Teacher Testimonials

Mike
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When I first accepted the job teaching English in Taiwan, I was excited but nervous. I had very little travel experience, I had never been to Asia, I knew next to no Chinese, and I had never taught in a classroom before. The horror stories that I found on Taiwan themed message boards only heightened my apprehension. But when I arrived in Taiwan to start my new job at Wordsworth SC1, I was greeted by a professional, helpful, and understanding boss who did everything possible to make me feel welcomed. At Wordsworth, my fair wages have always been paid on time without discrepancy, I have never had trouble using my allotted vacation time, and my boss has been understanding of sickness and family emergencies. I have always been given the space and respect to teach in a style that works for me, while also being respectfully challenged to be the best teacher that I can be. Adapting to life in Taiwan was surprisingly easy, and Taipei quickly became my home. I fell in love with this beautiful country and its friendly people, and there’s nowhere in the world that I would rather be. I think, however, that if I had taken a job with another school which has a reputation for treating its employees like faceless drones, my experience in Taiwan would have been quite different.

What started as an apprehensive jump into the unknown quickly became the greatest experience of my life. My one-year teaching adventure has turned into an indefinite stay in Taiwan. I would recommend Wordsworth to new and experienced teachers alike. It is a company that truly looks after its employees.

Jaclyn

Being completely honest, Taiwan was not the first country I looked at when I decided to teach ESL. It was a small, unassuming island I didn’t even know existed until I researched more job opportunities. What made me come to this country was the vote of confidence I received about SC1. I had heard horror stories about people’s experiences with bad schools, but I was assured that SC1 was in a completely different league. That fact has been proven again and again throughout my time here. After two years of teaching at this school, I have no regrets. I was allowed the opportunity to grow as a teacher in an environment where I wouldn’t drown under the pressure. It has become a place I love to work. From my students to my employer and coworkers, I have been inspired to grow as an educator by the people I’m surrounded by at this school.

Speaking on the country itself, Taiwan is filled with culture, people, and nature too kind and beautiful to ignore. Though my skills at getting lost have progressed at an unimaginable rate, I have come to love it here all the same.

 

Mark

I was working in China when I went to Taiwan on holiday. Within the first afternoon, I'd decided I wanted to live there. As soon as I got back, I applied for many jobs and was lucky enough to get a few interviews. What really stood out about SC1 compared to other schools during my interviews was the friendliness of the people already there. It seemed like the school really cared about their teachers not only enjoying their jobs, but also making the most of being in Taiwan. When I arrived, this was all proved to be true. But while I was working at the school, something else stood out more than anything: organisation. Having worked in China and now in Italy, I can honestly say that SC1 is the most organised school I've ever come across. This made working there so much better because I could focus on teaching without any unwanted distractions. This extended outside the school. When it came to things like visas, finding an apartment, applying for tax rebates and the other stuff that can be a chore in a new country, I was amazed at how the school handled it all. What I came to realise throughout my time there was that the school was working so hard to make things comfortable because they really cared about the teachers, not just as employees but as people, as friends. They wanted us to take as much as possible from our experience in Taiwan, and, with their help and generosity, I certainly did. I left Taiwan to be closer to my family in England. Had I stayed, I wouldn't have considered working in a different school. I still miss the school, the people and the country to this day.

Jon

Taiwan was a wonderful and very rewarding experience. Taiwan has so much to offer – vibrant cities, lofty mountains, chilled out beaches, fascinating culture, amazing food and above all warm, friendly, welcoming people. The school is a great place to work. The management, teachers and admin staff are excellent and all very supportive and easy going, which made it a nice environment to work in. I taught a wide range of age groups and levels. The learners were good fun to teach and I miss them a lot! The staff room is well stocked with teaching materials and resources and the teachers were always sharing ideas with each other, which helped make it a professionally stimulating place to work. I loved my time working at the school and living in Taiwan and would recommend it to anyone.

Alexandra

I loved my time working at the SC1! During the three and a half years I worked there, I learned how to become a better teacher with the help of the owner, senior teachers, and colleagues. Everyone at SC1 works hard to make classes instructive, creative, and fun! Because of my wonderful experience there, I have decided to make teaching my career. I also enjoyed my time in Taiwan because of the beautiful landscape, the fantastic food, and the welcoming people. If anyone ever tells me they’re interested in teaching abroad, I always recommend Taiwan and especially SC1!

Marcus

I moved to Taiwan knowing very little about it. On arrival, I immediately realised that I’d made the right decision. My plan was to stay a year and move on. However, after living there for 14 years, I finally tore myself away with a very heavy heart in 2015.

Taiwan is a wonderful place with a wealth of variety, colours and opportunities. For those with a healthy mindset, there is an abundance of sporting and fitness options, from yoga to football, gyms to snorkeling, cycling to scuba diving and from marathons to surfing. For foodies, the options are innumerable and plentiful, while for those who more nightlife inclined, well, Taipei is truly a 24 hour city. There are beaches, temples, mountains, rice paddies, National Parks and outlying islands to visit. Taiwan has it all, and yet its biggest asset and draw is its people, who are more warm, welcoming and friendly than you could ever imagine.

 

As for the Sanchong 1 school, the students enjoy fun, creative and engaging lessons, delivered by the dedicated teachers and supported by the management and staff as a whole. You will be supported and guided by the staff, who are incredibly helpful and kind, and who have a wealth of experience. The school is run fantastically and you will find it easy to fit right in.

I’m sure you will enjoy your life in Taiwan both inside and outside of work!

