I realize that I'm applying more than a year later, but I hope you're still on this site. I'm thinking of teaching through Hess in Taipei and wondered about the legitimacy of only having an A.A. degree and T.E.F.L. certification in order to teach there. Your post has reassured me that I can teach in Taiwan with only the aforementioned documents.
I have question....Are Taiwanese employers prejudiced in their hiring practices? Hess has assured me that they do not discriminate, but the final decision is up to the school. I haveheard that a lot of schools in Asia say "no" if the teacher isn't white. If anyone can help me with this, it will put my mind at ease.
I would love to live in Taiwan, teach ESL, learn Mandarin and complete my B.A. entirely online while living there. Thank you!!!