Why HESS?
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Why HESS?
Teacher Training
HESS Benefits
NT$ Calculator

Why HESS?

Our teachers come from all walks of life, and they come to Taiwan for many reasons.

Whether you are looking for a new adventure or looking to further your career in education, HESS provides you with an established environment that allows you to hone your teaching skills, gain interpersonal communication skills, and provides professional development, and personal growth opportunities.

Why HESS?

Our teachers come from all walks of life, and they come to Taiwan for many reasons.

Whether you are looking for a new adventure or looking to further your career in education, HESS provides you with an established environment that allows you to hone your teaching skills, gain interpersonal communication skills, and provides professional development, and personal growth opportunities.

Why HESS?

Our teachers come from all walks of life, and they come to Taiwan for many reasons.

Whether you are looking for a new adventure or looking to further your career in education, HESS provides you with an established environment that allows you to hone your teaching skills, gain interpersonal communication skills, and provides professional development, and personal growth opportunities.

Melbourne, Australia
Hone your skills
 Worked in New Taipei City

Mike is originally from Melbourne, Australia. He has been very successful here. Like almost all of our senior staff members, Mike started as an NST (Native-Speaking Teacher) and has, through hard work and dedication, developed professionally to fill several other roles, including HNST (Head Native-Speaking Teacher) and ARC (Area Recruitment Coordinator).

Perhaps out of humility, Mike did not mention that he was heavily involved in the interior design of the flagship HESS branch that he now teaches at. Mike is an excellent example of how NSTs can grow within HESS, developing their skills as well as their resumes. He recently tied the knot with his Taiwanese partner and now lives with him in the Greater Taipei area.

He speaks about how he remembers trying to decide whether to travel and teach in Korea, Japan, or Taiwan. After weighing the pros and cons of each country, he ultimately decided on Taiwan for its open and ground-breakingly liberal society as well as the relaxed teaching environment compared with other Asian countries.

Dallas, Texas, USA
Looking for a life-changing experience
 Worked in Taipei City

Chad is from Texas, in the good old U.S. of A. He went through the HESS Initial Teacher Training in August 2011 and has since been living and teaching in the Greater Taipei area of northern Taiwan.

In mid-2011, Chad found himself in a position that most of us have been in at one time or another. Chad was not happy with the job that he had in the U.S. and was longing for the opportunity to travel. Chad recalls the day that he made the decision to take a leap and leave his mundane job back home, jump on an airplane, and begin his adventure in Taiwan.

Yorkshire, England
Keen interest in learning Mandarin
 Worked in Keelung City

Chloe is from Yorkshire, England. She had a keen interest in learning Mandarin and therefore decided that Taiwan was a great option for her to immerse herself in the language. Chloe speaks about her decision to come to Taiwan with the desire to learn Mandarin as well as experience the warm-natured Taiwanese people that she had heard about from a friend.

Chloe lived and worked in Keelung, which is north of Taipei City. Keelung is well-known for its many festivals and traditional celebrations. Keelung boasts bustling night markets filled to the brim with seafood, ancient temples, and pagodas. The best month to check out Keelung is during Ghost Month, when numerous customs and celebrations take place. Keelung is also near several of Taiwan’s northern beaches.

We’re excited to welcome Chloe on board at the HESS Korea branch! She’s one of several NSTs who started in Taiwan and moved on to teach at our overseas schools in China, Korea, Singapore, or Vietnam. We’ve even connected outbound teachers to our sister schools in Japan!

Stevenage, England
Teaching Abroad
 Worked in Taipei City and Beijing

For some, living and working abroad isn’t just a gap year—it’s a way of life! Follow Stephen Collier as he walks you through the experiences that led up to him teaching with HESS and the reasons he continues to stay in Taiwan. As Stephen can attest, teaching English isn’t just a way to make ends meet, it’s a way to shape your future.

Melbourne, Australia

Searching for a new challenge

 Worked in New Taipei City


Mike is originally from Melbourne, Australia. He has been very successful here. Like almost all of our senior staff members, Mike started as an NST (Native-Speaking Teacher) and has, through hard work and dedication, developed professionally to fill several other roles, including HNST (Head Native-Speaking Teacher) and ARC (Area Recruitment Coordinator).

Perhaps out of humility, Mike did not mention that he was heavily involved in the interior design of the flagship HESS branch that he now teaches at. Mike is an excellent example of how NSTs can grow within HESS, developing their skills as well as their resumes. He recently tied the knot with his Taiwanese partner and now lives with him in the Greater Taipei area.

He speaks about how he remembers trying to decide whether to travel and teach in Korea, Japan, or Taiwan. After weighing the pros and cons of each country, he ultimately decided on Taiwan for its open and ground-breakingly liberal society as well as the relaxed teaching environment compared with other Asian countries.

Dallas, Texas, USA

Looking for a life-changing experience

 Worked in Taipei City


Chad is from Texas, in the good old U.S. of A. He went through the HESS Initial Teacher Training in August 2011 and has since been living and teaching in the Greater Taipei area of northern Taiwan.

