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likwid_777



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:16 pm    Post subject: Scouting Teaching Locations Reply with quote

Scouting Teaching Locations

Does anyone have much experience in doing this?

I mean, last time I went O/S for teaching, it was in China, and I had a friend there. I went there almost whimsically and ended up leaving my job (in Aus) and being in China within one week. As such, I had no idea about where I was going. That said, I feel that if one goes to a country or a city as a tourist, in order to attempt to get a feel for what it's like when living and working there... It's still probably difficult to have any idea what it's going to be like.

In my situation, I will have a B.Ed (for high school teaching) in a year. I also have a window of 6 weeks or so right now where I could possibly venture off to potential locations in Asia, and have some "R&R", whilst simultaneously checking a place (or two) out for potential for work.

I guess I have thought of Indonesia, returning to China, also Vietnam and posssssibly Japan.

Do you think it's even worth it? For example: Going to a school one year outside of when you're looking for work, quizzing teachers and getting a "gut feel" for a place? Or do you think it's better to just enjoy a hedonistic week or two, and deal with whichever hell you have not prepared yourself for later...? I have a feeling that employers and employees in this time might just think that you're wasting their time.
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suphanburi



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is probably not what you are wanting to hear but...

Finish your B.Ed. Get a couple of years in the classroom under your belt (post B.Ed) in your home country.

NOW that you have opened up a whole different stream of options you can think about kicking the can.

suphanburi wrote:
From my personal experience, YES, it IS worth the extra 3 years. In very real terms,

using Thailand as an example:
40k thb/month on a 10-11 month contract (400k thb per year) with no benefits as an entry level EFL teacher
vs
100k thb/month (1.2 million baht/year) + housing, airfare, medical and generous holidays with full salary at a tier 1 or tier 2 international school (on a 1 or 2 year contract).

Using Taiwan as an example:
50k twd and no benefits in a buxiban (language school)
vs
80-90k twd + benefits as a public school teacher

Using Korea as an example:
1.9-2.2 million krw + airfare and housing as an EFL teacher
vs
4-5 million krw + full benefits including up to 12 weeks of annual vacation at an international school.


Without that home country licensure and 2 years of home country experience you are just another entry level EFL teacher - one of many - at the entry level.

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likwid_777



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you. Yes, this is reality. I have thought of this. Also, if you jump over and get a job in Asia without getting any post degree experience in your home country, I hear it can be awfully hard to get a job thereafter (in your home country).

Oh reality, how you mock me.
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