All this past week, I’ve been on summer break, minus a few entrance tests and other odds and ends to do in the office. Something odd happened while I was giving one.

Some Kiwi girl called the school and asked for me by name. I had never met her before and I had no idea how she had the school’s phone number. She said she was still in NZ and just wanted to ask me “a few questions” about living in Taiwan. Seeing as how I probably would have made a similar call when I was 22 and looking into working in Japan, I tried to help her as much as I could, but it was a little odd.

She had all kinds of questions– was it true that people of Chinese ancestry can never get EFL jobs? Where is a good place to live? Where can teachers find jobs? What are the types of cram schools? How is it?

I have to say I was a bit overwhelmed. I told her to save some money before coming and suggested she check out forumosa.com. I also kind of wonder if she found me through this web page somehow and if so, why didn’t she didn’t read any of the stuff I’ve written about teaching and put on the front page?

Update: I just realized she probably got the school number from the jobs page.