I’ve spent many days reading this forum and found some very useful information here and there. However, none of them pertains to my situation directly so I am risking this thread to ask about it. Many apologies if this seems redundant. And thanks always for any input.
Background: I have a BA in Psychology. I tutored and did a lot of volunteer work (especially with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America) while in college. I am not TEFL/ESL certify. I am currently working under contract with a non-profit group that deals with children who has special needs. I enjoy working at the non-profit but there’s no room for advancement, and I feel as if the water is getting stagnant. I have no plans to attend grad school anytime soon, and I want to see the world.
The idea of teaching/living abroad has always had its appeal to me. It is only earlier this year that I had begun to seriously consider it. At the moment, I have a friend who is with Hess. He encouraged me to apply but, unfortunately, I did not make it in their selection process. I then sent my application to Reach To Teach after reading (mostly) positive reviews on here. R2T emailed stating that there is no current position in Taiwan but they have openings in Korea (EPIK) if I’m interested. However, since I started researching this subject, I’ve decided that I would try to skip Korea and Japan due to their (mostly) high standard of living. I realize this may be unfounded since I’ve never lived there so anyone with experiences with said countries and/or the EPIK school can chime in.
Furthermore, even though I’m not in it for the money but the experience, I would like to know that my salary is at least enough to cover my daily expenses. I don’t miss living like a broke college kid but I will do it if I have to (within reasons). I am also not limiting myself to Taiwan. Other countries I’m considering are Thailand, Vietnam, and China. Anyone with experience with said countries are welcome to chime in as welll. Also, what are some good sites to look for job postings from these countries? So far, I’ve only ventured to eslcafe and tealit.
All in all, I’m just looking to get my foot in the door. I also realize that with the economic slump right now I am competing with teachers who are far more experienced in this field than I am. I do not have a definitive date but I would like to start teaching somewhere before this year is over. A lot of various threads in here suggest that one move to Taiwan then hit the pavement since that is where the good jobs are; however, I personally feel more secure if I have a job prior to going anywhere so that strategy is out of the question for me.
Thanks for reading. I apologize for such a long and winded post. If nothing comes through I think I’ll just join the Peace Corp. One more thing, I am of Asian ethnicity. I accept the fact that there are pros/cons to being so; I won’t let it bother me.