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When we embark on our journey across the world, we know we're going to confront many things that will challenge our perspective of the world. It's one of the reasons we take such adventures because the culture we were raised in doesn't always give us that opportunity so easily.

From Ibn Battuta to Marco Polo to Ryszard Kapuscinski - one question has confounded all the great (and not so great) travellers across the centuries - whether or not to purchase additional insurance at the counter when picking up a rental car? I, dear reader, am now in a position to offer you an informed opinion on this subject.

If you are an overseas US citizen - there is still time to vote. Most states require ballots to be returned by Nov. 6. This website provides the details: https://www.fvap.gov/citizen-voter/overview. Even if you don’t have a current address in the US, or you have never lived in the US, you can still vote.

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.

Another school shooting in the United States - my home country. I’ve placed thousands of teachers in jobs all over the world, and this situation has never occurred anywhere I’ve placed teachers - only in the United States.

What is a gig?

A temporary job. Usually void of benefits, such as health care, and pensions. They pay either hourly or as one lump sum. Some longer-term gigs may be salaried but they’re also void of restrictive bosses that have a certain quasi-ownership of their employees.

Think that because you are a native English speaker you have a ticket to teach anywhere in the world? Think again.

Most good and reputable educational academies, particularly international schools, are looking for more than just a native English speaking adult to teach their students.

Not many people are as lucky as I’m. My name is Martin and I was born in Liberia which is located on the West Coast of Africa. In my country English is our first language but it isn’t like the one that is spoken in America; Liberians speak a type of English called Pidgin English. At the age of 7 my family and I moved to America and I believe that it was the best thing that ever happened to me.

I have always had a tremendous passion for helping others. I also have a tremendous desire to travel. Last summer, I combined my two ideas into one: I desperately wanted to volunteer abroad. However, I understood that my family's financial situation would not allow me that opportunity. I went to my small town's local organizations, presented them with my plan, and asked for support.

Death is something I can't get use to but integrity is. To honor me or my hero that I think about on a daily basis is the idea. Everyone around us is here one day and gone as soon as we take a breath. How do you mourn for your loved one knowing he or she died for a good cause?


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