What is the TFETP Program for teaching English in Taiwan?

The Taiwan Foreign English Teacher Program (TFETP) is a prominent initiative supported by the Taiwanese government. Its goal is to recruit international English educators for public schools throughout Taiwan, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with esteemed global programs like EPIK in South Korea, JET in Japan, and TAPIF in France. Participants of TFETP benefit from a competitive salary, complimentary round-trip airfare, and a suite of other advantages that will enhance their teaching experience in Taiwan.

For comprehensive insights, visiting the official TFETP website is recommended.

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What are the requirements for the TFETP program?

How do I apply for the TFETP?

What are the benefits of the TFETP?

What are the requirements for the TFETP program?

To be eligible for the Taiwan Foreign English Teacher Program (TFETP), candidates must primarily be native English speakers hailing from an English-speaking country. Additionally, they should possess a state-recognized teaching license from their home country. It is imperative to have a Bachelor's degree or higher, with the majority of it not completed through distance learning. A clean criminal background check from the applicant's country of origin and an internationally accredited TEFL or TESOL certificate further cement eligibility.

How do I apply for the TFETP?

Applications for the TFETP must be submitted online prior to the deadline of April 30. If you meet the prerequisites, you will be invited for an online interview. Successful candidates will be notified before June. Upon acceptance into the program, you must then apply for a work permit, and once obtained, apply for your Resident Visa. Your arrival in Taiwan is expected around mid-August, for orientation and contract signing. The contract spans one academic year until July of the subsequent year, with the possibility of renewal if the school chooses to retain you.

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What are the benefits of the TFETP?

The Taiwan Foreign English Teacher Program (TFETP) offers teachers a competitive remuneration package tailored to their academic credentials and relevant teaching experience in Taiwanese schools. Monthly salary brackets are as follows:

  • For those with a Bachelor's degree: Expect earnings between NT$ 62,720 to 78,045, which translates to approximately $2,000 to $2,500.
  • Holders of a Master's degree: Salaries range from NT$ 69,965 to 86,820, approximating $2,300 to $2,800.
  • Individuals with a Doctoral degree: Can anticipate a monthly wage from NT$ 73,025 to 91,420, or around $2,400 to $3,000.

On successfully fulfilling their contract terms, teachers may qualify for a performance bonus, contingent on their employer's assessment. A top 'A' rating can fetch an extra month's salary, whereas a 'B' rating can result in an additional half month's earnings. The program further enriches its offerings with benefits like overtime compensation, allocated paid vacations, and observance of all public holidays.

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