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Expat Report Culture Shock in Taipei, Taiwan was published
Culture-Shock-in-Taipei
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Give yourself time to adjust. Find the local expat hangouts and try to network so that your not too much on your own. (Continue)
Expat Report Review of Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan was published
Review-of-Taipei American School
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
It is wonderful. I was at first skeptical, due to the older appearance of the campus, and some of the leeriness of admissions staff, but I was so surprised. The upper school has a great counseling program for academics, issues, and college counseling. My daughter has a health problem, and the staff and teachers have been unbelievably wonderful in helping us through a rough time! (Continue)
Expat Report Review of Taipei European School British Section in Taipei, Taiwan was published
Review-of-Taipei European School British Section
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The primary school is in a new campus with excellent facilities. Sports hall, running track, a large amount of outdoor play area (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan
Review-of-Taipei American School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The facilities are old and many spaces are in the process of being updated. There are plenty of extra-curricular activities. The activities for K-5 are pricey and hard to get into at times. The school tends to be a hub of activity for both students and parents and is a popular place to just hang out. (Continue)
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Could you tell me the pros and cons of TAS vs. TES (British section), especially with regards to lower/middle elementary school years?
A reader replied recently with:
This review is outdated. This a transition program in place in the MS to assist all new students. New US building opened in 2012; MS and LS expansion to happen in 2013. English is the most common language heard in hallways, playground and cafeteria. Many students attend K-12 so it can be hard for new students to join established friend groupings if they are shy and do not join in clubs/sports. MS has more club and sport opportunities than TES where my children previously attended. MS has implemented a transition program for new students; it was very helpful. Curriculum is advanced and expectations are higher than at other international schools in Taipei - my children were at TES previously.
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Expat Report Review of Taipei European School in Taipei, Taiwan was published
Review-of-Taipei European School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Many extra curricular activities. Lots of sports despite limited facilities. Good drama and music clubs in secondary. Primary is on a new campus. Facilities in secondary are good but need improving although what is there is used well. Lots of clubs like MUN (Model United Nations), environmental club etc. IT facilities good. Lots of teaching technology like whiteboards (interactive). (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan
Review-of-Taipei American School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
The school has a nice campus that is badly in need up updates. Ther are many opportunities for after school activities. The ones for elementary school are pricy. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
If you are coming from the "west" this is a diffcult school to enter in High School. The administrators do their best to discourage honors placement of western children because they only want Asians performing at the highest level. Your kids just try to figure it out on their own. And parents have to fight for every high level class. School only wants grade 5 on AP tests when in fact colleges will take a 3, 4 or 5. Super competitive, thanks to this. No welcoming committee for new parents. PTA is a competitive, unfriendly organization which is typical of all PTAs, but more so in Taipei.
A reader replied recently with:
Coming new to this school in High School is very difficult. For children, the administration does not help out at all. You as the parent have to fight for every class option for your child as they only want the Asians in the top classes. They consider white people stupid. For parents there is NO welcoming committee, PTA is closed minded and not welcoming. Good luck!
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Expat Report Dating and Marriage in Taipei, Taiwan was published
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What is it like in your country of residence for someone with your relationship status (married/divorced/dating)? If you're single, how do you meet other people? Do English-speaking people tend to gravitate to certain parts of your city?
Single "western" women don't have a very good chance of dating here. Single foreign men tend to date local women and there aren't many chances to date the local men either. If you're a single woman in your late 20's or older and want to date, then you may be disappointed while in Taipei. This is the case for every single foreign woman I have met in Taiwan. There are many bars/pubs where "expats" or foreigners tend to go. There are also "social" groups for many nationalities/cultures. (Continue)

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