Are you considering teaching abroad? It’s an awesome way to live in a foreign country while saving money, making new friends, and having awesome experiences. Here are four reasons why Taiwan should be at the top of your list of teaching destinations.
It’s a beautiful place. The cities of Taiwan are full of places to explore and interesting things to see. But would I call them beautiful? Not really. There are mountain backdrops to view and admire but the most beautiful places are along the coast and closer to the central mountain range. There is tons of jaw dropping scenery in Taiwan.
The people are amazingly friendly. Taiwanese people have to be among the friendliest in the world. They constantly go out of their way to help us in times of need. If we start to look lost, it never fails, a Taiwanese person pops up and asks if we need help finding something. They constantly try to speak English to us, and then apologize that they aren’t very good at it. We live in their country, and they apologize that they can’t speak our native language.
Just a quick example of my point. We were riding bikes to a nearby mountain, which was about 20 miles away. Our goal was to find a coffee shop to just relax and rest for a while before heading home, but we were having trouble finding one. Finally we saw a sign, written in Chinese with an arrow pointing, and what looked to be a coffee cup on it.
We followed the sign up some stairs towards what we believed to be a mountain cafe. Well it wasn’t. We stumbled into someone’s gathering of friends and family for a big lunch. Instead of turning us away or asking what we were doing, they immediately offered us a seat and gave us some food. We were also invited back, and told we could stay for free at their bed and breakfast.
You can save money like crazy. The cost of living outside of the biggest cities is really, really cheap. Our apartment’s rent is something like $200 a month. The food, transportation, and attractions are all very cheap. Even doing a lot of things and eating out a lot, we are able to save money like we never could back home in America.
There is a huge market for teachers here. Asia in general is a booming market for ESL Teachers. If you want to travel and live abroad, it can easily be done in Asia. Asia also is very safe relative to other places. Crime is very low here in Taiwan and it’s actually been ranked as one of the safest countries to live in. We don’t fear for our safety or for getting our bike stolen every other week.