Post # 1
Have any bees done it? I have a degree in political science, have been drifting around aimlessly career wise. My heart was set on law school for the longest time but its been on the backburner for a while. I don’t really feel like going back to school anytime soon, I want some time to myself, plus I have wanderlust and the urge to explore and travel. I would love to hear about your experiences or stories, any advice or recommendations about which is the best route to take? I was thinking about Southeast Asia or South America. I know China is very popular but I have my eyes set on either Thailand or Costa Rica.
Post # 3
I teach English in Japan, so that’s all I can really give advice for. It’s a good job for the most part.
Post # 4
@Jabberwocky: Japan seems like an amazing country, love the food, the culture, the art. Most of the websites that I have been looking at haven’t really offered it. How did you go abouts landing the job?
Post # 5
@moleskinlover: I have spent just about 5 years in South Korea, and a year in Vietnam . I could help with SK. PM if you have any questions 🙂
Post # 6
@moleskinlover: I went through the JET Program. The application process is long, and it’s super competitive, but it has the best salary and benefits of the ones that recruit native speakers from overseas. I had to quit after two years because my husband’s job transferred him to another city, so I’m with a different company now.
Post # 7
I’ve done TEFL through a charity several times in SE Asia. Wasn’t paid though.
Post # 8
@Jabberwocky: Hey, my daughter is a current JET program ALT! She just signed a contract for her second year. It was an incredibly competitive program, but she loves living in Japan. I love the fact that she is putting her major to use (Japanese).
Post # 9
I teach in Korea. I’m sure South America would be fun but there’s not a lot of money to be had working there. The teachers I know who have worked there broke even or lost money. Southeast Asia is a little better if you find the right job. It really depends on your goals, people tend to do better financially in East Asia and the Middle East.
Post # 9
moleskinlover: My friend taught in Shanghai and loved it! The company paid for her apartment, and she made a pretty decent wage. I believe she taught first graders, and she said that her favorite moment was when she taught them the song “I’m a little teapot” and they performed it at an all school assembly. She was also able to travel to Thailand a couple of times, which she loved too.
Post # 10
I taught English in Japan and Korea, and I loved it! Both countries pay relatively well, and Korea paid well enough for me to leave with substantial savings and lots of fun vacations. (Plus Korea has AMAZING food). I think its a great choice. Its what I did before going to law school and I never regretted it. Now I feel like I’m tied down working long hours for crap money to establish a career. I’m glad I had the time to make the most of my early 20s and my freedom. Personally I looked into teaching in a bunch of countries, but Korea and Japan offered the most money (and therefore the most opportunities to travel.) The only other country that pays close to as well is Taiwan. You can go other places, but its hard to leave if you aren’t earning enough.
IF you have EU citizenship, you can try Europe. However, I found without that advantage, it was very difficult to get a Visa, and/or a job that pays enough to allow you to live decently and travel. I really wanted to work in France, having spent a year at the Sorbonne, but I just couldn’t get a job that paid well enough…
Post # 11
I was a JET in Japan for three years. I lived in a tiny old house in the Japanese countryside and taught at several different rural schools. I can’t describe what an incredible three years I had there. The countryside was so unique and beautiful, I miss it so much! I highly, highly recommend the JET Programme.
Post # 12
I volunteered a few years back for a month as an english teacher in Phnom Penh Cambodia at an anti-trafficking shelter with my partner. One of the best experiences of my life. We did the TEFL beforehand and went through a company – which we don’t regret because they organised all of the logistics for us so it wasnt as scary (accommodation, organisation, put us in touch with fellow volunteers etc) and there was a good community of volunteers there. If I were to do it again I would apply directly to organisations that I would want to work with. I highly recommend it!