In mid-2011, Chad found himself in a position that most of us have been in at one time or another. Chad was not happy with the job that he had in the U.S. and was longing for the opportunity to travel. Chad recalls the day that he made the decision to take a leap and leave his mundane job back home, jump on an airplane, and begin his adventure in Taiwan.

Yorkshire, England

Keen interest in learning Mandarin

 Worked in Keelung City


Chloe is from Yorkshire, England. She had a keen interest in learning Mandarin and therefore decided that Taiwan was a great option for her to immerse herself in the language. Chloe speaks about her decision to come to Taiwan with the desire to learn Mandarin as well as experience the warm-natured Taiwanese people that she had heard about from a friend.

Chloe lived and worked in Keelung, which is north of Taipei City. Keelung is well-known for its many festivals and traditional celebrations. Keelung boasts bustling night markets filled to the brim with seafood, ancient temples, and pagodas. The best month to check out Keelung is during Ghost Month, when numerous customs and celebrations take place. Keelung is also near several of Taiwan’s northern beaches.

We’re excited to welcome Chloe on board at the HESS Korea branch! She’s one of several NSTs who started in Taiwan and moved on to teach at our overseas schools in China, Korea, Singapore, or Vietnam. We’ve even connected outbound teachers to our sister schools in Japan!

Stevenage, England

Teaching Abroad

 Taipei City and Beijing


For some, living and working abroad isn’t just a gap year—it’s a way of life! Follow Stephen Collier as he walks you through the experiences that led up to him teaching with HESS and the reasons he continues to stay in Taiwan. As Stephen can attest, teaching English isn’t just a way to make ends meet, it’s a way to shape your future.

Our Teacher Training Program

Our Teacher Training Program

HESS Adventure - English Teacher

You never taught English before?

If you have never been a teacher before, don’t panic! Learn how to teach English effectively with HESS. HESS has more than 30 years experience in curriculum development, classroom teaching and teacher training. Check out the the details of our training program below.

HESS Adventure - Benefits -1st Year Training Program

1st Year Training Program

1st Year Training Program

1-day follow-up trainings are held for all new teachers three times in their first year. They are held after 1, 3, and 6 months of teaching. A wide range of teaching and educational psychology topics are covered. Trainings provide a wealth of practical advice and tips from experienced trainers and colleagues. They are also great opportunities to see friends and share your incredible experiences as teachers and foreigners in Taiwan.

HESS Adventure - Benefits-TEFL Certification

TEFL Certification

TEFL Certification

Teachers are awarded a HESS TEFL Certificate at the end of their first year. This encompasses initial training, branch training, 1-, 3-, and 6-month follow-up trainings, and a minimum of 800 hours of practicum teaching. As they are part of your career and on-the-job development, all trainings are free and mandatory regardless of previous experience or education.

HESS Adventure - Benefits - Curriculum Training

Curriculum Training

Curriculum Training

We have set curricula with a full range of support materials such as flashcards, posters, digital media, and other visual aids, and classes are clearly structured. This means you don’t have to spend long hours compiling materials and writing your own lesson plans. In training, you will be equipped with simple yet effective teaching methods and systems that will allow you to use these materials well and enable your students to succeed.

HESS Adventure - Benefits -Free Training Accommodation

Free Training Accommodation

Free Training Accommodation

During the initial training, we will set you up in a nearby hotel and cover the cost. The hotel is within walking distance of Main Office, where the trainings are held. Located in the heart of Taipei City, the hotel has easy access to the Taipei MRT (subway).

Not only are there many places to eat, a supermarket, and lots of coffee shops nearby, the computer market is also a short walk away so you can find everything you need to get set up. As most of the trainees stay in the hotel, you will have friends to go explore with and other people to help you prepare for training activities.

HESS Benefits

HESS Benefits

With a starting pay of NT$620–660 per teaching hour (based on experience and qualifications), you can easily save money and pay off your student loans. There are no office hours and no required time at your school other than when you have a class. If you would like to prepare for your classes at home or outside the school, that’s OK! Every month our teachers receive a stipend of NT$3,000 for preparing their lessons and for other teaching related duties. Additionally, we like to keep our classes between 9-20 students. In the event that you teach a class larger than 20, you’ll be compensated with a higher hourly rate for every additional child that is added to the class.

Flexible Hourly Pay Rate & Classroom Performance Bonus

After receiving your HESS-sponsored resident visa, we will apply for your national health insurance coverage. This costs you typically NT$300–500 a month (depending on income and area) which is automatically deducted from your salary. (That is a small fraction of the total cost. HESS and the government pay the remainder.) The net effect is that you get extremely cheap access to Taiwan's well-equipped health system, including dental, eye care and even traditional Chinese medicine.

Nationalized
Health Insurance

During your first month, we try and ease you into teaching by gradually increasing your workload. After that, we guarantee a minimum of 20 teaching hours per week, averaged over the month. Unlike some other schools, you’ll always have a guaranteed base to your salary, with the ability to take on more if you’re looking to make extra cash.

Guaranteed
Teaching Hours

Once a year, teachers are appraised and given raises. Raises apply to your hourly pay rate and are up to NT$40/hour, depending on performance and professionalism. The ceiling pay rate of NT$800 per hour can be reached after four or five years of good appraisals.

