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rowland



Joined: 10 Oct 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:27 pm    Post subject: An unusual newbie. Reply with quote

I'm a newbie to ESL overseas. I've had a look at the newbie threads here, but I'm not sure the advice matches my situation. Here's my situation:

I'm not looking for full time. I want part time. Pay scale doesn't matter much. I actually don't need to work for a living. I'm trying to do this because I want to.

I want to work in the winter, then come home to the US in the summer.

I prefer tutoring to teaching, but am flexible on this.

I prefer adults to children, but again, I'm flexible.

I would like to work with the poor, if possible.

I have a strong preference for northern Taiwan. I gather there are lots of jobs in China, but I'm put off by repressive regimes.

My qualifications:

Bachelors in unrelated field. TESOL from an in class course. Some experience tutoring, including non-native English speakers. I have begun to teach myself Mandarin.

Thanks in advance for any insights.
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JZer



Joined: 16 Jan 2005
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Location: Alaska

PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a lot of jobs that are 12-14 hours a week. However most of them expect you to work year round.

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I would like to work with the poor, if possible.


Maybe you should try that volunteer program in Georgia that is advertised on Dave's. I think you could do that for six months and then return to the US.
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rowland



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:12 pm    Post subject: Um, no thanks. Reply with quote

Central Asia does not appeal to me, especially not in the winter.

Since the election here, I've become very open to spending an extended amount of time in another country. Just not that one.

I could do a year or two in Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, maybe Manila. I'm planning to explore that whole part of the world this coming winter and spring. See where I can kick around until America gets back to normal.

I've got an uncomfortable amount of money tied up in US dollars, in a US bank. Would like to exchange to some other currency and open a bank account.

I could see myself doing summer in Japan or South Korea. I would very much like to give ice and snow a miss for the rest of my life. I've lived in New England way too long. The cold gets old.
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rowland



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS It snowed today where I am. Fark that.
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ncaraway



Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Location: Tainan, Taiwan

PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My two cents having been here for about a year now:

* I live in the south but what I gather about the north is that the market is saturated with teachers. In other words, competition is tough.

* The few employers I've dealt with give the impression that they're looking for long-termers. In the interview for my current job I was asked if I had plans to return to the States. They were happy to hear that I didn't.

* It's not impossible to get work teaching adults but as has been pointed out, the bulk of the jobs here are teaching children.

* That you're seeking part-time work rather than full time may work in your favor in acquiring a job.

* Kudos to you for wanting to work with the poor. You might consider contacting one of the various religious institutions here to offer your services. You may find, however, that the poorest are in the countryside.

Best of luck to you.
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rowland



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I expect I'll run into language issues away from Taipei. How did you deal?
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ncaraway



Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Location: Tainan, Taiwan

PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My wife is Taiwanese so I have a lot of help. I have taken a few courses in Mandarin so I know some basics. I'm far from fluent, though. Most of the signs here are in Chinese along with the romanized equivalent (not necessarily pinyin). That helps a lot. The subway systems and trains have bilingual signs and most announcements are made in Chinese and English. Additionally, most Taiwanese people studied at least some English in school. They may not be fluent but will probably be able to understand you. Finally, 7-11 is everywhere, even in many villages. In short, language shouldn't be a major concern.
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