I'm going to try and keep this cordial , to the point and professional. That won't be easy as I'm feeling somewhat "mei li mao" at the moment. Nevertheless, I'll try not to use this as the place to vent my spleen at the ineptitude of the powers that be that have butchered my schedule and budget for the last month and the foreseeable future.
What I want to know is: has anyone had any similar experiences or know the reasons for the treatment that South Africans (I really hope its not only me) seem to be recieving at the moment? Is there some devious South African ring conniving to send terrible teachers to Taiwan and sabotage the spread of the English language in Taiwan? If so, please send me his name and address.
There seems to have been a decision taken in the dank halls of power that South Africans are no longer welcome in Taiwan and every effort should be made to root them out and send them back to darkest Africa where they belong (interminable rant deleted for brevity)...Every South African I know who has been trying to get an ARC has encountered obstacle after obstacle in what used to be the simple process of getting an ARC and work permit to teach English in Taiwan.
Example: South African, age 25, 2 degrees from a top SA university, 1 year already spent in Taiwan, decides after some deliberation that there probably is some meaningful teaching here for a self-respecting person considering a career in teaching. Eventually settles on a reputable institution and the proper channels (however murky and debris filled they may be), avoiding the devious backroutes available to anyone who wants to teach English here regardless of qualifications, teaching ability, or the ability to speak English.
PROCESS: 1. The only way to legally teach here (as far as I know) is to lie and say you are coming to visit - duly done: two months asked for, one month given
2. Degree (original and certified copy sent to Ed. dept.). Wait.
3. Visa expires. Visa run. Another month given.
4. Papers returned without explanation. On phoning, the school is told I need to have the SA office in Taiwan confirm the authenticity of the degree and the institution.
5. This is done with some effort and the help of my mother in SA, and the university -, through the liason office in Taiwan (read embassy). Papers resent to the Ed. department. Wait.
6. Begin to worry as days to expiry of visa count down - begin phoning to clarify the status of my application.
7. Papers returned to the school without explanation. Many phonecalls later the school is told that the official representative of SA in Taiwan is not competent to do this, and that I need the SA - Taipei liason office in South Africa to verify the documents.
8. three days remain on my second visa
I love the work I am doing at the moment, I like Taiwan, and I actually care about teaching. Why am I being treated like a stray dog sniffing at around for an old bone?
Anyone with answers, similar experiences