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MTB Babe
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Icon 11 posted March 11, 2004 06:25      Profile for MTB Babe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have a friend who is going to China for a year to teach English. He will have all expenses paid for, and room and board, and good salary. And he'll be in China!! I have another friend who went to Japan to teach English, and apparently loves it.
I am thinking about doing the same. My prospects for grad school are dim, and this sounds like a wonderful opportunity. Does anyone here know of someone who has done this teaching program or has done it themselves?

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Icon 1 posted March 11, 2004 06:44      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I know someone who went to Taiwan, and someone else who went to Japan, but I can't give you details on how the application process works. I do know they enjoyed the experience.

I say GO FOR IT!

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There are still a few jobs around that haven't been out-sourced to Asia, so we need to train them to take the remaining jobs. Teaching them English will be a good start.

Once the entire job market has been moved abroad, the economy here will collapse and Asia will start out-sourcing to Europe. At which time I might be in the running for getting a respectable job (except I will only be paid a couple of quid a day for doing it).

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Icon 1 posted March 11, 2004 08:41      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
...but like the Murphy's, he's not bitter. [Wink]

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Icon 10 posted March 11, 2004 12:44      Profile for MTB Babe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
All you need for the program is a bachelor's degree. I think it sounds awesome!

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Icon 1 posted March 11, 2004 12:54      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
A friend went to China on that deal a while back, the pay was not as good as he'd been promised, the classes were grossly under-resourced, and he spend lots of time battling ureaucracy after they fscked up his visa arrangements.

On a more positive note, he returned to oz with a very nice chinese wife.

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Icon 1 posted March 11, 2004 12:58      Profile for Dr Cyclops   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I was offered to teach english in Japan, but I turned it down. My Japanese is far too bad.

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My friend teaches English in South Korea, he's been there for 4 years. What I gathered from him is that you can and should try to negotiate your contract, he did after 1 year and got a bunch more money. Japan is OK to teach, most of the money is in teaching business-oriented language, with some work in after-school tutoring. My wife has suggested that I do it, since we have a free place to live, but I don't want to leave the job I have now. Maybe someday, after I retire from this job.
I'd say go for it, and do it when and while you can.

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Icon 1 posted March 11, 2004 13:11      Profile for SpikeSpiegel     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
id say go for it, i too want to try something like that when im done with college or still in college

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Icon 1 posted March 11, 2004 14:49      Profile for Flashfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by MTB Babe:
All you need for the program is a bachelor's degree. I think it sounds awesome!

Err...stupid question:

Do you speak Chinese? It does sound like an absolutely awesome opportunity, but (speaking from experience) living in a country where you don't speak the language can be quite lonely.

Of course, if the job's in Hong Kong or Kowloon then that won't be much of a problem -- 158 years of British rule did have a bit of an impact there (i.e. - all the street signs are in English and Chinese).

Good luck, I hope things work out. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted March 11, 2004 15:48      Profile for csk     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I think it's an idea that has potential. There's certainly a great need there, and not only in those countries mentioned. And it's not uncommon for foreign guys to be highly sought after for relationships, either, if he's likely to be interested in that (although not with the students would obviously be a good idea).

From my own experience, I spent about three months in Thailand, and part of that time was doing some voluntary English teaching in high schools. It was fantastic, the kids were nice, and much better behaved than the ones here. In one school, where we only spent a day there, by the end the students were literally mobbing us for autographs after classes, and were all crowded by the gate crying as we were leaving. At another school, as soon as one Thai teacher found out that I was attached (my wife was on the same trip, so that didn't take long), she asked if I knew any other guys who weren't, and asked me to mention her to them if I did.

I suspect that there would be differences between short term and long term teaching, but from what I've seen, I'd say go for it!

Edit: Having been to a few SE Asian countries, there seemed to be a difference in the general level of English of people you came across. So, in terms of best overall to worst I'd rank them

Cambodia -> Laos -> Vietnam -> Thailand

Just my opinion, of course.

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Icon 11 posted March 12, 2004 05:48      Profile for MTB Babe   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Do you speak Chinese? It does sound like an absolutely awesome opportunity, but (speaking from experience) living in a country where you don't speak the language can be quite lonely.
Well, actually Japan is the country I'm aiming for. All of the programs I have looked at stress the fact that no knowledge of the native language (i.e. Japanese) is necessary. And since there will be other American teachers teaching English there also, we would have opportunity to make new friends and converse with people of our native country. I certainly intend to study Japanese anyway if this comes together for me.
I have filled out the online application for 2 of the programs, so I should hear pretty soon whether I have a chance of being accepted or not [Smile]

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