Making friendships can not only have language barriers but cultural challenges “People here really feel so much responsibility to their family that it makes it difficult to have a deep relationship with them.In Confucian societies it is about respect and the obligation to take care of the family.
It is a bit of a struggle at first.” His advice for new expats in Taiwan? It took me a good year in China before I met my first real friend.
If you decide on a job before coming, you definitely need to ask for contact information for other foreigners working there.” If you would like to simply live in Taiwan Andrew said, “People do visa runs every 30 days all the time in Taiwan, which is simply leaving the country and coming back in on a landing visa.
There is no limit to the number of times you can do it.” 10.
It is also about relating to each other as the position or status they hold, and it is rare to find people who can truly open up.” 9.
The best way to get a Taiwanese visa If you are interested in working in Taiwan Andrew recommends, “The best thing to do is to come in on a tourist visa and then find a job while you are here.
As such a seasoned expat I had to hear more of Andrew’s story about life and lessons learned living in Taiwan for my ongoing series about people who learned to live abroad.