LanguageCorps Cambodia – 8 Things I’ve Learned

Chloe checks in about her time in with LanguageCorps Cambodia in Phnom Penh before heading off to teach English in China!

Has it really been a month? It feels like I’ve been here studying with LanguageCorps Cambodia forever… but at the same time, it feels like I just got here. It seems inconceivable that on Sunday, I’ll be arriving in Wuhan, China.

It’s weird for several reasons. For starters, I feel like I’ve already found my home here at the LC Hotel in Phnom Penh. I’ve caught the rhythm of a new routine, and I love it. Every morning, I take a nice walk down to make copies at Sok Lin, where Savan and I stumble through broken English and botched Khmer. The day gets rolling at nine with my smiling, rambunctious kindergarten class, and by eleven thirty I’m teaching idioms to teens and adults. All that is left at the end of the day is lesson planning and my own Mandarin lessons. I’ve even managed to eat fresh and clean, while in a city with tantalizing smells at every turn on the way to the market. Tantalising if you get passed Slum / Stink River, that is. I love it.

So what will I be taking with me from this stay? A lot more than I planned, that’s for sure.

That Pseudo Ice Cream Vegetable Thing - LanguageCorps Cambodia

That Pseudo Ice Cream Vegetable Thing

1. Live Consciously:  It’s the little moments that have had such a huge impact on me here. Little moments like the smiles locals give me when I try to chomp through a new Khmer word, and the way a smile can be infectious, opening people up to say “hello”.  Fleeting seconds that allow me to witness a Marady staff member bowing to a Buddhist monk, blessing her during his daily walk around town. These tiny moments are endlessly available, but so easy to miss in a buzzing city of 2.2 million people. They are especially easy to miss when I’m stressed about studying Mandarin, lesson planning, and trying to figure out how to get home. Choosing to live consciously makes me appreciate these little gems and stress less about the small stuff.

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6 Things You Didn’t Know about TESOL Certificates

If you want to teach English abroad successfully, you need to get a TESOL certificate.

A TESOL Certificate can open many doors in your personal development!

A TESOL Certificate can open many doors in your personal development!

There are numerous certification programs for teaching English, however the most commonly recognized most popular option is TESOL. And despite being so popular, there are still some things about the process that are not well known. Here are seven facts about TESOL certificates that are not easy to find, but are quite important for soon-to-be teachers. Continue reading

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Need a Life Change? Try Teaching Abroad

Many people feel the need for a professional path change

You’re not the only one feeling the need for a career change.

Let’s face it. There comes a moment in just about every adult’s life when change is necessary. More often than not, this change involves your career. If you’re feeling stuck in your current career, and starting to consider alternative paths, teaching abroad might be just the right solution.

Maybe you never really knew what you wanted to do with your life, or maybe your goals and desires have simply changed with time. In any case, if you feel that your current occupation holds you back and does not fulfill your need for personal expression, creativity and deeper meaning, it’s time to look elsewhere.

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How to Prepare for Teaching Abroad

Teaching abroad is exciting, there’s no doubt about it. However, there’s a lot of preparation involved, and some people can become overwhelmed by that process.

Planning is essential to traveling, but people often miss things. Find out what.

Planning is essential to traveling, but people often miss things. Find out what.

Not to worry though. With the right planning and knowledge, you can be off on your teaching journey in no time. The following quick tips will help you to stay organized and simplify the tasks involved in preparing to teach English abroad. Continue reading

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15 Things I Wish I Knew Before Teaching English in Thailand

I’m Happy to share this post today from Lindsay, a LanguageCorps participant in Thailand.  She offers up some useful advice about important logistics such as underwear and toothpaste (among other things), that you might not think to consider before leaving home.  And check out her ridiculously gorgeous sunset beach shot!

See Lindsay’s advice below.

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5 Things You Won’t Miss When You Teach Abroad

We all know how much fun a holiday abroad can be, but is saving up for months just to go away for a few days really worth it? This is where teaching English as a second language (ESL) abroad comes in.

Lasting friendships often start in surprising places, however fellow teachers in a exotic country seem like good suspects

Lasting friendships often start in surprising places. However, fellow teachers in an exotic country are often a match made in heaven.

You get to travel, you get to teach, and you can make your journey abroad last for more than just a couple of weeks. And while living in a foreign country for an extended period of time might seem daunting at first, being away from home may be easier than you think. That being said, here are 5 things you won’t miss when you teach abroad:

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Using New Technology in The Classroom

Technology plays a big part in our students’ lives. It brings the content they want quickly and easily, it keeps them entertained, it helps them socialize. So why not try to incorporate technology into your lesson plans in the classroom?

The benefits are numerous and can lead to improvements in very specific problems tasks that you encounter.

Working with introverted students, for example, can be difficult especially for extroverted persons such as traveling teachers. But quieter students sometimes feel more confident online, where they can easily find their voice. Incorporating such helpful technology in the classroom can make introverted students feel more at home when they share answers and thoughts.

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Hungary – Teaching and Living in Budapest

Teaching in Hungary and living in Budapest? This sounds like a dream coming true

Teaching in Hungary and living in Budapest? This sounds like a dream come true
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Szia! This is how the warm-hearted people of Hungary would greet you. These hand-shakers live in a the heart of Europe, enjoying a large network of natural mineral springs, unique lively culture, and gorgeous well-preserved nature. Although the country keeps a low tourist profile due not having many mountains or any sea beaches, Hungary and its capital city, Budapest, have a story to tell. What better opportunity to hear it than teaching in Hungary?

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How To Advertise Your Tutoring Services Online

Personal tutoring is a financially sustainable and intellectually engaging avenue of freelance employment. Moreover, due to the competitive job climate, parents are increasingly motivated to find a tutor for their child who can help them achieve reputable academic qualifications to improve their employability prospects. As a result, it is important you advertise your tutoring services effectively in order to secure successful tutoring work. If you travel or work aboard, online networking is an excellent way to remain in contact with students; offering interactive online homework sessions and educational consultations. Moreover, if you have recently moved to a new country, you can use a wealth of online resources to connect you with tutoring networks and associations within your new area. Listed below are some of the most lucrative ways in which you can market your tutoring services online, in order to successfully promote your services to a vast online audience.

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Teaching and Living in Vietnam

Exotic Vietnam has much more to offer than endless beaches. The unearthly sunset over the Truong Son mountains is just one example of the countries beauty.

Exotic Vietnam has much more to offer besides its endless beaches. The unearthly sunset over the Truong Son mountains is just one example of the country’s beauty.

Back in 2011, the Vietnamese government set an ambitious goal to ensure that by 2020 every student leaving school will have a strong grasp of the English language. The demand for English teachers skyrocketed and three years later Vietnam is still in great need of ESL teachers. Now’s the perfect time to start teaching English in Vietnam. Continue reading

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