Known as Taiwan's "Harbor Capital" because of its close connection to the ocean and maritime transportation, Kaohsiung is a port city that sits on the island's southwestern coast. Since its start in the 17th century, Kaohsiung has grown from a small trading village into the political, economic, transportation, manufacturing, refining, and industrial center of southern Taiwan.
2.8 million (2017)
Kaohsiung's climate is tropical, with monthly mean temperatures between 20°C and 29°C
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As with other sites, Kaohsiung ETAs will co-teach with at least one local Taiwanese English teacher. Class sizes vary greatly, with typically no more than 30 students, although some ETAs have had as few as 3 students in one class.
As one of Taiwan's largest cities, Kaohsiung has international cuisine, cultural and historic attractions, nightlife, and more. Check out the whimsical art district Pier 2, or take a day trip to Kenting, one of Taiwan's most famous beaches. Hiking is also an option at Monkey Mountain, where as its namesake suggests, monkeys abound.
Name: Fonda Mao
Fonda helps ETAs make a home and live out a successful Fulbright grant year in Kaohsiung. As the Kaohsiung ETA coordinator, she helps arrange program logistics and is knowledgeable about life in Kaohsiung. She'll be by your side all year—keep her Line and phone number handy!
Fonda Mao has been the Kaohsiung Fulbright ETA program since 2009. She was raised in Kaohsiung, and is very impressed with how the city has changed over the past decade. Prior to her position with Fulbright, she lived in Vancouver, Canada, where she completed a B.A in hotel management and worked for an art school. After moving back to Kaohsiung, she worked for the 2009 Kaohsiung World Games Organizing Committee and was a Research Assistant at National Sun-Yat Sen University.