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What are the requirements to teach at Shane English School Taiwan? 


All teachers are required to be native English speakers with a full university degree and a teaching/TEFL certificate (or willingness to gain one). Associate degrees are accepted but must be coupled with a 120-hour (or more) TEFL certificate in order to get a work permit from the Taiwanese government.


When is the best time to apply? 


Positions at Shane English School Taiwan are available throughout the year, however, the majority of positions tend to become available during the summer months (June, July, August, September).


How far in advance should I apply? 


It’s always best not to rush, and some documents (such as the criminal background check) can take some time to get. So while the application process can take as little as a week, we recommend applying 2-3 months before your intended starting date. Applying ahead of time will also increase your chances of finding a position in your preferred location.


What does the application process entail? 


The application process entails completing our online application form, submitting the requested documents to the recruitment team, a written pre-interview task, and an interview via Skype or in person if you are currently in Taipei.


Which documents should I prepare? 


In order to check your eligibility for a work permit in Taiwan, the recruitment team will request colour scans of your passport information page, your degree certificate, and your teaching/TEFL certificate if you have one.


Can I choose which city I work in? 


The recruitment team will discuss your location preferences with you during the interview. Being flexible on location will increase your chances of securing a position close to your intended start date, whereas, if you’re set on a particular city you may need to wait until a position in your city of choice becomes available. But either way, contracts are tied to individual Shane branches meaning you will know exactly where you will be placed before signing a contract with Shane English School Taiwan.


How does the visa process work? 


As a medical check at a local hospital is required in order to get a work permit in Taiwan, all teachers enter Taiwan on a tourist visa which is then converted to a work visa at a later stage. Our schools will handle the entire visa process while teachers just need to pay the costs.


What documents will I need to bring? 


To get a work permit in Taiwan you will need to bring your passport, your criminal background check, and your original degree certificate. Please note that the government does not usually accept copies of your documents and may deny you a work permit without the original certificate.


What support will I get at school? 


Each city has a designated Director of Studies to help manage teachers and provide academic support. The Director of Studies is not only there to help you improve as a teacher, but also to provide assistance for any issues you may have at your school or outside of work. All Directors of Studies have extensive experience working at Shane schools and within the Shane system.


What support will I get outside of school? 


Shane English School Taiwan prides itself on teacher well-being and works hard to ensure all teachers have a memorable experience throughout their time in Taiwan. To achieve this, we have a team of local and foreign employees in Head Office who are willing and able to help teachers with any issues they may have. Head Office is only a phone call away.


Does Shane English School Taiwan offer short-term contracts? 


No. Due to work permit and operational requirements, Shane English School Taiwan only offers 12-month full-time contacts to English teachers. There are no short-term or part-time contracts available through Head Office.