Remember, cultural differences exist in every country, it's just that we may be so familiar with them that they seem less odd to us. It’s important to remember that what is odd in one culture is completely normal in another.
1. You’ll really be teaching in China…depending on who you ask
While you might know that modern day China (People’s Republic of China) claims ownership of Taiwan, you might not know that Taiwan (referred to Republic of China) also claims ownership of China! It dates back to post World War 2 when the PRC Communist Party took control of mainland China and the previous government were forced to flee to the island of Taiwan.
2. Taiwanese students are extremely hard working
3. Gender equality is the highest in Asia
4. Students live really close to school
5. Your students will go crazy for baseball
6. You should get a scooter to commute
Scooters rule the roads of Taiwan as they are a cheap and extremely convenient way to get around. While public transport is good, it’s not half as fun! You may think that there isn’t any organization and everything seems crazy. And you’re probably right, but like the saying goes, if you can’t beat them join them! Many teachers in Taiwan buy a scooter to take them to and from work and also explore the island on their time off.
7. 7/11s are everywhere and not overpriced
Unlike in the West where you pretty much only go to a convenience store if nothing else is open, 7/11s in Taiwan are located everywhere and anywhere. And unlike back home, they actually aren't expensive. They have a great range of microwavable food that will save you during your lunch break or at the end of a night out.
8. Teachers’ day is more celebrated
9. There’s more to Taiwan than just Taipei
Although Taipei is a world-class city, home to over 2.5 million people, there is more to Taiwan than simply Taipei. Many teachers outside of Taiwan have their hearts set teaching in Taipei and struggle to find work. It’s a shame that more people don’t realize that there’s so many fantastic cities in Taiwan to teach in. Take into consideration that a state-of-the-art fast rail system services most of the Island that you can travel from north to south cheaply in mere hours.