The HESS Guarantee
Competitive Starting Wages and Flexible Work Hours
HESS offers guaranteed minimum teaching hours per week, conveniently spread throughout the month.
Our flexible schedule allows for safe budget planning and time flexibility, allowing you to invest your time in your personal interests and take on additional teaching hours as you like!
Find out more about our higher starting salary rates, paid prep work, and additional bonuses below!
Competitive Hours + Paid Prep Time
HESS offers a starting wage of NT$650–700 per teaching hour based on experience and qualifications, allowing you to save money and pay off your student loans easily. No set office hours or additional in-school time means having the freedom to do your class preparations in the comfort of your home or accommodations.
A stipend of NT$3,000 per month is provided for lesson preparations and other teaching-related duties. In addition, in keeping with HESS’ preferred class size of 9 to 20 students, teachers are compensated with a higher hourly rate for additional students enrolled per class when class sizes exceed 20 students.
Universal Health Insurance
Help is provided for the application of the national health insurance coverage after teachers receive their HESS-sponsored resident visa. A teacher’s portion of the health care payment (NT$300–500 per month) is automatically deducted and allows a teacher access to affordable access to Taiwan's well-equipped health system, including dental, eye care, and traditional Chinese medicine.
Guaranteed Teaching Hours
The initial workload is light and is gradually increased to help teachers ease into their new job in the first month. A minimum of 20 teaching hours per week, averaged monthly, guarantees that all teachers receive a base salary. Our flexible schedules allow teachers to take on additional classes to meet different financial needs.
Raises and Contract Bonuses
Teachers are appraised and given raises on a yearly basis. Raises apply to the hourly pay rate up to NT$40/hour, depending on performance and professionalism. A maximum pay rate of NT$800 per hour is possible after four to five years of good appraisals.
HESS offers two types of contract bonuses beyond this. Teachers can receive NT$10,000 in their 18th month’s pay for renewing their contract for another year. An additional NT$15,000 will be given as a contract completion bonus in the 24th month after completion of the second year-long contract.
The contract completion bonuses will be increased 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 teach with us, the more you will be paid!
Teachers receive a scaled bonus every time a class advances to the next level if more than 90% of the students return. The amount of the bonus varies between courses, with a maximum of NT$50,000 per year. On average, most teachers earn an extra NT$10,000 per year from this bonus.
Zero Interest Set-up Loan
We understand that there is a sizable start-up cost for starting anew, so HESS offers an optional interest-free start-up loan to new teachers. The maximum amount is NT$30,000 per person, with a six-month repayment period. Many of our teachers use this loan for such things as settling into new accommodations.
Our Teacher Training Program
Comprehensive training for both novice and experienced teachers. Learn how to teach English effectively with HESS even if you have never taught before. With over 30 years of experience in curriculum development, classroom teaching, and teacher training, HESS has created a comprehensive training program that helps HESS teachers learn and grow.
The first steps to being a HESS teacher
In addition to the initial training, follow-up trainings are held in the first, third, and sixth months of the first year for all new teachers.
A wide range of topics is covered, including teaching methodology and educational psychology, and a wealth of practical knowledge from our experienced staff is available to all HESS teachers.
There are many learning, teaching and friendship opportunities to be had as a HESS teacher in Taiwan.
The reward for your hard work
Teachers become HESS TEFL certified professionals after their first year, with the initial training, branch training, follow-up trainings, and a minimum of 800 hours of on-the-job experience under their belt.
As part of the teachers’ career and development, all training is free and mandatory, regardless of experience or education.
A full range of support for your learners
We have developed a set of curricula with a full range of materials, including flashcards, posters, digital media and visual aids.
This gives you the freedom to write your own lesson plans and have all teaching resources ready for use.
You will be equipped with simple and effective teaching methods through our training program, allowing you to give your students the best language-learning support they need.
Free Training Accommodations
Convenience to help you learn
Free accommodation for your initial training period is at a hotel within walking distance from our headquarter, where the training will be held.
Located in the heart of Taipei City, the hotel has easy access to Taipei’s MRT (subway) system, as well as various restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, and a computer market just a short walk away.
This gives you time to meet new friends, get settled in, and explore the city during your training.
Frequently Asked Questions
About the Orientation and Training
Will I receive orientation and training? How long will it be?
All teachers will receive orientation and comprehensive training, regardless of teaching education and experience. Our training program runs for 3 to 10 days, depending on the number of participants. Teachers will receive their free TEFL certification upon completion of their first year of training.
Where will I live during the orientation?
Free, convenient accommodation at a hotel near our main office in downtown Taipei is provided during the training period.
Do I have to pay to participate in the program?
All training is provided free to teachers, who are hired for the sole purpose of teaching English for HESS. In addition to free accommodation, we provide free TEFL training, as well as breakfast and lunch during the training period.
The orientation requires a good amount of energy, so you should try to get plenty of rest beforehand. Please consider arriving a day or two early to get over any jet lag. Our best advice is to dive right in and make the most of it. The more you participate, the better prepared you will be for the teaching experience.