MASSIVE update…

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I cannot believe that I have posted anything since August 13th. I feel so bad! So many things have happened and changed! Since my situation had changed, I have attended a local Girl Guide camp and fell for Teaching in Malaysia.

Anyway; back to my MASSIVE update! Since all the problems with my current job (yes I am still working in a school), I am still planning on going abroad September/October 2016. I have AirMiles (okay, okay they are called Avios now!) that I can use! I have signed to collect more by doing surveys for Avios. It only takes up a little bit of time each day! I am aiming for the Thailand Internship. I feel that I will enjoy it better than China; I can always head over to China after the five months?!

However; I have decided to go and visit my “family” in America for a few weeks – I know that I will use some of my points but as it is getting closer to Christmas (I cannot believe that I just said the C-word!!) I am hoping the “Santa and family” will give my US Dollars or even buy my some Avios. I have volunteered myself for a camp while I am in the USA. It will be good to see the camp from the “working” side as the last two times I have attended the camp I was a participant. I am REALLY looking forward to seeing them all again! I am excited about using my American Sign Language at the SIGNS restaurant in Canada.

As well as my job stressing me out; I have been trying to keep myself relaxed by crafting a lot more. Handmade Crafts & Cards has been doing better than I expected. At work; I have been working with one of my students who is originally from Albania, who happens to be Deaf. In theory, she is Tri-lingual! British Sign Language, Albanian and English. Her English is the thing that is suffering as she does not use it enough. I have been using the English Banana Elementary course; which I love! However; last week I was pulled off timetable to support another student and now she is suffering. I am still giving her homework though; I just hope that all is okay with her.

I am currently undertaking the Advanced Grammar TEFL Certificate; the last module I can do with I-to-I TEFL. I have also been listening to The Budget Minded Traveler; Jackie is an amazing blogger and she also does a Podcast. I have been listening to it during my commute to work. I am a little behind as Jackie has been producing the Podcast since 2014. I am loving her tips and hints and I have been inspired to save my pennies much more than I am!

I have written my reviews of my Teaching in Italy and Teaching in Vietnam modules. I will be posting them soon.

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Teaching in Malaysia?!

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This week I have been away with my Guides at our County International camp. It was fab! I met some ‘old’ friends and made some new ones! There was a large contingent of Guides from Malaysia. I found that their English was very good – they were all aged between 14 and 17 years old. I had a thought…what would teaching in Malaysia be like? Is there any schools looking for teachers? What is life like for a TEFL teacher out there?! I know that I could join the Guiding movement out there…well in the Penang area anyway!

I am wondering if there are any people in the TEFLing world who are currently teaching in or have taught in Malaysia as I would love to hear about your experiences.

How exciting?!

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On Friday morning I had a chat with Monica of New Life ESL. It was lovely to finally get together and meet face to face. I am glad that I finally sent off my CV to Monica and her company. I have been following them on Instagram for a few months and there have been adverts for positions all over China. However, some of the positions wanted either experience or to be a certain age. So, I never applied. Until Claire and Anthony said on a comment about the company; I thought what the heck – and I sent them off a copy of my CV.

During the chat, Monica mentioned about a place that her friend was in a particular school that I would like too and with in minutes of receiving an email from Monica saying she has sent my details over to this partner school I had an another email. It was from Charlotte from Beanstalk International Bilingual School (BIBS) – an interview was booked for today at 8am GMT/3pm CST. However, there were connection issues and it has been moved to tomorrow at the same time. I have looked round the website. It looks amazing!! I have even checked the island (yes, the school is on an island!) out in my Lonely Planet travel guide. I am pretty excited. Smiles here at the moment.

Visa Applications…

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I have been contacted by Monica from New Life ESL; as I stated in my last post and I have been researching how much the Visa procedure and about the price for the Medical exam from the Doctors. I really need to find a time where Monica and I can talk. I have also been contacted by Derrick; another member of the New Life ESL team and I have let him know about being contacted by Monica.

