Overview

Location

Located in northeastern Taiwan, Yilan is an hour away from Taipei and framed by mountains on one side and beaches on the other. The county is lush with waterfalls, lakes, rivers, and botanical gardens, making it one of the most scenic parts of Taiwan. It is also rich in culture, with a strong history of aboriginal tribes that include the Atayal and Kavalan people. With its nearby hot springs and black sand beaches, Yilan is an idyllic getaway that boasts of Taiwan's natural beauty. 

Population

458,777 (2014)

Weather

Yilan is a tropical climate with temperatures averaging around 24°C. Rainfall is frequent, averaging roughly 418 mm per month.

Number of ETAs

8-10

Number of Schools with ETAs

8

 


Yilan was the first location to have an ETA program. Its legacy ensures that you will be working with experienced LETs and coordinators. The class sizes vary based on school; some class sizes have around 10 students while others will be upwards of 25.

If you are living in Yilan, expect to get wet. The ocean air and beaches are a short scooter ride away and these waters are famous for their perfect surfing waves. Some ETAs will also be located in Luodong, a 20 minutes drive south of Yilan city.


Coordinator

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Name: Kelly Lin

Bio

Welcome to Taiwan! I am Kelly Lin, the Yilan ETA program coordinator.

I was born in Yilan and graduated from Tamkang University in Taipei. Currently, I am a part-time graduate student at the National Taiwan University of Technology and Science.

I have been working with the Fulbright program for as long as I can remember. If I recall correctly, I have worked with a total of 8 Fulbright ETA teams in Yilan. Prior to working as a coordinator, I co-taught English with an ETA for a year and also worked as an English teacher for several years.

Advice for Incoming ETAs

Try to get out of your comfort zone. Be flexible, be open-minded, and be safe. While checking items off the "Things to Pack" list, don't neglect to prepare your mindset. Maintaining an open-minded attitude is crucial while traveling to a new country and living in an unfamiliar environment. When you go on adventures, keep in mind that safety is the number one priority.


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