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Don't be fooled by the name American. This is a Chinese School with a very few amount of westerners. Asian parents pushing their kids, not friendly administrators. White kids are seen as stupid. Big bullying problem. School asks for money all the time. Elementary school classes have kids who don't speak English. We moved our kids to the European School. More tolerant.
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After coming from 2 other "International Schools" this school is a Chinese School with the word American. The administration only cares about the wealthy Chinese parents. The board just asks for money parents whenever there is an event. And there is a lot of bullying of the whites that is ignored by the administration. And the Asian groups only help each other.
I am considering moving back to Taiwan. I spent a year there 10 years ago. I'm sure things have changed dramatically. The last time I was there I was working as a photographer, teacher, actor, and handled sales and marketing for a Taiwanese trading company. I have a BA in Broadcast Communications a TESOL certificate and experience teaching English in more than one country. I don't think it would be difficult to get back into the groove but.....I will now have my eight year old son in tow. I am doing research on what would be available to me for him. I.E schools, tutors, babysitters for when I can't be with him, etc. I am hoping to start hooking up with both expats and locals before I actually come there, because I do remember this: It is not what you know but who you know. If anyone on this site reads this, I would be truly grateful for any input you have. I do not want to move my son-who would follow after I have set things up-into a situation that would not be a positive experience. I am not going to be sponsored by a large company, but I do have some monthly income set up from the US, but would not be able to put him in an expensive private school. I'm thinking home schooling with the support of an online school that can help me with the curriculum. I do know from my last visit that there are groups of expats with kids that do a sort of home schooling group. I have not been able to find any info online and know I need to probably be there to find them. But I can hope. I'll be honest; I am not just considering this for him-exposure to the language and culture at this age would definitely be valuable- but also for me. I miss Asia and want to move back, but I do not want to be one of those parents that crams information and experiences down my sons throat with the misconceived idea that it is for his own benefit. I will probably come over in January of 2015 to check things out. I can do this easily because I can fly to pretty much any major international airport for free. Once again any input would definitely be appreciated. Thank you for time and consideration
I too have similar questions and concerns since I want to move with my boyfriend who is in Taiwan. I have an 9 year old son . I don't have any certificate to teach English and I'm not sure how I would earn a living in Taiwan. My guy will be teaching English while I'm at home and that is slightly terrifying. I'm a hairstylist and I'm told I wouldn't be able to do that in Taiwan. I just more concern about the kid. I wished some one would've responded to your post
Staying with a local family,independent room with bathroom inside,equipped airconditioner,nice natural scenery around...offer driving service
Our interest is not in working in Taiwan. We are retired and are looking for a place to live, at least for some several months. NOT interested in buying a place to live; not interested in working.
We would like to be in a city with good services (i. e., the light comes on nearly every time the switch is flipped; water flows when the tap is opened). Being able to interact with others of our age and language from time to time would be great.
Learning Chinese is beyond me. My Chinese friends here have tried to teach me some over the past year and have recommended I study something else.
Taipei seems to be larger and more spread out than we would want to deal with daily. But Taichung seems to be a more manageable size and is close enough to the capital when we would want to go to the symphony, or some other special event, or to fly somewhere else for a time.
Any full-time retirees living in Taichung willing to offer input and advice?
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We are "retired" and living in Taitung.
Check it out.
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Thanks for the input, Steve.
We will be in Taiwan most of April. We arrive in Kaohsiung on the 9th and will work our way northward checking out the major metropolitan areas for the possibility of a longer stay.