• Vietnam
    • Hanoi
52+ weeks


Salary / Benefits
1.Work permit costs covered by Joy
2.Full paid leave: up to 10 days of annual leave and up to 10 days of public holidays (one year contract applied)
3.Salary: Negotiable (paid in Vietnamese Dong)
4.Tax is payable on a progressive scale and averages around 11-12% for a typical full-time teacher
Bonus: conditional
Overtime payment
Dec 04, 2017
Feb 11, 2015
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About Program

1.Planning participative and communicative lesson with the teaching materials provided by Joy Language
2.Support promotion/festival events and take charge of open house demonstrations to help recruit students
3.Teaching at different levels and courses
4.Participating in professional development activities
5.Working with center manager to communicate with parents and support administration affairs
6.Writing student reports
7.Conducting placement testing
8.Teaching off-site

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As a foreigner, it is only legal to work in Taiwan if you have a work permit. Over the years, Joy has helped many teachers obtain their work permits and resident visas. To be eligible for a work permit and resident visa, you must:

  • Be a native English speaker from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
  • Have a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and bring the original to our office.
  • Sign a one-year contract with Joy.
  • Pass a medical examination.

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No, I don't recommend this program

Joy in Taichung was anything but a joy, worst work experince so far

Joy is a franchise cram school so I can't say that every school is the same but given the very bad experience I had at a school in Taichung, I cannot recommend them.

I worked for a Joy school in Taichung that was run by two people Tony and Rachel but at the rate some people seem to change their English names who knows what they are called today. Neither Tony or Rachel were what I would say are fluent in English. I learned what matters the most in creating an English school is do you have enough money to open a school.

I was lied to from day one. They lied about my pay, how they thought I was doing, my hours. I'll try to be succinct. First, I was forced to call in sick and missed one day of work in the first few weeks because I got terrible food poisoning and was in the hospital. I actually only missed one day of work even though I was anything but recovered. The acted like everything was fine. For missing one day of work I was penalized 20% of my first months pay. Zero understanding that food in Taiwan made me sick. This was bad enough and I should have just quit right there.

They frequently told me I was doing great and they were very happy with my work. Over the course of the next few weeks I often saw them interviewing other foreigners while I was teaching. I didn't think much of this at first until just by chance I recognized one of the people they interviewed in an internet café. I found out that Tony had told this guy that I was going to go back home in a few weeks and they needed a replacement for me. Wow! About this time I realized just how deceptive Tony and Rachel had been.

The school did not teach very high quality classes by any standard. The books had many mistakes and shockingly when I pointed out some of them, my English was called into question. Really? Its like they were offended that I had pointed out some mistakes. They actually wanted me to teach the incorrect English in their books.

These folks were the least professional managers I have ever had to deal with. Like a Taiwanese friend said it is "shameful" I was treated so bad.

Thankfully I was able to quit and find another school that treated me much better.

There are a few other things you should know about teaching in Taiwan that these websites don't seem to tell very often.

First, the Chinese teachers may act like your friends and hopefully you will make some good ones but in reality most seemed to hold a resentment towards me because I made more money than them and they felt they were better teachers. Thoughts like having to spend a lot of money on a plane ticket to get there never seem to cross their minds.

Second, you are mostly there because you are a foreign face and that is what the parents want to see.

Third, At the chain franchise cram schools any previous teaching knowledge or experience you have may be completely disregarded. Even if you actually want to really "teach" I found that I was usually unable to really do so. I would say that in many of the classes the kids were little more than memorizing parrots. They had no real understanding of the language. If you don't care, great take your pay check and be happy. If you want to really teach then be very choosy about where you work.

Ask good questions in the interviews and most importantly make sure you talk to some former teachers. Best of luck.

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No, I don't recommend this program

JOY English what a s@#%hole

I arrived in Taiwan bright eyed and bushy tailed having taught at home and was hired by JOY English. The school is whats known as a Bushiban (night school).

It's full of kids from a lower income bracket who just don't want to be there. The parents taking what little they have to try to improve their children's lives and they are robbed. I worked there for three point two weeks before i couldn't take it anymore. The students are not required to learn but rather memorize like parrots.

You are given no support and the school couldn't care less if the kids learn as long as they're there and the parents are paying. It's such a scam its disgusting. You don't teach at JOY you drill and repeat and when the kids walk out the door they are as clueless as when they walked in. There are no facilities to speak of and always remember money, money, money that's all they care about.

If you have no experience in teaching and well are ignorant as all hell then by all means go for it, but if you want to impart knowledge and actually give a damn then AT ALL COSTS AVOID JOY!!!

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Yes, I recommend this program

The Joy School Was a Joy!

I know that headline is a little corny, but it's absolutely true. I traveled to Taiwan to teach English at an English speaking camp. Not only was it my first time in Asia, it was my first time leaving the North America. I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I was mostly excited, but the minimal apprehension was easily quelled when I met the staff members of the camp. Everyone was warm and friendly and very welcoming. I was the only westerner, but since it was an English speaking camp, the rule was that everyone (adults and campers) had to speak English. That definitely helped me acclimate more quickly.
Overall, my experience with the kids was amazing. The camp was only two weeks long, but everyone (including me) was very emotional when it was time to go. It was an amazing thing to see after such a short period of time.

Working in Taiwan with the Joy School gave me such a great life experience and allowed to have such wonderful memories. By the way, the trip was few years ago, but I’m happy that Go Overseas! has provided a forum for me to write about my experience for others to read about.

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