Teaching English overseas is a great opportunity to see the world while earning a little money, but as one teacher points out, you have to really love teaching in order to make a real go of it.
If you are 1) a native English speaker, 2) an educator, and 3) a traveler, and you want to know a little more about what it's like to teach English in another country, keep reading.
Continue reading to learn about four other countries in which you can teach English as a second language.
One of my favorite travel experiences to date was teaching English in Chengdu, China, to students aged twelve to eighteen years. I was in college in an English education major. I co-taught with a fellow student, and we had students in an intermediary English level class. Our students were amazing! They were eager to learn and eager to please. Their families took us out to eat and made us feel so welcome in their country. And although this was a volunteer opportunity, the school administrators provided on-campus housing and took us site-seeing on the weekends, including to the Panda Preserve there in Chengdu and to the Giant Buddha in Leshan.
Teaching English overseas is a great opportunity to see the world while earning a little money. It also offers an amazing opportunity to meet wonderful people, really learn about the people and culture of the country in which you teach, pick up some of the local language, and make a difference in the lives of young people.
continue on to read the interviews I had with several current and former teachers who taught English as a second language overseas.
My parents, Mark and Cindy, recently celebrated their 40th anniversary with a cross-country train adventure on Amtrak. They purchased Amtrak's USA Rail Pass and made several stops during their cross-country adventure, visiting friends and family and seeing some of the country's sites.
Read more as I interview them about the pros and cons of Amtrak travel.
We met Ian through his wife Sophia. Sophia and I work as real estate agents together and hit it off from the start. Luckily for us, our husbands also get along well, and we always enjoy lots of laughs when we get together.
Read on to hear about one British expat's experiences in Texas and beyond.
I was sixteen when I first met David. He came to the volleyball camp I taught at that summer in his hometown in Belgium, and we kept in touch over the years. When Marvin and I went to Europe in 2018, we met up with David and his then girlfriend Daisy. We instantly hit it off and spent the next few days touring Belgium, talking, eating, and enjoying ourselves immensely. David and Daisy are excellent tour guides and dear friends.
I decided to interview them to get their input on their favorite places - in Belgium and beyond.
It's January. We have just returned to Houston after a relaxing trip to Belize. The sun has gone down, and we have decided to hit the hot tub at Hwy 6 RV Resort. We arrive at the pool area, rid ourselves of flip flops and towels, and ease ourselves into the steaming water.
We are soon joined by a man with a quick smile, and we strike up a conversation. I decide I am warm enough and hop in the pool, and am there for only a few minutes before a lady, who seems to know the man in the hot tub, joins me. Before long, we're all friends, chatting about our travels, their fur babies, the beautiful Texas weather, Rod's work, and the pros and cons of living in a home on wheels. Before we disperse back to our homes, we exchange phone numbers.
What do you do when you have four adult children living in four different time zones, spread across nearly 6,900 miles? You travel, of course!
My mom's twin sister, my Aunt Sandy, and her husband, my Uncle Michael, are just such a couple. Their oldest son, the student, along with his wife and their daughter, live in Glasgow, Scotland. Their only daughter, a secretary for a lawyer, and son-in-law, and their daughter live in Wyoming. Their police officer son and his wife and daughter live in West Virginia. And their "baby" the Marine, along with his wife and their son, have been in Hawaii for the last few years. Keeping up with kids and grand kids presents challenges, but it also affords them (currently) a dozen reasons to travel across the country and even across the pond.
Curious about their recent travels, I asked Aunt Sandy some questions about those opportunities and obstacles.
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