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The altar of a Buddhist temple in Lukang.
|The gorgeous northeast coast of Taiwan, looking south toward Keelung Mountain and the resort town of Chiu Fen||Introduction
This site is intended as an aid for those thinking about coming to Taiwan to teach English, so they can get a handle on some of the issues, problems and benefits.
For the sake of simplicity, throughout this document, I use "Taiwanese" to refer to all the people of Taiwan regardless of ethnic origin.
All photos were taken and/or scanned by the author, most of
them with a Fuji
s5000 or an Olympus C-770.
site is a set
of sermons consisting of warnings, observations and advice.
Because its major purpose is to present things to avoid,
paints Taiwan rather more
at times than a local would be comfortable with. have excellent experiences on Taiwan and come to
love it very much, warts and all. Many return again and again,
Thus, this is not meant to be a set of nuanced cross-cultural observations and explanations of Taiwan. That is for a book. This site is aimed at presenting and explaining problems you might encounter when you first move to Taiwan, and is written from that perspective. Later you will come to your own rich and robust understanding of The Beautiful Isle.
The site undergoes periodic updates to reflect the rapid changes in the market.
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A morning market, filled with energy.
A classic central Taiwan scene: rice fields backed by factories, housing flats, and mountains.
Delivering flowers in Tainan.
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LIVING IN TAIWAN
ARTICLES: I want to come. What should I do? -- What to Bring-- Finding, Renting, Housing -- Water -- Transportation - Crime and Safety -- Health -- Money -- Posts and Telecommunications -- Personal Services -- Recreation and Travel - Learning Chinese -- The Social Side -- Food in Taiwan -- Driving in Taiwan -- Bringing Kids? -- Keeping a Pet - Living in Taiwan, Returning to America
A UNIVERSITY IN TAIWAN
Swollen with spring rains, a river boils through eastern Taichung.
What should I do?
Breakfast being prepared at the cafeteria of a local university.
After a typhoon, clouds billow over the mountains.
A local bird grabs lunch.
|Upscale housing outside of Kaohsiung. This gated community is inhabited largely by monied professionals.|
houses meet in a rural wood.....
A world of junk awaits you at the island's local night markets.....
Boarding passengers at Taipei main station.
What you can really expect
Can I Teach Illegally in Taiwan?
With no BA? Not a good idea....
Can I Teach for a couple of months?
Can I teach for the summer...?
Who Shouldn't Come
Some groups will have trouble...
When to Come
What's the best time?
Getting a Job
A few basic tips for finding jobs
Who to Teach
Where to Teach
Chains? Small School?
Are They Ripping Me Off?
Probably not, but you never know...
Questions to Ask Employers
Things to ask when you are overseas
Precautions against getting ripped off
What will my hours be like?
That key piece of paper...
What are they like?
Other Work and Links
Other jobs, links to other sites.
|Concotions sold in a night market.|
What is it like?
Steps, tips, what to expect
Pay and Benefits
Dollops of sense
Where to Work
What kind of schools should I look at?
Schedules & Workload
What can I expect?
Getting Along in the System
Ya gotta get along to go along...
Visit the Classified at Formosa.com for the latest in university positions....
burn ghost money in a temple in Taipei during Chinese New Year.
A hotpot served in a local college restaurant.
|The massive gate at the entrance to the memorial to the murderous dictator Chiang Kai-shek in Taipei.|
of Taiwan History and Culture
for Teachers in Taiwan
Managing your boss and those pesky mothers
in Taiwan, Returning to America
Government authorizes foreigners in every school; But there aren't enough! Where are you guys? These jobs pay up to twice as much as ordinary cram school jobs. So why is the program a failure?
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
days Taiwan will seem like this....
...just one puzzle after another...
But other days will end with feasting...
..and pleasant vacations at the beach.
|The setting sun lights up the suburbs of Wufeng and Taiping in Taichung county.|
races through a night market in downtown Fengshan.
College students wrap their brains around an econ test.
Traditional tofu invites modern shoppers at a vegetarian food store.
A ladybug clambers up a weed.
Recycling outside of Lukang in central Taiwan.
A drinks vendor in Hualien city.
A view of Taipei from Taipei 101.
Check out my page on Night Markets for a look at one of Taiwan's best traditions!
Take a gander at our morning hike on the ridges above Keelung.
A fun day at Leofoo Village Theme Park and Zoo!
Another fun day at Window on China!
Traveling on the East Coast: Hualien City, and stunning Taroko Gorge
Betel Nut Girls have become famous all over the world. Here's my picture page on Betel Nut Girls!
Family Visits are a blast! My Aunt and
Uncle come for a quick three days in Taiwan.
What are those small towns like? Here's
a look at one.
A visit to historic, aromatic, Tihua Street in
Taipei, Taipei's old spice and cloth retailing district.
neighborhood bakery. Brace
The stunning Suhua
Highway, cut into cliffs along the east coast. A must.
