HiOffer – a new beginning?

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Hello everyone!

I am sorry that it has been two months since my last post – life has not been good to me. I have been trying to stay focused on my current job to save the funds I need to go abroad and teach. However, while I was on Facebook one day I saw an advert of an online teaching platform – HiOffer. It is very exciting as I can set my own hourly rate.

You may have noticed that I have also added some “services” to my Facebook page – [add link]. These services are not just for people who do not speak English as their first language, but also for any student who wishes to improve their spoken and written English.

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Feeling sad…

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Hey everyone, I hope that you are well! I am currently feeling sad! I have had no response from the Portuguese applications; nothing, not a peep. I have been looking at other places. I am also waiting to heard from my current “part time” job to see if they are willing to take me on full time and as the Duty Manager. We have had a chat but they cannot say “yes” or “no” to me taking over the position – this is the reason why I am sad – I will have to hand in my resignation to my current “full time” employer on or before July 31st; which is only a month away. I have the letter ready; as I have done since last year as we were going to be made redundant – which never came to pass; all I need to do is change the date on it. That will not take me that long to do…

Also, I have been thinking should I start looking for a place to work that starts in September or January. If the job is a September start; it will not give me enough time to get the flights, visas etc. ready in time. However, a start date of January could be more viable – especially as I have been looking for places where they pay for the flights – for example: Korean Horizons. There is an allowance amount; if your flights is less you keep the cash but if it is more you pay the extra. To me that sounds reasonable. I have been doing some research though; I saw an advert on the I-to-I TEFL Job Boards for Korean Horizons and with any advert that says “Recruiter” I do a quick internet search. There were some interesting and helpful reviews of KH and its staff’ However; there were a few that made me a little nervous.

Has anyone got any experience of using a Korean recruiter or have used KH in the past?

I really need to get myself sorted not, as I am starting to hate what I am currently doing…

Learning the Lingo…

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I have been thinking about what I can do while I am on my TEFLing adventures. I have come to the conclusion that learning the lingo would help me the most in whatever Country I go to work in. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I am a user of Sign Language – currently fluent in British Sign Language and I am brushing up on my American Sign Language ready for my upcoming trip to the States.

I have been doing some research on the languages that are used in the three counties that i-to-i TEFL offer – Thailand, Vietnam and China. Sadly the Vietnamese and Chinese internships both start on the same day (20th August 2016) and I am unable to go, as I will have only just returned from America. The Thai internship does not start until October (I still don’t know the actual date; as it is not on the website yet!) and the May internship is still being advertised. I wonder if there has not been enough interest in the internship. I want to get all my finances in order; if it means I have to do some extra work either online or with my “real life” jobs, I will do it!

logoI have been looking at learning Thai when I am on the internship; we are going to be given some Thai Language lessons that GES will provide me with some basic and fun Thai Language training to help you with your day-to-day life in Thailand. However, I want to learn Thai Sign Language (TSL). I know that I would have to have the basic understanding of the “spoken” language before I could fully understand the Signed Language. I wonder if GES could point me in the direction of being able to learn TSL when I am out there. mtsl2balphabet2bthai2bsign2blanguage

I have a very basic knowledge of Nepalese Sign Language (NSL) and I would if I will be able to pick up TSL as quickly as I did NSL. It has been a few years since I did any NSL; as I was at University.

Has anyone else learnt the lingo of the country that they are working in? Would you recommend that I do learn the language?

Workaway…

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logoHas anyone ever heard of Workaway? I have been working my way through Jackie’s (The Budget Minded Traveller) podcasts and in Episode 5 (from April 2014) she was discussing about Workaway. To be honest, I have never heard of this programme until Jackie mentioned it (You rock Jackie!). It is a volunteering programme; however, there is a joining fee but it is for two years! Which it pretty fab! I would love to do a Workaway. There are so many places where I could volunteer. It is a great relief on the wallet and an amazing idea! I am wondering if it is something I could do when I have finished the internship; in whichever country I apply to!

I have had a good look around the site and for two years as a “Workawayer” will cost me $29.00; which is about £19.30. AMAZING right! I am very tempted to join; anyone interested? I bet Claire and Ant of To Love, To Live have joined up – if not; I recommend that they should!

I know that becoming a “Workawayer” will be an excellent experience to me and will improve me into an even better person!

Teaching in Vietnam: Module Review

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flag_map_of_greater_vietnamBeing a fan of Asia; when I saw this module being advertised on the I-to-I TEFL website – I was excited! The Teaching in Vietnam module was amazing! I found the Culture section of the module the most interesting. This section inspired me to buy the Lonely Planet Travel Guide; which I have read and marked some pages I want to research more. I have also looked into the Vietnam Internship.

I did not realise that Vietnamese food is one of the most varied and delicious cuisines anywhere. It’s a melting pot (sorry, for the pun!) of influences from the country’s foreign rulers. I also did not realise that eating is a social ritual in Vietnam. Meals comprise a number of dishes, served in no particular order, placed in the centre of the table to be shared by diners. I will have to be careful with my Nut Allergy when I am out there.

If you are thinking about teaching in Asia; adding this module to your resume will be a good idea!

 

Teaching in Italy: Module Review

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2000px-italy_looking_like_the_flag-svg The Teaching in Italy; the specialist teaching module from I-to-I TEFL was very enjoyable. It states that it is only a five hour long module; however, just to my current work commitments it took me a little longer than I expected! I am glad about this. I passed the module in August 2015. I found that the module was packed full of information about teaching in Italy. I found that the questions were similar to the ones I had answered before in my other Specialist TEFL Modules with I-to-I.

There were some surprises throughout the module; which I liked. I love the structure of the module as you can jump back and front through module!

I would recommend this module if you want to teach in Europe; even if you think that you already know about Italy!

Idiom of the Week: “At the Eleventh Hour”

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I cannot believe that another week has begun; which means it is now time for this week’s Idiom of the Week! The idiom for this week is At the eleventh hour”

“At the eleventh hour” means ‘at the last possible moment. (Just before the last clock hour, 12)’ or ‘almost too close’.

Here are some examples using the idiom:

She always turned her term papers in at the eleventh hour. We don’t worry about death until the eleventh hour.
Negotiators reached agreement at the eleventh hour, just in time to avoid a strike.