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I am often emailed questions about teaching in Taiwan. Most people assume I teach the English language to those who speak Chinese as a first language, but I am actually a certified teacher who works at an international school. I taught in American public schools for four years before moving to Taiwan. In Taiwan, I teach middle school language arts and social studies. My husband teaches middle school mathematics. Although our students come from all over the world, nearly all of them are fluent English speakers, and our school uses the same curriculum-- the Common Core Standards-- and materials that schools do in the United States.

As far as finding a job overseas, certified teachers should check out the following recruitment companies: International School Services and Search Associates. I was hired for my position in Taiwan at an I.S.S. Boston job fair in February 2012. My husband was hired for his position after we had been living in Taiwan for three years. During our gap year from 2018-2019, we found I.S.S. to be more useful to us than Search Associates. I.S.S. has an iFair, and during its iFair, we got interviews with the best school in Chile, and I even received a job offer. In the end, we decided to return to Taiwan so that my husband can teach what he wants to teach-- middle school math-- instead of elementary. All of our other interviews during our gap year came from contacts and emailing schools directly. 

Before accepting any position at an international school, I would check out International Schools Review (but please read everything with a grain of salt). Also, see if the school will give you contact details for someone who currently works at the school or an employee who is also at the fair. This is a crucial step that will hopefully help you make an informed decision, and if the school hesitates or refuses, I would read that as a huge red flag.

It is important to keep in mind that there are all kinds of international schools; I just read an article that stated there are 8,000 international schools in the world today. There are some non-profit schools, many for profit schools, a handful of embassy linked schools, and quite a few ESL schools masquerading as international schools, so it's important to do a lot of research so you know what kind of situation you are getting yourself into.

After my six years abroad, I have learned that teaching abroad requires all the flexibility and adaptability you possess as well as a very healthy sense of humor. However, for the adventure and the insane financial perks, we find the lifestyle perfect for our family!

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