Beyond this, HESS offers two types of contract bonuses. You will receive NT$10,000 in your 18th month’s pay for renewing your contract for a second year. Then an additional NT$15,000 will be given as a contract completion bonus in your 24th month (after completing your second yearlong contract). The contract completion bonuses then increase at the end of the third year to NT$20,000 and again to NT$30,000 at the end of every year thereafter. The longer you stay, the more we pay!

Regular Raises and Contract Bonuses

Every time a class advances levels, if more than 90% of the students return, teachers receive a scaled bonus. The amount of the bonus varies between courses, and the maximum is NT$50,000 per year. On average, most teachers earn an extra NT$10,000 per year from this bonus.

Additionally, we like to keep our classes between 9-20 students. In the event that you teach a class larger than 20, you’ll be compensated with a higher hourly rate for every additional child that is added to the class.

Classroom Performance Bonuses

We understand that there are lots of start-up costs involved when you move to a new place, so we want to help. HESS branches offer an optional interest-free start-up loan to new teachers. The maximum amount is NT$30,000 per person. You may take up to six months to pay this back. Most teachers use this loan to help them set up their new apartments.

Interest-Free Set-Up Loan

With a starting pay of NT$620–660 per teaching hour (based on experience and qualifications), you can easily save money and pay off your student loans. There are no office hours and no required time at your school other than when you have a class. If you would like to prepare for your classes at home or outside the school, that’s OK! Every month our teachers receive a stipend of NT$3,000 for preparing their lessons and for other teaching related duties. Additionally, we like to keep our classes between 9-20 students. In the event that you teach a class larger than 20, you’ll be compensated with a higher hourly rate for every additional child that is added to the class.

Flexible Hourly Pay Rate & Classroom Performance Bonus

After receiving your HESS-sponsored resident visa, we will apply for your national health insurance coverage. This costs you typically NT$300–500 a month (depending on income and area) which is automatically deducted from your salary. (That is a small fraction of the total cost. HESS and the government pay the remainder.) The net effect is that you get extremely cheap access to Taiwan's well-equipped health system, including dental, eye care and even traditional Chinese medicine.

Nationalized
Health Insurance

During your first month, we try and ease you into teaching by gradually increasing your workload. After that, we guarantee a minimum of 20 teaching hours per week, averaged over the month. Unlike some other schools, you’ll always have a guaranteed base to your salary, with the ability to take on more if you’re looking to make extra cash.

Guaranteed
Teaching Hours

Once a year, teachers are appraised and given raises. Raises apply to your hourly pay rate and are up to NT$40/hour, depending on performance and professionalism. The ceiling pay rate of NT$800 per hour can be reached after four or five years of good appraisals.

Beyond this, HESS offers two types of contract bonuses. You will receive NT$10,000 in your 18th month’s pay for renewing your contract for a second year. Then an additional NT$15,000 will be given as a contract completion bonus in your 24th month (after completing your second yearlong contract). The contract completion bonuses then increase at the end of the third year to NT$20,000 and again to NT$30,000 at the end of every year thereafter. The longer you stay, the more we pay!

Regular Raises and Contract Bonuses

Every time a class advances levels, if more than 90% of the students return, teachers receive a scaled bonus. The amount of the bonus varies between courses, and the maximum is NT$50,000 per year. On average, most teachers earn an extra NT$10,000 per year from this bonus.

Additionally, we like to keep our classes between 9-20 students. In the event that you teach a class larger than 20, you’ll be compensated with a higher hourly rate for every additional child that is added to the class.

Classroom Performance Bonuses

We understand that there are lots of start-up costs involved when you move to a new place, so we want to help. HESS branches offer an optional interest-free start-up loan to new teachers. The maximum amount is NT$30,000 per person. You may take up to six months to pay this back. Most teachers use this loan to help them set up their new apartments.

Interest-Free Set-Up Loan

HESS offers you guaranteed minimum teaching hours per week, conveniently spread out over every month.

This flexible module allows for safe budget planning and time flexibility, so that you can invest your time to your personal interests or take on additional teaching hours if you so wish!

Find out more about our higher starting salary rates, paid prep work and additional bonuses above!

  • HESS offers you guaranteed minimum teaching hours per week, conveniently spread out over every month.
  • This flexible module allows for safe budget planning and time flexibility, so that you can invest your time into your personal interests or take on additional teaching hours if you so wish!
  • Find out more about our higher starting salary rates, paid prep work and additional bonuses below!

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    • Teaching abroad at HESS is an amazing way to see the world without breaking the bank.
    • HESS’ flexible contract and competitive package based on experience and qualifications allows for the time and financial flexibility to do some sightseeing—as soon as your second year stay!
    • See for yourself using our easy-to-use calculator, conveniently separated by country.
Taiwan
China
South Korea

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Teaching abroad at HESS is an amazing way to see the world without breaking the bank.

HESS’ flexible contract and competitive package based on experience and qualifications allows for the time and financial flexibility to do some sightseeing — as soon as your second year stay!

See for yourself using our easy-to-use calculator, conveniently separated by country.

Taiwan
China
South Korea
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