Emily
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Andy

I thoroughly enjoyed my one year working at Wordsworth English School in Sanchong. It was an amazing welcome to Taiwan, and I felt well and truly looked after throughout my entire time there. The school is very organized and well-run, with sufficient support from all the staff and fellow English teachers, so I felt I was equipped with everything I needed to teach with confidence from the start. All of the students I either taught or came into contact with were polite, interested and engaged and I felt that we both gained a lot from our time together at Wordsworth. I would absolutely recommend the school to both teachers and students, as the experience completely exceeded my expectations!

 

I started my first ESL job in late 2017 in Taiwan. Before researching where I wanted to teach I had never even heard of Taiwan. After getting some first-hand knowledge from teachers who were already here I knew this is where I wanted to go. I thought that it would be a bit of a worry moving to the other side of the world, to a country where I don’t speak any of the language and with no friends. After moving here I know it was 100% the best decision I could have made.

 

I love the country and the people and I have found that teaching is definitely my calling in life. I currently work at a Wordsworth school in Daya, Taichung. I love my school so much, everyone is so friendly and always checking that I am settling into the country fine and everything is going well for me. The school is only a small one so I know all of the kids personally which is so nice. The kids are the thing that make it such a great experience for me, they are always eager to learn and enjoy our lessons together.

 

If you are worrying about coming here with little experience then that is not an issue as Wordsworth has a full comprehensive training week when you first arrive. This will help you settle into teaching and show you what is expected for your next year with the company. I am very grateful to all of my colleagues at my school for making the experience so easy and for them being so welcoming to me. Taiwan is definitely a good country to start your first ESL job as everyone is so friendly, welcoming and laid back. You will love your time here and make friends and memories you will never forget. 

 

Colby Ferland

I had an absolutely wonderful time living and working in Asia, and I attribute that successful experience to 2 smart/lucky moves I made.

I spent time traveling throughout East Asia, and Taiwan struck me as the most ideal place to work, study, and maintain a good quality of life. Smart move #1.  It absolutely is. Taiwan offers the rare ability to have brunch in a trendy restaurant nestled in an affluent city neighborhood, go for an afternoon hike in the mountains and visit villages lost in time, and then return to a bustling Taipei night market packed with culture and good food before hitting the movie theater and returning home. It’s modern, it’s inexpensive, it’s cultural. All in a day’s work.

All that remained was the golden question: How to make a living? I applied around and found a job teaching at what is now Wordsworth SC2. Smart move #2.

 

Actually, probably more lucky than smart, as a first-time teacher it’s hard to really gauge a good employment contract/working experience not having worked for different schools to compare. I did spend some time subbing at various schools for extra cash, and wow, let me just say that I counted my blessings every time I did so. Apathy is cancerous in the cram school world. So many teachers and staff are just logging in the hours and getting their paychecks, it’s quite unfortunate.  If teachers and staff don’t care, the students don’t care, and it just leads to a miserable work environment. This is NOT the case at SC2.  The management is attentive, organized, and eager to offer advice and suggestions for their teaching staff. The TAs, on the whole, have been there for a long time and have developed a rapport with the students, which is integral for classroom management. The students are also clever and quite well behaved, mostly because they have structure and a staff that care.

Landing the Wordsworth SC2 job was icing on the cake for me. If you’re motivated and capable, Wordsworth SC2 offers the stability and quality of life that is prized among expats. Count yourself lucky to find a position such as that, they are few and far between.

 

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John Yacovelle

I still vividly remember the morning my flight from San Diego left for Taiwan back September of 2017. Sitting in the airport terminal thinking about how I have relatively no international travel experience nor have I ever lived so far away from home immediately engendered thoughts of apprehension. Even though I had studied some Chinese in college, I still became teary-eyed as I knew that I was about to venture into the unknown and my life would undergo drastic changes.

 

However, the second I arrived in Taiwan, these feelings began to subside as the people of Wordsworth Sanchong 2 understand that moving across the globe is not easy, and thus will be with you every step of the way as you make your transition from Western culture to Asian culture. Ultimately, this compassion for teachers then gets reflected on their compassion for the students as the teachers and staff of Wordsworth Sanchong 2 view their job as more than just a paycheck. Consequently, the students will respond to the positive environment they are in by showing an active interest in learning English, thus making the teacher’s job even easier. In fact, the relationships formed with the students easily became my favorite part of the job.

 

 However, the one of the biggest positives of working at Wordsworth Sanchong 2 is definitely the management. Never have I ever wondered if my hours are correct or if I am not being paid the correct wages. The school is incredibly well organized and this is something that it takes pride in.

 

In conclusion, teaching English at Taiwan sounds like a daunting task, luckily Wordsworth Sanchong 2 understands this and because of that understanding, I thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching there. It was an amazing adventure that gave me memories that will last a lifetime. If you are interested in teaching abroad, you can’t go wrong with Wordsworth.

 

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 Olivia
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After graduating from college, I knew that I wanted to live in Taiwan, study Chinese, and teach English. What I didn’t know was how to find a quality teaching job, having no prior experience. When I arrived in Taiwan, Wordsworth welcomed me and provided me with all of the resources I could’ve asked for. Not only did they help me find excellent housing, but they also helped me find my footing as an English teacher. Thanks to Wordsworth, I gained some really valuable career skills that I’ll be able to take with me outside of the classroom setting.

Throughout my year at Wordsworth, I was able to pursue my goals of studying Chinese, exploring the nature of Taiwan, and traveling around Asia. I never once felt overworked or under-compensated during my time there. My experience at Wordsworth was nothing short of life-changing, and I would recommend it to anyone who is seeking an EFL teaching environment that prioritizes professionalism and mutual respect.

 

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