I got a job in southern China teaching English and I have now been here for 1 and a half weeks. It is a little tough to adjust to the language but the city I am in (Zhongshan) is a nice place to live. 8 months ago
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Bah. So I bought an online TEFL course, and got pretty far in it. I have to say that it wasn’t very enjoyable because I am so not in school (textbook / classroom learning) mode and was even less inclined to be then. But anyways, a serious obligation suddenly came up and I couldn’t finish the course within the timeframe because I didn’t have good access to internet or a quiet study space.
So it expired. And of course the website emails me “come back to TEFL” things all the time… so I took them up on it in June and also ended up wasting that money because I had no time to finish.
I would like to finish this course but am now hesitant because I don’t want to waste anymore money. This month would be good because I am free, but TEFL teaching is not anywhere soon on my horizon at the moment. And by soon I mean within the next 8 months… 9 months ago
How I did it: I did this with my boyfriend. We had our hearts set on living in a certain city in Russia and spent about 15 months looking / interviewing for jobs there. It didn't work out because of visa issues. We moped around for a couple of months, still paring down our possessions and saving money, and then I began applying for jobs in Ukraine, a country bordering Russia. We moved to Ukraine after I got a job offer, even though my boyfriend hadn't found work yet. It's been easier to get interviews face-to-face than via Skype, so he's been going on a bunch of interviews lately. We are really enjoying life here in Ukraine! Read how I did it… 11 months ago
With the help of my job search advisors I’ve been applying to schools in China, Korea, and Japan. I am very hopeful that I can land a position soon, but the whole process is a little stressful and the thought of being ready to pick up and move out of the country seems daunting. I’m sure it will all be worth it though. I hope I can get a good job offer soon! 16 months ago
How I did it: I'm currently teaching English in South Korea - have been here one year and have decided to stay a 2nd year. Coming to Korea has been the best decision of my life, and it really upgraded the rest of my life.
I have a large social network and tons of opportunities to socialize, I've been able to travel a lot (it's pretty cool when you can take a weekend trip...to Tokyo!), I've been able to pay off my debt, and going through this experience has increased my confidence. Read how I did it… 3 years ago
How I did it: I volunteered to teach English in Vietnam with an NGO called Education for the Poor. I just applied, interviewed, and was accepted. I taught in Vinh--a very hot and poor place but the people were just really amazing and caring. I've traveled to many countries, and nowhere were the people as good-hearted and honest. My students really left an impression on me even till now. And I'm a much better person because of them. Read how I did it… 16 months ago