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googleberg



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:01 pm    Post subject: Newbie - Should I just turn up? Reply with quote

I'm a 22 year-old newbie from the UK with a BA and a 120 hour TEFL certificate with TEFL England.

I'm looking for jobs anywhere in Indochina really but Thailand and Vietnam were the two which caught my eye the most as they looked like more fun, interesting places to go.

I have applied to several agencies/schools but most of the responses seem to be that I would have to wait much longer than I would like. I have heard from one of my friends who went out there that the best way to do it is to just fly out and try and get jobs in person rather than in advance, he said he did this several times and that they were easy to come by. So I'm firstly wondering how many people have had similar experiences and whether they found it as easy as he is making it out to be and whether people would tend to agree that it really is better to just go out there and try to get work rather than apply in advance? I found a site called Ajarn.com which certainly seems to endorse this approach...

I would also like to point out that I am absolutely clueless when it comes to travelling and visas etc. I understand that I need to bring my passport, my degree and my TEFL certificate and if I can get a hold of one, something to prove my clean criminal record although I'm not entirely sure how to go about getting one in the UK as they're called CRB checks here and from what I can find about them you can only get them via an employer? With regards to a visa, should I be looking to just get a standard tourist visa upon entering the country and then this gets changed and sorted out upon acquiring a teaching license and work permit? Or should I be getting a B Non-Immigrant visa (I think that's what I read anyway) straight away? The whole process is quite confusing...

Finally what did other people do regarding taking laptops etc? Mine is an old heap of junk so it wouldn't be such a huge issue if it died but I'd hate to have it stolen and lose all my music etc. Also as it is a great big heap of crap it's very chunky and subsequently fairly weighty, as is its ENORMOUS charger unit-cable-thing. I'm assuming it's fairly necessary to take one for the job but it is just gonna be a pain in the ass to lug around.

(I know that was an essay and a half of questioning but I really am fairly clueless with regard to travel and such and would very much appreciate some help from those more well-informed than I. Cheers.)
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plumpy nut



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To get a job in Thailand you will just have to show up. They don't generally hire people applying from overseas. That is just generally though. They also don't pay airfare. You want to come at the best time which is at the end or very beginning of the semester. That would be upcoming end of April or beginning of May. When you do come have ample money just in case you get fired within a couple of weeks or shortly after being hired which is common for the hired ESL teachers. There is a substantial chance you will have to hunker down inbetween jobs or pay for medical bills etc.

When you come get an apt or cheap guest house (like Peachy Guest House) in Central Bangkok untill you are sure you have the teaching job hammered down. You don't want an Apt. way out to the side of the city and find out that you now have to teach on the other side of the city. Of course you will have to set aside time for taking the bus in the morning. Before renting check the shower drains in your room no matter how impressive looking the Apt. is. In Thailand they have a tendency to skimp of the plumbing (shower drains).
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Location: Talibon, Bohol, Philippines

PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/viewtopic.php?t=100295

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googleberg



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for the help, much appreciated. Can you also advise me on the necessity of bringing a laptop? Is this something I absolutely must do if teaching or will there be facilities available for me to use that should be adequate at the schools? I ask as I am looking to do a bit of travelling before settling down and teaching so I really don't want to be lugging my ancient and frankly awful laptop about. And what health insurance would you recommend?
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tttompatz



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Location: Talibon, Bohol, Philippines

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

googleberg wrote:
Cheers for the help, much appreciated. Can you also advise me on the necessity of bringing a laptop? Is this something I absolutely must do if teaching or will there be facilities available for me to use that should be adequate at the schools? I ask as I am looking to do a bit of travelling before settling down and teaching so I really don't want to be lugging my ancient and frankly awful laptop about. And what health insurance would you recommend?


Facilities vary from excellent to abysmal / non existent.

Our school has desktops attached to big screen TVs in every air conditioned classroom. Laptops are available for teachers when they are needed as well. If you want your own for home use then you have to supply your own.

The school next to ours (public municipal) has chalk boards and open windows with 4 ceiling fans mounted in each room. There are a few old celeron computers in the teachers room.

300 quid gets a nice, new laptop. 200 gets you a scaled down netbook.

BUPA is pretty common for health insurance. Sometimes the employer will supply insurance. Sometimes you need to do it on your own. If you work at a public/government school you get some coverage under the social security umbrella.

Except in extreme calamities you'll find that health care is pretty cheap in all but the 5* hospitals.

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plumpy nut



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

googleberg wrote:
Cheers for the help, much appreciated. Can you also advise me on the necessity of bringing a laptop? Is this something I absolutely must do if teaching or will there be facilities available for me to use that should be adequate at the schools? I ask as I am looking to do a bit of travelling before settling down and teaching so I really don't want to be lugging my ancient and frankly awful laptop about. And what health insurance would you recommend?


The computer facilities will be very inadequate with antiquated computers if you are lucky enough to be provided with anything at all. You won't be provided with your own computer so you I would advice you bring some kind of laptop. Thai schools sort of resort to usery, getting out of foriegn teachers whatever they can. A school will consider you more valuable and useful if you bring your own computer.
I don't know what to tell you about health insurance except if you can afford it, get some. Check around in the traveling guide books.
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