The reasons people make the move to Taiwan to teach English vary. Some come for fun, some come just to experience something completely different and others come to make money. The reason you want to teach in Taiwan will be affected greatly by the number of hours you’ll be working. What hours do English teachers in Taiwan typically work? If you are coming for fun then knowing in advance the number of hours you’ll be working allows you to plan your daily activities outside of work with much greater ease. Luckily there is a standard workload that English teachers in Taiwan have and it is easy to get more or less if that is what you want.
You’ll probably be teaching about 20 hours a week if you apply at many of the most commonly found English cram schools. These schools hold English classes in the afternoons from around 4pm to 9pm. Since most are not open on Sunday, it is possible for one teacher to teach only 20 – 24 hours a week. As such this is the common number of hours many teachers work and it would be a good figure for you to use as an estimate to the hours you’ll also be working. Some schools may be able to offer you classes just after lunch and some, like kindergartens, will have classes scheduled in the mornings. Just keep in mind that teaching at kindergartens is illegal and while it does mean you’ll get more hours and make more money, it does come with the risk of being deported if you are caught working there.
Besides working illegally in a kindergarten, do teachers have any other possibly solutions to boosting the number of hours they work? There are plenty of other ways you can make money from teaching English without having to break the law. The most common solution is to just get a second job. Many schools have only a few hours available a week and they would love to hire someone who was just looking to teach 2 to 4 hours per week. Obviously you can’t live on this but when you take the hours from your first job and add in the hours from your second job, it can add up to be a decent amount of money every month. Some schools may be able to offer you much more than the usual 20 to 24 hours but this is the exception to the rule and isn’t very common.
Working in Taiwan as a teacher is easy when most schools will schedule around 20 to 24 hours per week. If you want more then you may need to ask the school first what the maximum number of hours are that they can possibly give teachers. If it isn’t enough then consider either finding another school or just applying for a second job. Getting a second English teaching job is a great way to earn some extra income from teaching in Taiwan. Just remember that the best place to find jobs is usually in the large cities.
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