Whether you are a new teacher looking to jumpstart your teaching career, or a seasoned teacher looking to broaden your professional experience, with Foresight I.E.C., you can discover life in Asia and have a meaningful impact.
To all of our new teachers, welcome to the team! Congratulations on beginning this great adventure of teaching ESL abroad and joining us to make a difference in Taiwan. And to all of our returning teachers, welcome back!
At the beginning of each school year, we kick off with orientation week to ensure our ESL teachers are fully equipped with all the resources and support needed for a strong start to a successful year ahead. During orientation this year, our entire teaching and support team, including new and returning teachers, administrators, staff, and education consultants and advisors, gathered together for professional development and team building.
After living one, two, even three years in Taiwan, our teachers have a weath of knowledge and experience to share. We asked some of our veteran teachers to tell us about their experience living and teaching in Taiwan, including the best parts, the hardest things to adjust to, and what advice they have for incoming teachers.
Earlier this year, we welcomed new teacher Gillian Wall to visit us in Taiwan. In this post, Gillian shares about her personal experience living and travelling abroad, comparing her experience and impressions of different places in Asia.
For those who have never travelled to Asia and want to teach abroad, you might be asking yourselves, “Which country would be the right fit for me? What will it be like? How will I manage in a non-English speaking country?” I hope to bring a little bit of insight to you in this brief comparison between a few countries in Asia and my home country of Canada.
Ten years later, I haven’t forgotten the packing drama of the first time I moved abroad. The night before my flight, I was up late, clothes, books, and other miscellaneous items strewn across the floor, debating what to bring and what to leave behind. My destination felt so far, a year felt so long, and two suitcases felt like so little. Item by item, I made cuts, trying to guess what I could and could not live without. My suitcases, brand new and ready for my first international flight, were packed to the max with things that I later found out I really didn’t need to bring.
Editor's note: While there are many different train, bus, and air routes for destinations around Taiwan, this article focusses on public transportation within Taipei City.
This past June, I was given the opportunity to visit Taiwan with Foresight I.E.C. after winning their Free Flight to Taipei Contest. I was ecstatic to learn that I had won and was eager to ask FIEC many, many questions (which they were kind enough to answer and even Skype with me multiple times before going). Although I had learned about FIEC at my school's University Career Fair earlier this year, I had very little prior knowledge about Taiwan before going. That being said, once I arrived in Taiwan, I was immediately impressed by Taipei’s extremely organized and well thought-out transportation system.