Taiwan Only 75 miles (120 km) off the coast of Taiwan, Taiwan is known not only for its bustling modern cities,
but also for its friendly people, lush forests and rugged mountains.
The demand for EFL teachers in Taiwan far surpasses the number of qualified teachers. This makes well-paying English teaching jobs easy to find. Though the official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese, the most popular foreign language is English—which is incorporated into the regular curriculum in public schools. Adults in Taiwan also have a strong desire to learn English for professional reasons. Therefore, your Taiwanese students could range from primary schoolchildren to university scholars to company executives. TEFL jobs in Taiwan are high paying relative to living costs, and many employers reimburse airfare and offer bonuses when contracts are completed. With teaching positions available year-round, Taiwan is a very attractive place to teach English
at any time.
Taiwan TEFL Facts:
Your English Students •K-12 •University •Adults
Best Time to Get Hired •Positions available year-round
Typical Start Dates •Positions available year-round
Length of Commitment • 12 month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules •Full-time and part-time schedules available
Average Pay and Benefits •$1500 - $2000 USD per month •Bonuses on completion of contract •Reimbursed airfare upon completion of contract
Average Cost of Living • $300 - $600 USD per month depending on lifestyle
Requirements •Bachelor’s degree •TEFL certification (see recommended courses above) •Native speaker or fluent in English
The largest land mass between Japan and the Philippines, Taiwan is known both for its verdant landscapes and its booming cities. Thick forests and shallow rivers wind through the foothills, while the nation’s coast is smooth and speckled with coral reefs. The lower plains are home to most of Taiwan’s people, the majority of whom are descendants of Chinese immigrants from the provinces of Guangdong and Fujian. In addition, around 360,000 of the island’s indigenous inhabitants still live on Taiwan today. Ruled historically by the Dutch, Chinese, and Japanese, the island combines ancient sacred traditions and contemporary modern culture. The cities of present-day Taiwan are industrialized metropolises booming with economic growth, resulting in cutting-edge technology and a thriving arts and entertainment scene.
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Taiwan at a Glance
Capital:Taipei Population:22,858,872 Currency:New Taiwan Dollar Language(s):Mandarin Chinese, various indigenous languages Literacy Rate:96% Life Expectancy:77 years
Taiwan Fun Facts
•The fastest passenger elevator (37.5 mph or 60.4 kph) is in Taipei, in the world’s tallest building, Taipei 101. •There are over 400 different species of butterflies in Taiwan. •When the Portuguese came to Taiwan in the 16th century, they nicknamed the area “Ilha Formosa,” meaning “Beautiful Island.” •Taiwan has 258 mountain peaks that are over 9,800 feet (3,000 meters) high, making mountain climbing a very popular leisure-time activity. •Taiwan has the highest density of 7-Eleven convenience stores in the world.
Regions & Weather
Taiwan is a sub-tropical country, but the climate varies from hot and humid in the south to cooler temperatures in the north and inland mountainous region. In Taipei, there is a distinct, chilly winter season from about December to March, with temperatures averaging 62°F (17°C). April and May bring brief, sudden showers. Summer, from June to October, brings Taipei’s highest levels of rainfall and temperatures of up to 90°F (33°C).