Taiwan is an island off the southeast coast of China. It's got an exotic feel. Maybe it's the palms, the weather or the binlang xishi. See below and find out if it's for you.

1. You like it hot and humid

It can get pretty hot and it's definitely humid. Winters can be cool and it tends to be warmer in the south.

2. You like sunny weather

It's pretty sunny if you are not in Taipei or the rainy north of Taiwan.

3. You like majestic scenery

Taiwan's mountainous interior resembles the Rocky mountains. Some of it's interior can resemble the rainforest and the east coast somewhat resembles Hawaii. However, the west coast of Taiwan is plains.

4. You like big mountains

The mountains here are big. They are mainly in the interior of the island. Yushan is over 12,000 feet.

5. You love the beach

Taiwan has some great beaches. In fact it has some of the best beaches in Asia. You'll find great beaches in the south of the island, on the east coast and on the surrounding islands.

6. You have some start-up cash

Most people get jobs in Taiwan by going there to find one. So you would need to show up with some cash for a bit of security until you find a job. I'd recommend at least $2000 after your plane ticket. You'll need money to find an apartment to rent (rent and deposit), maybe a scooter, a visa run and food until you get paid.

I have known people who have showed up with less and managed. You can always do some sub work if you need some quick cash.

7. You want to make good money

Average salaries in Taiwan can range from around 50-65,000 NT$. The average part time wage is 600 NT$ an hour. If you want to work you can get an evening job and a morning job and make even more money. Places like Korea or the Middle East (if you have experience) are better though.

8. You are a licensed teacher

If you are a licensed teacher (certified in your own country) then you can get a job working in a public school in Taiwan. TEFL/TESOL certificates do not replace them.

If you are not a licensed teacher don't worry as you can still find a job teaching in a buxiban (private language school).

9. You love fruit

Taiwan is known for it's delicious fruit. You will find a large variety of different kinds of tropical fruit.

10. You are a vegetarian

Taiwan is the best place for vegetarians in Eastern Asia. There are many restaurants here that cater to Buddhists who do not eat meat, garlic or onions. But don't worry the food is still tasty. And if you are not a vegetarian you will still find plenty of meat and fish dishes.

11. You want to learn kung fu

Martial arts are popular in Taiwan. It's a good place to learn Tai Chi, Wing Chung, Shaolin or other forms of Kung Fu.

12. You want to try binlang

Binglang or Betel nut is a common stimulant that is used in Taiwan. If you don't want to chew it then you might at least enjoy admiring the binlang beauties.

13. You want a scooter or motor bike

Scooters are the most common way of getting around. They are fun and convenient. There are millions of them in Taiwan. They do contribute to pollution though. If you live in Taipei you won't need one since the public transit system is so good. Koahsiung has a small MRT system and Taichung has one under construction.

14. You surf

If you surf then you'd want to find a home on the east coast or somewhere down south near Kenting. The Taiwan Strait on the west coast doesn't have much for waves.

15. You like earthquakes and big typhoons

Taiwan as well as Japan lies on the Ring of Fire which is very active area in the Pacific where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. August is typhoon season. It can rain very hard and get very windy.

16. You are a Buddhist or Daoist

93% of the residents of Taiwan are Buddhist or Daoist. Temples are abundant.

17. You want to live somewhere friendly

This little island is known for it's friendly people.

18. You like tea

Tea shops are abundant here as are shops that make fresh fruit drinks and other icy drinks.

19. You have an open mind

This is not specific to Taiwan, but it is to teaching abroad in general. If you don't have an open mind then I think it will be difficult. Things will be different. You may also enjoy reading Where should I teach? Taiwan, Korea, China or Japan?


#1 Charlie 2015-01-09 14:35
So true about vegetarianism - and veganism and gluten free too - Taiwan is just the perfect place with so many delicious goof options once you know where to look for them :)

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