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mid-life career change to ESL teacher in Mexico
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Jultime



Joined: 25 Jun 2014
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Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I'd post an update.

I've booked my flight to Guatemala for my spanish studies, I'll arrive in Guatemala on September 6 and expect to be there learning spanish through the end of October.

Downsizing to one suitcase is an adventure in itself. I'm so glad that I'd already downsized from a 3 bedroom house to a one bedroom apartment a few years ago.

My family and co-workers are all supportive of my career change.

Fortunately for me I have no outstanding debts to worry about and excellent credit. I've got my finances lined up so I won't be panicking about housing and feeding myself while I'm studying and then searching for a job.

And I bought travel insurance and have all the books I'll need for the CELTA.

I'm ready to go!!
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LifterMan



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a note, when you leave the airport in Guatemala don't let the cabbies rip you off, they are known for this. Do not pay more than 5 USD to go to the bus station. I usually take Linea Dorada bus to Xela and it costs around 5-6 bucks, do not let them rip you off either. If you take a chicken bus, watch your bags AT ALL TIMES and keep your wallet in front pocket. You will enjoy Xela it's amazing and surrounded by volcanoes. Good luck out there, this is a great field to be in. When you get to Mexico be sure to check out computrabajo and teachers Latin America websites, there are many jobs on those for D.F.
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Jultime



Joined: 25 Jun 2014
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Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada

PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LifterMan wrote:
Just a note, when you leave the airport in Guatemala don't let the cabbies rip you off, they are known for this. Do not pay more than 5 USD to go to the bus station. I usually take Linea Dorada bus to Xela and it costs around 5-6 bucks, do not let them rip you off either. If you take a chicken bus, watch your bags AT ALL TIMES and keep your wallet in front pocket. You will enjoy Xela it's amazing and surrounded by volcanoes. Good luck out there, this is a great field to be in. When you get to Mexico be sure to check out computrabajo and teachers Latin America websites, there are many jobs on those for D.F.


THanks for your advice.

I arrive late into Guatemala City so I'll be met by a driver and stay overnight at a hotel then catch the Linea Dorada bus to Xela in the morning.

I've booked myself into another spanish immersion program for a week in Oaxaca perfectly timed for La Dia de los Muertos.
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Higo



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jultime, this sounds so exciting! As a person who has been toying with a career change for years now, I find your journey especially inspiring! Please keep us posted, here!
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Jultime



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Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada

PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Update: I'm now in Quetzeltenango, Guatemala attending spanish school.

My life is now totally immersed in spanish and latin American culture. I'm in spanish class for 5 hours a day and then spend close to 3 hours a day studying. Quetzeltenango is a good place to learn spanish as there is no choice here but to speak Spanish. Pretty well nobody here speaks english.

I'm living with a local family, a mother with 2 children. So of course I am forced to speak spanish there. I was really happy yesterday to find a couple of people to have entire english conversations with.

And I have noticed a definite improvement in my spanish since I got here.

I'm here until almost the end of October.
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esl_prof



Joined: 30 Nov 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jultime wrote:
Update: I'm now in Quetzeltenango, Guatemala attending spanish school . . . I'm here until almost the end of October.


Thanks for the update, Jultime! It sounds like you're having fun and learning a lot. I'll look forward to hearing about what comes next. Good luck!
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