Planning for 2016…

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Well, happy new year to you all and I cannot believe that it is now 2016. 2015 was a year full of excitement and despair for me; being in offered jobs in China, Poland and Thailand and being unable to take them as I could not afford to get there. My current jobs are trying their best to keep me happy and pay my TEFL adventures. I have almost finished the Advanced Grammar module (to be honest I need to be pretty quick to finish it…) – I wonder if i-to-i will have any more modules for me to complete. 😂

This year I have decided that I WILL be teaching the English abroad. I am waiting for a call from the lovely people at i-to-i to discuss the internships. I want to do a payment plan with them. Hopefully this will show them how committed I am to taking abroad and representing them. To save money, I will be doing more of the Rewards For Thoughts scheme from Avios to gain something towards my flights. I will be having a massive selling session of all the items I have not used in 2015 – this includes books, clothes and DVDs. I will be releasing most of the second hand books that I own via BookCrossing. I will post where and when I will do my releasing, for everyone to see. My beloved Starbucks card collection will also be up for grabs! I am looking forward to seeing there the cards will go to.

I will be teaching more at SkimaTalk; I now have a tablet with I have connected to Skype so I can teach anywhere. I am very excited about this year…what about yourself? 😁

Getting to the airport…

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I am going to visit my “American Family” in July 2016 and I am looking forward to it. It will get me all prepared for the travelling I am aiming to do in October 2016. I have been thinking about I am going to get to the Airport. I know that my family; well definitely my Mum will want to see me off. However; I have been wondering if I got there on my own and it would save my family money – as they would have to drive to whichever airport I will leave from. I know that mum will be fine while we are driving down but she has admitted to me that she will probably get lost on the way home. My brother will be working and possibly be unable to take me.

The example journey is from home; the nearest town is Northampton to Heathrow T5 – this will be for more expensive trips. I have also only priced for the single fare; as you don’t know if I will come back or not. I may enjoy life abroad too much.

Firstly, I thought that the train would be a more direct route; however, I would have to change at least twice – depending on the train company I would use – and the price would be around £60/£70.national_express_7102_caetano_levante_fj08_knw_metrocentre_2009_pic_1

panthermegabuswebThen, I thought about using National Express – it would be a long drive and could cost between £12 and £20. I thought of Megabus; and currently that is the cheapest and quickest option. However, I would need to buy an Underground ticket to get from Victoria Station to Euston Station – this would be around £6. The Megabus itself would only be around the £5 mark; if I booked it early enough. At the moment, that is my best option.

Sadly, I would have to leave on the Megabus from Milton Keyne, which I am not a far of getting to. The National Express goes straight to the Terminal of Heathrow; also I can get discount as “I know some people”.

How would you get there?

When I get to America, I will be using the US Megabus from NJ to my friends in New York  state. However; I am volunteering with the Girl Scouts in New Jersey for a week at their International camp. So, I will be working out how to get from the airport – which will be Philadelphia. commuter3

I am nervous about this part; should I? If you have any experience of using any of the modes of transport, please let me know!

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.

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?

Didn’t get it, but there is a sliver lining…

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On Wednesday morning via Skype I received confirmation that I didn’t get the position with the recruiter. I was not told why; I was wonder if they had read the post I wrote after the interview. However; there is a other position they think will be good for me. I need to think about it as I don’t know if I want to apply or not as it is just one interview with a person from HR. If it I’d like the first interview, I was not looking forward it! I However; I had the interview on Thursday morning. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. Very relaxed and the conversation flowed better than my first (first!) interview. The position is for a Public School placement in a District of Beijing. I am going to see how much everything; as in Medical Report and Visas are before I decide.

The sliver lining is that after Claire and Anthony’s reply to “Interviewing for China” I headed over to New Life ESL and had a look around to see if its for me. I decided to send them my CV and they contracted me on Friday morning saying to give them call. It will be an early morning call; well it will be for me as Monica is only available at 8.30-10.30 CST – it will be 1am-3am for me. I am excited! I have contacted Monica stating that I am trying to find the time to contact her. I just hope that all will be okay!?

