Finding the Motivation
Its been so long since ive last updated this blog. Since then I've embarked and an educational journey through graduate school obtaining my masters in social studies education and special education. It was an extremely difficult task, but one which I am glad I chose. The job market here in New York isn't great for teachers. Don't get me wrong, I know there are jobs out there. Now that I have my special education license schools are required to hire teachers with my qualifications. However, I am young and adventurous and I love to travel. People always say, "if only I knew then what I know now." To me, this is a challenge. Its a challenge for me to go out there and find out everything about this world before its too late. I don't want time to slip by. I don't ever want to look back and say "I wish I did that." Id rather learn the hard way by doing than stick to whats comfortable and never get that experience. In other words Im ready to get outa here.
Ive always talked and dreamed about teaching abroad. Ive done tons of research and plenty of procrastinating. Ive even traveled to several other countries in the mean time to satisfy my travel addiction. But nothings worked. Its always been too short and too touristy of a trip for me to be content. I want the real life experience of living and learning a completely different language and culture. I want to go to Asia.
Currently I work as an assistant at a school in long island. I often find myself making copies and staring at a quote posted on the wall. Its taped up right above the copy machine and printed on standard computer paper with size 28 font so everyone who walks by can see it. It says," life isn't about waiting for a storm to pass. Its about learning to dance in the rain." I don't know who said it and I don't really care. Id rather think it came from some really far out survivalist who roams the woods and lives off nothing. If I find out it was some Hollywood star I'll refuse to accept it. but never the less, this year was a real wake up call. Finishing grad school, working, coaching lacrosse and bartending made me realize how fast paced this life is. I get caught up in the moment and I end up worrying about the unknown. I'd rather embrace the unknown. So I started looking for jobs abroad.
Reading blogs and watching videos are a complete waste of time. I know this. Im no dummie. Im going to learn everything once I get there. No tutorial can prepare me for what I'll experience. So if this is something that interest you stop reading now and just book your flight. take a job and figure it out from there. I like to have a little piece of mind before I set off on something like this. I'm not full fledged, gung- ho barefoot- walking backpacker. I do enjoy a little structure and planing here and there. If your satisfied reading this from the comfort of your computer then please continue.
follow research in this order:
1- find what location best suites you. if your up for the middle east, they pay a lot of money. south Korea is a hot spot right now. China is recruiting like mad men. And the cost of living is dirt cheap in thailand. so whats most important to you? city life, saving money? having fun? figure it out
2- pick a city. what city do you want to work? is it the big one like Seoul Tokyo or Shanghai? Are you looking for things a little bit more remote? each has its perks. a lot of it depends on your personality.
3- start applying for positions. head to http://eslcafe.com/ or http://www.totalesl.com/. I used http://www.educatorsoverseas.com/ That was quick and easy.
4- Don't pay the fee. Avoid applying with programs that require 900 bux for a 140 hours of tesol certification. Its bull. I did 6 interviews via skype and had 6 offers. No TESOL cert. Im sure some might need it if you have no teaching experience. But if you do your homework, being a native speaker is enough for most schools.
5- Learn the language. I have yet to take off on my journey but Im so ready for it. I started studying the language to get a head start. I know being immersed is the best way to pick it up but I don't see any harm in learning now.