I have been thinking about Visas a lot since my second interview with Star Teachers and I was shocked about the price for the Visa. I looked on many websites where I can apply for the Visa. The sites were:

  • Chinese Visa Direct; they multi entry (which is what I will possible need; as I want to pop over to Hong Kong) price is £255.
  • The Chinese Embassy here in the UK; their price is £180. The actual service is with Visa For China; but the website did not load properly. I will keep trying to see how that goes.
  • Visa For China.org.uk state that there multi entry visa is £308. However, that is for the Express Visa Fee. The Regular price is £171.
  • There is another site called Visa HQ which I also looked at and their visa price is £131.19 however; that is only for a single entry and is for 90 days.

I do not know which one to choose; I prefer to choose the cheapest one – will it be the right choice though? I am wondering if i-to-i TEFL would know who I could choose. Or who they would recommend?

Are they anyone who has or is dealing with any of the Visa Application Centres? which one do you think I can use?

Interviewing For China…

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Well, today I have just conduced my second interview for a TEFL Teacher Recruitment company in China. I was nervous at first and worried that my second interview would be similar to my first. The first interview went okay; I had to be in the upper part of my house to get a better reception and I was only able to see part of my interviewers face. I am wondering if this is common practice when interviewing for jobs in China.

Both interviews took place in their Beijing offices; which were a little noisy at the start. There is a large time difference between here in the UK and in Beijing. Beijing is seven hours ahead of me and I had to conduct both my interviews in the morning. The first interview took place at 9am GMT; which made it 4pm CST (China Standard Time). It was also the end of the day for them. I must remember this whenever I call home when I start teaching in Asia. The second interview was supposed to start at 7am/2pm but on the confirmation email I was sent 8am/3pm – which I preferred. However; this was not passed on to the person who called me (on Skype) at around 7am. I think that there was a confusion of the Time Zone converting. I use the clock on my laptop; I have set it up to have Beijing as one of the Time Zones. I will change this depending on where I move to.

UntitledI was sent some material to use for my second interview; two eBooks and some information on what I was to do. I found tis rather difficult as I thought that on the information I would be given an age group or level to work with. The books I felt were aimed at Elementary level and for young children. I had to create at least one activity to do and it should last for about 20 minutes. I could only use three pages from the book – I would have preferred to use the whole book as that would have made the reading exercise easier. I decided that I was going to pretend that the second interviewer was one of my current four year old students. When it was time for the interview; she asked me ‘how old I wanted her to be?’ – Elementary and around 4 to 5 years old. I chose the book “Visiting Grandma and Grandpa”.

I found this interview very hard; as the interviewer took her role seriously. Only one word answers and not much facial expressions. Working with younger children you want to be able to get them to hold and see the book better or even reading it with them. Only using three pages was hard. I ended up using four – I had turned them into flash cards to help with the “having the book experience” . Fingers crossed it worked!

At this very moment in time; I have not received any information or details about if I was successful or not. After my first interview, the person who had organised the interview with me contacted me and told me that I had passed and would be moving onto the second interview. It has almost been an hour since I finished my interview and I have had nothing. I have this feeling I will not hear anything until tomorrow now. As the office in Beijing must be closed for the day. I’ll keep you all posted with this.

 

Doing more…

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Well, I have done it! Just bought the “Teaching in Japan” specialist module from i-to-i TEFL. It is only 5 hours; but I will be able to do it quickly, well I hope to!
Has anyone else done this module? What do you think of it?

I have already done the test; got 85% (go me!!) but the assignment is what is getting me down. I want to write more than the 150 words that the answers are requesting.

I will doing the “Teaching in China” module too and then compare the two modules. I know that I would be welcome and comfortable in Asia as I will become healthier and happier within myself.

My sister-in-law, Jo, was talking to me about what I am going to do when my mom retires from Guiding (Girl Scouts in the UK) in April next year. To be honest I don’t know, I don’t know if I could continue without her. I want to save my cash and sell all my crafts – Handmade Crafts & Cards @ Etsy – I have I get some cash together.