The Strange Shores of Hoping Island in Keelung Harbor are a great place to visit.Here's our day trip to Lukang,
one of Taiwan's most historic cities.
Fish markets are a blast! Here's a Morning at the Fish Market of the Port of Taichung
Taiwan offers many opportunities for short, pleasant hikes. Here's one up trail number 8 in Ta-ken! And here's trail number 7!
Take a look at the Bunung resort, run by the Bunung aborigines, in Taitung county.
A typical weekend of outings, this one around Keelung. Enjoy the reservoir and the Gold Ecological Park.
Taiwan's elections are full of energy. Here's
page with ads from a recent one.
National Palace Museum, one of the world's great Museums.
Farm and the Luye Tea District outside of Taitung make a
Moon Lake, the island's largest lake.
Some of the local museums can be really interesting. Here's the 921 Earthquake Museum in Wufeng.
Do the schools let you tag along? You bet! Here we are on a field trip
a mushroom farm!
The beautiful east coast can't be beat. Here
are some pictures from our trip in August of 2004.
Visit incredible Taroko Gorge and livable Hualien City just outside of it.
Taiwan in the old days: a National Geographic article from March, 1920
It's time for a day trip to the Hakka communities of Neiwan and Beipu!
Can we have fun in Taiwan? You bet! Our
weekend in Kenting National Park!
Here's our trip
to Taipei 101, the world's tallest building, in July, 2006
Can you travel from Taiwan? You bet! Here's
our trip to Sri Lanka in June of 2004.
Yung An Fishing Port and Fish Market in Taoyuan.
One of my students makes the Asian Sign of Picture Taking
Making onion cakes, a popular roadside vendor offering
Night on a Taichung street.
Making a trip to the market.
Motorcyclists race down a side street in Taichung.
Judging the English Speech Contest
Bonsai Exhibition in Taichung
Ta-ken Trail Number 6
Hiking with my friend Patrick
Chunghua Night Market in Taichung
Flower Market, Taipei
The Woodcarving Museum in Sanyi
Museum of World Religions
National Museum of Fine Art in Taichung
A weekend spent on the road to Hsinchu and Kaohsiung
Visiting Tainan and National Chengkung University
Politics: Rallying with Chiu Tai-san
Natural History Museum, Taichung
Talim visits Taiwan
Talim Pics Redux
The religious procession
Cleaning up after Talim
Visiting Changhua Teachers College
Weekending with Friends and Students
Some pictures from life
Weekending in Hsinchu
Hsinchu and my Father-in-Law's Exhibition
Chinese New Year 2006
Moments from Life
Graduation Pics with my Students
The Fourth Grade Singing Performance
Tripping to Taipei for the Blogger Meet-Up, having dinner with students
Swenson's Meetup, bumming around Taipei with friends
March 06 Swenson's Meetup Photos
Random Pics from Life
Pics from a Train Ride on the Mountain Line to Tainan
Appearing at the Blogging Roundtable at NCKU
Hiking With Sheridan's Fourth Grade Class
The Many Moods of Taichung
KTV at the Filipino Cantina in Hsinchu
Typhoon over Taichung
Hanging out wth the Anthro Guy
After forty days of rain
Accident and Aftermath
Taichung at Dusk
Taking Advantage of the Good Weather
A break in the rain
At work and play in Hsinchu, Hukou, and Taipei
The rainy season in Taiwan
A few Scenes from Life
Luye Tea District and Chulu Farm
Trying out the New Olympus
Hoping Island Redux
National Palace Museum
Folklore Museum, Taichung
Critter Photos from Hiking
Tripping to Tainan with my Son
Fengjia Night Market
Kaohsiung and the Love River
Xing Studios Opening
Driving the East Coast to Hualien
Tripping with the Anthro Guy II
Night Over Taichung
Life on the Train
The hardware market
Night and Day in Taipei
Camping at Sun Moon Lake
Taichung by Day and Night
Random Saturday Pics
Walkin' Round Pics
Taipei and Keelung pics
Shihsanhang Museum and Bali
Out and about Pics
New Year Random Pics
Random pics for Xmas
Drive By Shooting
Rolling the Car
Taichung Fish Market & Singing
Chinese New Year Random Pics
Yung An Fish Market
Dawn to Dusk in Tainan
Things Seen While Walking
Tungshih Forest Park
Taisugar Mall, Tainan
Judging the Speech Contest II
Eating with the Family in Keelung
The Blogging Conference in Taipei
Winter in Taipei
Hiking and Riding in Fengyuan
Visiting with Andrew and Jason
Saturday, in the park...
Temples and Alleys of Tainan
Here and there in Taiwan
Walking among the Hills
The Matsu Temple in Dajia
Checking out the Bells and Whistles
Say hello to the Powershot
Saturday of Political Stuff
1930s Japanese Firebase
Yungho and Yangminshan
A Betel Nut Girl serves a customer.
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