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    Looking Into Teaching English Abroad, Need Help

    I have hit a brick wall.

    Nowhere is hiring and even if they were, I took an objective look at my life and realize this is not at all what I want. I don't want to wake up every day and go to some warehouse to work a job that I'm too smart for but can't prove it, work my ass off for some corporate master, come home tired and too drained to do the things that I love because I've spent all my energy trying not to explode with rage all over everything in sight. I have no BA/BS to prove I'm not a bonehead either.

    4 years of school is not really what I'm looking for. I've tried twice and quit both times. It's not the way I learn, it's just a prison, and my ADD doesn't help when it comes to homework, studying, and altogether succeeding at school.

    I just need direction and this is a direction I feel would be good. I'm a good and passionate teacher and I love to travel to new places and experience new things. I CAN'T keep circling this drain, I'll fucking kill innocent things.

    I know I need a TEFL/TESOL, and that the CELTA is a tough one that would be best for a candidate who has already worked through a TEFL/TESOL course. I think a one year program is really what I'm looking for.

    If anyone knows someone I could get ahold of, or has any insights, or is willing to help me research, I'd be eternally grateful.
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    Re: Looking Into Teaching English Abroad, Need Help

    I don't know how much this will help, Bjorn, but about 20 years ago (long time... ) I used to work with a woman who had spent a few years teaching English in Thailand.

    The only qualification she needed was being able to speak English.

    She loved it there, and had a great time.

    Check for jobs in Asia...

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    Re: Looking Into Teaching English Abroad, Need Help

    I know a gal that taught English in Korea for a few years and made pretty good money doing it, too. One of my former customers moved to China to teach English there. It's certainly something to look into.
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    Re: Looking Into Teaching English Abroad, Need Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Juniper View Post
    I know a gal that taught English in Korea for a few years and made pretty good money doing it, too. One of my former customers moved to China to teach English there. It's certainly something to look into.
    Did they have degrees?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjorn View Post
    Did they have degrees?
    The girl that lived in Korea for a few years does. She's a teacher and even taught in a couple of American charter schools in the area here. The former customer, I'm sure (but not positive) doesn't. His wife is Chinese so that may have had a lot to do with it.
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    What about...crap, what was her PF name? She's on my FB, just had a baby...lives in Canada with an American hubby...they were English teachers in Japan for a year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thalassa View Post
    What about...crap, what was her PF name? She's on my FB, just had a baby...lives in Canada with an American hubby...they were English teachers in Japan for a year?
    I know who you're talking about. Booberry (Not Picaboo)? Also, I don't think she's been back here since before the crash, so I can't go digging around for her name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thalassa View Post
    What about...crap, what was her PF name? She's on my FB, just had a baby...lives in Canada with an American hubby...they were English teachers in Japan for a year?
    Was that Kijani?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjorn View Post
    Was that Kijani?
    No, Kijani's still around and lives in the US.
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    Re: Looking Into Teaching English Abroad, Need Help

    My brother in law was going to go teach English in Costa Rica and all he needed was a teaching degree... I think, when you're teaching young children (under ten) they can pick up the language pretty intuitively, so you don't necessarily need to speak the same language as them. Not absolutely sure about this, but I know a lot of the study abroad programs they had at my college where you taught English abroad didn't require you to be able to speak the native language. It would also depend on where you were planning to teach. Rural, third-world type programs would probably require a lot less in terms of education that at an actual school in a city type thing.
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