passion or employment

The Taiwan Chapter

It has been two months since I have been “employed”, two months since I have traded my limited time on this planet for money.

Without the distraction of a job it is easier to see what life is meant to be about.

For me it has been an international journey seeking friends, food, fun and a purpose. That last part still has me a little stuck.

It’s a sad fact of the modern world that most of us need to earn money to buy the essentials we need to survive. Proof that our governments don’t serve us, but that’s another rant.

I reluctantly wade into the employment pool for foreigners in Taiwan to find an abundance of high paying English teaching jobs. I figured before I arrived that this will likely be my best option for employment. But something other than the cliché of being an English teacher makes me hesitate.

Is this really the best thing I can do for Taiwan?

They really want us to teach judging by the ridiculous money some offer. I saw a one on one tutoring job for a four year old. That’s madness. I have heard the tales of how hard kids are pushed here, but damn, let the kid play outside.

I’m still not convinced it’s what they truly need. They think they do so they can emigrate to English speaking countries in the hope of earning more money, the thing they seem to chase so relentlessly. I would be potentially giving people a road out but would this not be robbing Taiwan of the people who ought to stay amd contribute? Do I want to perpetuate this system?


Apparently a foreigner cannot be hired to do a job a local can, which is fair enough.

Given that:

  • how do I give more value than teaching English?
  • how do I improve people’s lives?
  • how do I make a difference in Taiwan?
  • what can I do that needs to be done?

The list is endless. The search eternal.

Find the point where passion and purpose collide. Sounds easy enough, right?