
Not to offend anyone but I have no interest in becoming a lifelong teacher. I am a BS CS student. I just really want to see the world a half dozen decades before I'm retired. The way I see this is as a means to reach that goal. I figure I'll teach in Taiwan for three to five years and in the middle of those years I'll take mini-vacations to Japan, India, China, Australia, New Zealand, and maybe Dubai over in the UAE.
I would really appreciate any constructive comments or especially anyone with direct experience with HESS.
Thank you all.
craya wrote:What? They start at 650-700 an hour now? I got an interview in March just for S&G and the woman was telling me you'll start at $570 an hour; thats even with 2 years experience, and I'm also in the MA teaching program at a university in Taiwan.
danehidden wrote:craya wrote:What? They start at 650-700 an hour now? I got an interview in March just for S&G and the woman was telling me you'll start at $570 an hour; thats even with 2 years experience, and I'm also in the MA teaching program at a university in Taiwan.
Maybe they are trying to jerk you around or maybe the ads are not totally realistic. But the ads on tealit and else where such as my university job board say the starting pay is between 600 and 750 per hour. However, This also may depend on location, their website says between 560 and 750 per hour.
Craya being that you've spent a couple of years there would you like to tell me about the taxation and how that all works?
I'm not sure that I care where I'm located. I know that the island is small so I could get around by scooter and tour the whole place.
CraigTPE wrote:EDIT: I spoke to Paypal and it doesn't seem that it would be economical except for very small transfers, perhaps, because Paypal is a percentage and wire transfers are generally a flat fee.
You can't have a Taiwan bank and a US bank linked to the same PayPal account. You could open a Paypal account in Taiwan and send money to a US account or address, but there are naturally lots of fees: The usual 2.9% Paypal transfer fee, a 1% transborder fee and a 2.5% currency conversion fee.
housecat wrote:craya wrote: and I'm also in the MA teaching program at a university in Taiwan.
What? There's an MA teaching program at a university in Taiwan?!!