Kaohsiung is an industrial city on the southern coast of Taiwan. As the country’s second-biggest city after Taipei, it’s getting increasingly popular among expats living in Taiwan. It’s drier and warmer than Taipei, and more affordable. You definitely should not miss all the mouthwatering bite-size street snacks at Ruifeng Night Market, and having a cup of coffee outside at the Urban Spotlight park or the Ai (Love) River.
Here is everything you should know about teaching English abroad in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Kaohsiung’s population is estimated to be 2.8 million, making it the second-largest city in Taiwan. Its weather is tropical. The winters are sunny yet cool and dry, while the summers are hot and humid with lots of thunderstorms.
Typical English Teaching Job Requirements in Taiwan
- The native English speaking teacher from English speaking countries (CAN, USA, ZA, AUS, NZ, UK, IRE).
- With a bachelor or associated diploma with TEFL.
- At least 1 year with related teaching experience
- Stable, responsible and willing to commit to a year contract.
- Work permit, Health insurance & ARC/residence permit. provided. (Contact the agency or company/school for working permit details)
Typical Job Responsibilities
- 9:30-11:30 am (Monday – Friday)
- 20~30 teaching hours a week + non-teaching working hours
Compensation & Salary
- Hourly pay: NT600 – 700 (around $20)
- NT$50,000 – 75,000 per month as the monthly salary + bonuses.
- Various of bonuses
- End of contract bonus and annual re-signing bonus
- Health insurance
- perfect attendance bonus monthly
Some more fun facts about Kaohsiung, Taiwan:
- Kaohsiung has the largest international port in Taiwan, and one of the world’s largest container ports.
- It used to be a small fishing village named “Takao” in the 17th century.
- Most people in Taiwan speak Chinese nowadays, but Taiwanese used to be the most popular language and is still widely used.
- There’s a famous Monkey Mountain west of downtown Kaohsiung that’s full of monkeys!
- You’ll find music garbage trucks in Taiwan, which is quite unique and typical. The garbage truck plays music telling everyone that’s it’s time for throwing trash in the evening, 5 days a week.
- There’s a thing called Receipt Lottery in Taiwan, so when you buy anything, your receipt would have a lottery number. It works in a two-month cycle, and there are apps to scan and keep track of all your receipts as well as notify if you won at the end of the cycle. This was started to get smaller businesses to provide receipts and record their profit correctly.
Why Teaching English Abroad in Kaohsiung, Taiwan?
The official currency of Taiwan is New Taiwan dollar (NT$). Depending on where you teach, your English teaching monthly salary range in Kaohsiung would look like this:
- Big chain schools (aka “buxibans” or “cram schools”): ~ 1,400 – $2,400. These schools are popular among foreigners to start out teaching ESL. Students here are taught and communicated to 100% in English.
- Public schools: ~$1,700 – $2,200. Most of the ESL teaching jobs at public schools in Kaohsiung would be for high school level. ESL teachers are required to work during regular office hours (8:30 am – 5 pm) and do some other administrative work besides teaching.
Other than those two common options, you can also find jobs at foreign-run buxibans or American or international schools, which pay a lot better yet are more competitive and demanding. Most of the students there are from wealthy Taiwanese families or expats currently living in Taiwan. You can also tutor one-on-one or small groups of adults or children, or teach at universities in Kaohsiung.
The rent in Kaohsiung costs around $150 to $300 for a one-bedroom apartment or a room in a shared flat. It’s much cheaper than what you would pay in Taipei. But as Kaohsiung is developing fast, there are expensive luxurious accommodation options in downtown Kaohsiung as well. However, for ESL teachers, rent is usually covered by your employer. Overall, the cost of living is very affordable in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Learn more about ESL teaching job salary, benefits and the cost of living in Taiwan here >
ESL Teaching Job Opportunities in Kaohsiung
You can find a list of ESL teaching jobs in Kaohsiung, Taiwan here or join our Teach English Abroad Facebook group to see daily job postings and connect with fellow ESL teachers in Taipei. If it’s all too confusing and overwhelming, fill out this application form for Teaching Abroad Positions at Niteco and we’ll help you find the most suitable English teaching job opportunity in Kaohsiung or other popular cities in Taiwan such as Tapei or Taichung.