What a week! Not just a holiday!

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What a week I have had this week! On Friday; before we broke for the holiday, I had a chat with a Senior Support Worker about what was happening with myself and my job. She has reassured me that all is okay and that the meeting dates at currently being planned. However, this consultation had been going on for almost two years now and it may look like there is not much happening. There is a lot happening; this is what the corporate statement is stating. But none of the people involved still do not know anything. This is worrying me now. I will have to find a job for six months before I head out on the internship (the internship I still haven’t decided on yet!). I have been thinking about applying to the local supermarkets and coffee shops just to keep me afloat as the redundancy money will be spent on the internship and the flights. I will still need to pay rent while I am still living with my mother.

During this Spring Back Holiday/Whitsun Holiday, I received my meeting letter and how much they are going to give me. Sadly this was not what was originally to be. I will be asking MANY questions on Tuesday. I would really like to know what is happening; I want to get excited about moving abroad and teaching there! I have been doing my TEFL training for so long now, I want to start the next chapter in my life.

Idiom of the Week: “Best thing since sliced bread”

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How can I start the week with food; it is a must. I am currently on a diet and I am missing bread (I have cut bread out *sad face*). I have found researching the idioms a challenge sometimes and it is interesting (and in some way exciting) to find out where, when and how these idioms came about. This week’s idiom is not exception. Best things since sliced bread is an idiom I have heard my mother use in the past; especially when I was in my teenage years. I heard her say it to my younger brother when it came to his computer games and the current trends. This is a humorous idiom

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if someone or something is described as the best thing since sliced bread, people think they are extremely good, often better than they really are Portable phones are marketed as the best thing since sliced bread, but to me they’re just another expensive gadget. The way he goes on about heryou’d think she was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Wordle Wednesday: Shapes

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I have noticed that I have not been doing a lot of other subjects within Wordle Wednesday and I feel that it is about time that I do! I have decided to start with Maths. This is why this week’s theme is “Shapes”

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Word List:

  • circle
  • cone
  • cylinder
  • ellipse
  • hexagon
  • irregular shape
  • octagon
  • oval
  • parallelogram
  • pentagon
  • pyramid
  • rectangle
  • semicircle
  • sphere
  • square
  • star
  • trapezoid
  • triangle
  • wedge
  • whorl

Idiom of the Week: “Barking up the wrong tree”

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It is the start of another week; which means only one thing…it is time of the idiom of the week. I absolutely love this idiom; I always have the mental image of a dog barking up a fake tree with a confused look upon his face. I, myself, have done this many a time – I know me; the perfect woman (only joking!). It is strange to hear people using this idiom as an everyday thing.

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Meaning:
to make the wrong choice; to ask the wrong person; to follow the wrong course. (Alludes to a dog in pursuit of an animal, where the animal is in one tree and the dog is barking at another tree.)
Examples:
If you think I’m the guilty person, you’re barking up the wrong tree.
The hitters blamed the team’s bad record on the pitchers, but they were barking up the wrong tree.

Stop Taking my Pencils!

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I think that this is a fabulous idea! Just would I get away with it?! I wonder how they feel when the students are using them… I have also said “swap for a pencil”; but the current place I am working in frown upon asking a student for the show for a pencil. I have found that it has worked; but only if all the teachers use the system!

The Ardent Teacher

I don’t know about you, but no matter what I have tried in the past, my pencils always seem to disappear! I have a special holder on my desk for ‘student pencils.’ I have previously asked them to leave a shoe in exchange for a pencil. I thought that if my students would hobble around my classroom with only one shoe, they would surely remember to give me my pencil back. But, sure enough, my pencils would slowly disappear! So, I recently came up with a new idea for keeping my pencils from getting “kidnapped” (napped by kids) and thought I would share it with you!

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