Jack is from the UK, and after he finished his first year teaching English in Taiwan with HESS, he had to make a decision. He came to Taiwan with a one-year plan for an overseas experience, but now that his contract is was at an end, was he ready to leave?
Imagine life filled with fireworks, kung fu, red lanterns, karaoke, hot springs, pushcart vendors, tai chi, fried rice, cute kids, and students who want to learn. Now imagine enough income to take it all in! You can sample all this and more and still save money when you are teaching English with HESS.
Since we are the largest language school in Asia, we have the flexibility and options to place you at a branch that meets your goals. Our recruiters, all former teachers themselves, know Asia well and understand which teachers do well in which areas. Let us guide you in making one of the most important decisions of your life.
One of the most common reasons for people to teach abroad is because they want to travel. Traveling is one of the most eye-opening experiences a person can have. The problem with it, however, is that it can be expensive. Fortunately for you, by financing travel with well-paying TEFL teaching jobs, you can see the most exotic places on earth. For example, Taiwan offers some of the most amazing sights and activities in Asia. But even more than that, it’s a central location to take a quick flight to China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and the rest of Southeast Asia.
The world is getting smaller. Take this opportunity to see exciting new places, meet interesting people, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Gain an international perspective that you'll never get staying home. Get lost to find yourself.
Tired of your menial job as a server, bartender, or cubicle monkey? Drop all that and do something that makes a difference in the world. Get experience in a needed and valuable field instead. Learning to teach gives you solid teaching skills you can use later. Not only do you learn how to manage a group of people, the ins-and-outs of education theory, and mastery of the English language, but you also gain skills in organization, leadership, and time management. All of these skills obviously transfer very well to other industries. Plus, it looks way better on a resume than “server at Applebee’s”.
Take some of that paycheck and sign up for a language class. Speaking Mandarin can’t hurt in our globalizing economy. Plus, few things impress locals more than a foreigner who can keep up with the conversation. And remember, adding a second language is another huge resume booster.
Hanging out with the same crew since high school? While you teach abroad, not only will you meet amazing people from different places and who speak different languages, but you’ll also have awesome co-workers who share a lot in common. Those who teach abroad are usually adventurous, intelligent, and social, so you won’t have any trouble fitting in with the crowd. The people you meet will be more than just friends; they’ll have an impact on your decisions, beliefs, and overall outlook on life.
When you teach abroad, you’ll find the cost of living in many places to be lower than your home country. Paychecks will be more than enough to live comfortably, and some schools will pay for housing and meals! With the surplus, you can spend some cash on the finer things like more exotic vacations or nights on the town in a new city. Or even better, you could put it away to deal with those monster student loans piled up back home. (You’re not alone!)
More and more expatriates start new businesses in their adopted homes. Many of these entrepreneurs are former English teachers who were ready to get creative and set out on their own. Become a travel photographer or blogger, open up a coffee shop near the beach, or start that something you’ve always dreamed of.
It’s also common for TEFL teachers to attend graduate programs at world-class universities while teaching at the same time. Many of these programs, in fields from international relations to environmental sustainability, are much less expensive than their counterparts in your home country, and these go-getters are able to simply pay out of pocket for cutting-edge degrees.
Finally have the chance to get away and enjoy a healthier culture. While you teach abroad, you’ll be paid for an average of 25 hours of work per week! With all that free time, you can take up new hobbies like yoga, kung fu, or even Ultimate Frisbee.
Healthcare costs in many Western countries (read: the U.S.) are out of control. Why not protect yourself while working in a country with better and cheaper health systems? For example, teaching jobs in Taiwan offer FULL healthcare AND dental in exchange for ONLY 13% average contribution from your paycheck each month! (Tax rates start at 18% and drop to 5% mid-year, so you actually pay less than the average for part of the year!) Got hurt climbing in the beautiful mountains on the weekend? No worries! Drop by the ER for a visit and pay less than US$10. Came down with a cold? Get a full week’s prescription of medicine from the clinic for US$4! Don’t worry, it’s not a hole-in-the-wall place, either. Hospitals here are state-of-the-art and run by some of the best (English-speaking) physicians in the world. Think about it …
Teaching abroad will change you. You’ll see yourself differently after even a few months. Being far away from everything familiar forces you to reach, grow, and bend in ways you didn’t think you could. You will learn to approach strangers who don’t speak a lick of English and somehow communicate your ideas. You’ll try new activities and learn about things you didn’t even know existed. You’ll have to find an apartment, open a bank account, and work with people from all over the world. You’ll learn to navigate different languages, cultures, and expectations. So extend yourself—dive into a new culture, inspire hungry minds, and become a better you. Teach abroad.