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Children are the future of a nation. If they live in a bubble of never interacting, or learning another language they’ll never truly know about the outside word. As well, teaching in another country is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Teaching itself is already a difficult and well-respected job that shapes the youth before they become adults.

Good Afternoon All:

This update is from my bed as I've been struck by some type of cold/flu. Fortunately, laptops mean it's easier to be productive even while we're mostly horizontal. There are a number of cool and uncool items both I can share in this post, so let's get to it!

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.” – Pericles

By now you, the intrepid ESL champion of the world, have got the basic principles of living a happy life abroad down. For those looking to hop over the other side of the fence for the first time here they are:

#1 Learn the language

#2 Make local friends and “When in Rome…”

It’s 2008 and I’m working as a writing tutor at the local community college in my spare time. I finish helping a Chinese student named “Sunny” who became quite un-sunny after I politely refused to write her research paper for her. My coworker calls me over to a table of three guys huddled close and I recognize it: bro talk.

After 10 years teaching English in Korea, I’ve decided to return to Canada within the next year. It’s not without trepidation that I make this decision and truth be told, I’m kind of terrified.

Teaching overseas can be a great experience - countless articles and blog posts provide advice on how to find the perfect job teaching abroad and what an amazing experience teaching overseas can be.

So, you have followed my advice from previous blog posts – you wrote a great resume and found an awesome job. You got your visa and are getting ready to embark on the experience of a lifetime. Here are some tips from someone who has both taught abroad and vicariously experienced the successes and occasional failure of many other teachers through my job as a recruiter.

In my last article I covered how to write a resume for teaching English abroad. This week I’d like to cover some conventional and non-conventional job seeking strategies you can employ to help you find a great job teaching abroad. Many of these same strategies are also applicable to the domestic, non-teaching job market as well.

In the 1980s the streets of Japan were paved with gold for English speaking teachers looking for ESL jobs abroad. Salaries for full time English teachers at private schools in Japan often exceeded 400,000 yen per month, and English teachers were a sought after commodity.


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