“Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.”
“Travel doesn’t become adventure until you leave yourself behind.”
Have you ever thought about Teaching English Asia? Over the past couple years, Asia has become a more and more popular destination for people looking to teaching English abroad. And with good reason. Asia currently boasts one of the strongest TESOL job markets in the world, and with a comparatively low cost of living, it’s possible for teachers to save quite a bit of money while working in the region.
But what about the other benefits of teaching English in Asia?
I thought I would put together a post today with some of the cool photos we have received from Asia over the past couple years. Because in addition to economic incentives, teaching English in Asia affords one the opportunity to live in the most fascinating culture in the world, in my opinion. I know that the first time I traveled to Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, my mind was blown. It was just so different from anything I had experienced previously, whether in the states, Europe, or even Latin America. It was overwhelming, but after a few weeks, I grew to love it, and was very sad to leave when the time came.
So, I hope that you will find some enjoyment in the photos that follow! Click read more for pictures.
Peru has been one of the most popular places to Teach English in Latin America for several years now. Our Latin American programs have always been popular with those looking to improve their Spanish skills, or just have an authentic experience in this beautiful and fascinating region of the world. Most participants in Peru opt to take advantage of our homestay option during the four week TESOL training and certification course, living with a local family for the duration of the course. A homestay is a great way to fully immerse yourself in the culture of your new surroundings, brush up on your Spanish skills, and enjoy some authentic local cuisine while earning your TESOL certificate and preparing to Teach English Abroad.
We just heard from David, a current LanguageCorps teacher in Cusco, Peru. He writes about the slower, simpler pace of life in Peru, and loves his new job as an EFL teacher! As David says, teaching English in Latin America probably isn’t going to make your rich, but if you’re looking for an authentic cultural experience, and living simply sounds good to you, then Peru might be your destination.
“(My pay) is enough for rent and to live a humble life, generally things are cheaper in Peru so the pay is enough to get by. Other than that living in Peru is slow and simple. Life moves slower here than other places that I have lived, and teaching has been wonderful. I love my job and I love the clients that I have worked with. Things are going well, and I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to enrich my life.”
For more information about teaching English in Peru, check out http://www.languagecorps.com/teach-english-peru/.
Having the time of your life teaching English abroad? Love documenting the experience? Well, here is your chance to share your work with the world and earn some extra money!
All you need to do is create a video or photo album of your experience living abroad – teaching, traveling, out with friends…the subject doesn’t matter, so get as creative as you want!
Post your video on youtube, or upload your photo album to the site of your choice (Flickr, Webshots, your Blog/Tumblr, etc.) Include a brief description of what we’re seeing and how LanguageCorps helped get you there, along with a link back to our website www.languagecorps.com. When you’ve finished uploading, email the link along with your name, LanguageCorps program (such as Thailand, Nov 2012) and current email address to Steve.Patton@languagecorps.com. It couldn’t be easier!
Entries will be accepted through April 30, 2013. Submit as many as you like. LC will review all the entries submitted, and our US staff will vote on their favorite Videos and Albums. Prizes include:
First Place = $250
Second Place = $150
Third Place = $50
The last time we held a media contest we got some outstanding submissions, and we are really looking forward to seeing some more excellent work from LanguageCorps teachers all over the world!
Submissions must be received by 11:59pm (EST) on April 30, 2013, and winners will be announced by May 15, 2013.
So what are you waiting for? Grab that camera and start recording your adventures!!!
(LanguageCorps reserves the right to link to any/all videos and albums submitted for consideration, to use the content for marketing purposes, and to limit prize distributions if the quality and/or volume of submissions is lower than anticipated. Employees of LanguageCorps Inc. and/or LanguageCorps Asia are not eligible.)
Not All Who Wander Are Lost
I saw this quote today, and it got me thinking. We often view travel as an escape, or a way to avoid the realities of life. We hear these types of stories all the time. Hate your job? Quit and throw your stuff in a backpack and hang out in Europe for a while! Want to avoid sitting in an office all day? Move to Mexico and become a fisherman!
The most common question we hear from people who are interested in teaching English abroad is simple. How much money will I ACTUALLY make? It’s not that everyone is looking to get rich, but we all have bills to pay of course, and you need to make sure that teaching abroad is going to make sense financially.
We received a very thorough email recently from a teacher in Vietnam, with some first hand insight into the job market in Southeast Asia. She speaks to the strength of the LanguageCorps community in the region, the advantage of our TESOL certification programs, and how much she LOVES living in Vietnam! Even with a hefty monthly student loan payment, this teacher is able to comfortably cover her expenses on her teaching salary, and it sounds like she’s having quite the adventure! LanguageCorps has helped many teachers to differ their student loans while teaching English abroad, but it’s interesting to hear from someone who is taking a different route and making it work.
It sounds like we’re bragging, but we’re not trying to! This was an unsolicited email from a real teacher, and we thought it provided some useful info about the realities of living and working in Southeast Asia. Check it out below, and if you’re thinking about teaching English abroad, don’t hesitate to contact LanguageCorps!
We just heard from a satisfied LanguageCorps participant in Vietnam that is thoroughly enjoying her time in Saigon. All LanguageCorps programs begin with a four week TESOL training and certification program, and following that, our staff helps participants to find paid jobs teaching English abroad. This person in Vietnam sent an email home to the LanguageCorps office recently, and let us know how happy she was with the whole process.
Do you want to travel the world, but keep putting it off? Are you bored with your day-to-day routine, just waiting for the right time to stand on the Great Wall of China, explore the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat, or marvel at the Statue of David? Is your New Years Resolution to finally make time for that bucket list?
Then make 2013 the year you teach English abroad!
To celebrate the New Year, LanguageCorps is offering a $100 discount on all programs. Just submit your deposit in the month of January 2013, and you will save $100 on the LanguageCorps teach abroad program of your choosing (subject to approval of your application).
With a wide variety of TESOL training and certification programs in 21 different countries throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America and The Middle East, there’s a good fit for pretty much everybody. If you are interested in traveling and living overseas, and looking for a practical way to make it happen, then teaching English abroad may be the right move, and LanguageCorps can help you through every step of the process.
There is no better time to change your life than the New Year. So if you’re ready to start fresh in 2013, head over to www.languagecorps.com and begin your personalized adventure in teaching English abroad!
More information about LanguageCorps, an internationally accredited organization that helps people to teach English abroad can be found at www.languagecorps.com.
LanguageCorps offers a variety of specialized programs for talented people who want to gain international experience with teaching jobs abroad. Programs are offered in 21 different locations in 18 countries, with opportunities to teach English in Europe, Latin America, and throughout Asia.
LanguageCorps is thrilled to announce our new partnership with American University’s School of International Service (SIS)!
We’ve posted a lot of anecdotes from our teachers over the past couple months, but I thought our readers might be interested in this email that we received from the parent of a LanguageCorps participant. Her daughter is currently teaching English in Thailand and having an awesome time, and this proud parent sent us a note that made us beam! We know that parents are often apprehensive about their children heading off into the world to teach English abroad. And it’s understandable. We fear the unknown, and of course we want the best for our kids, and want to know that they’ll be given every chance to succeed, no matter what the circumstances.