Generally speaking, no experience is necessary. We offer free training, and you’ll receive a lot of support from our teachers. However, having teaching experience is a plus, as you’ll be earning more from the start.
I don't have a teaching background. Can I still apply?
Yes, HESS will provide you with the training and support you need in order to develop into a great teacher. We also provide lesson plans that will give you step-by-step instructions for every class you teach.
Do I need to have a bachelor's degree in order to apply?
You will need either a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree and a TEFL (or equivalent) certificate.
Are there specific application deadlines, or can I apply at any time?
HESS hires year-round. During your interview, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your desired arrival and starting date.
How do I get my work permit and visa? Will HESS help my spouse or partner get a visa?
Yes. Our documents staff are experienced and trained to handle all the legalities of working in Taiwan. If you are coming with a legally married spouse, HESS can help your partner as well.
About the Job
Can couples, friends, or partners work for HESS?
Yes. Since we have many locations, we can work with you and your companions to find a school to work at, timing and availability permitting.
Does HESS offer short-term or summer contracts?
Only 12-month contracts are offered.
How long can I work for HESS?
All of our 12-month contracts are renewable, so it’s really up to you. In fact, over 100 teachers have been working for HESS for more than 7 years.
What is the workload like?
Most teachers teach between 22 and 26 hours per week, and you are guaranteed a minimum of 20 teaching hours per week. You will need to spend some time preparing lessons, but we have made sure all of our lessons are intuitive to teach, so this may only take 20 to 30 minutes to do. Besides some admin work like homework grading, the rest is up to you, and all of this is compensated for with an extra NT$3,000 per month on top of your monthly income.
Will I have weekends off?
There are no classes on Sundays, and while we offer classes on Saturdays, students prefer
taking classes on weekdays. The current percentage of teachers who teach on Saturdays is around 15%, and
most of these classes are in the mornings.
How much time off will I get?
There are about 12 national holidays in a normal year. In the first year, teachers will get 14 floating vacation days. This means that the days are not set, and you are free to decide when you would like to take a vacation. In your second year and beyond, you will receive an additional 30 days of leave.
How long are the lessons?
Class lengths vary depending on the class level you are teaching. Most classes are 2 hours long.
How old are the students?
Our students range in age from 3 to 16 years old.
How many students are in a class?
Our classes average around 15 students per class. We have a preferred limit of 20 students, so if classes surpass this limit, you’ll get a higher hourly pay for every student beyond 20.
Will I be teaching the classes by myself?
For most of your classes, a Taiwanese teaching assistant will be teaching with you. You will always be leading the classes, but you’ll get extra support from your assistant.
When will I know which school I’ll be placed at and what my schedule will be like?
You will be asked to give us your preferences during your interview and again when you get hired. You will receive the confirmed location of your school on the second day of orientation, and your manager will talk to you about your schedule.
Are there opportunities for growth?
Being the largest private education organization in Taiwan, there are lots of opportunities for career development. You can choose to take part in English education camps throughout Taiwan and Singapore, take on a management position at our schools, or be part of special projects like designing a specialized curricula at your school. If you decide you’re more interested in
operations, you can even choose to work at our corporate office. Generally, these opportunities are available after your first year.
Getting Set Up
How much money will I need when I arrive?
Besides your trip to Taipei, you’ll initially need around US$2,000 because you’ll be spending the first few weeks getting trained up and starting your first lessons. Also, due being paid monthly along with two weeks of training, your first pay check will be about 7 weeks after your arrival. (Rest assured that this is a completely normal and expected part of entering your new career.)
How do I find accommodation?
On your second day of the orientation, your manager will call you to discuss your housing needs. While you are completing the orientation, your manager will organize a few choices for you. You’ll then be given the opportunity to inspect the apartments and speak with the landlords before making your decision.
When does my health insurance coverage start?
All HESS teachers are covered by Taiwan’s National Health Care system. Coverage begins around 2 to 3 weeks after you arrive, so we recommend getting a simple travel insurance plan for the first month.
Can I bring my pet?
It is possible, but it will be expensive and involve a long quarantine process, so we generally suggest not bringing your pet. There are animal shelters in Taiwan and many teachers have chosen to adopt a pet while they are here.