Reading the i-to-i blog…

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Over the last few days, after writing “HiOffer – a new beginning?” I have found that I am truly missing out on the TEFL/ExPat lifestyle. So, to persuade my mind even more, I have been reading the i-to-i blog. It is full of testimonials, tips, hints and real life experiences of current or former i-to-i graduates. This also does not help that I was speaking with an British man, who had just returned from over years in the Philippines. He was passionate that I should go and live my dream (as he put it). ‘Go, teach in China’ – that is all he said as he left me thinking.

I have been focusing on the the internship posts – Internship in ChinaInternship in Thailand and Internship in Vietnam

There are many posts about the three internships; but this one struck me the most –  5 Reasons to go on the Vietnam Intership – I was surprised on what i-to-i classed as the five reasons to go. Being a bit of a culture junkie; I would have written about the culture and the food – however, I am always thinking of food. It is what gets me through the day.

Currently i-to-i are having a “Save 50% off Paid Internships” sale. Vietnam is £595 and both China and Thailand are £971.25 – however, this is only until 28th April.

It is a shame that I do not have the cash ready to pay for my spot…

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?

I’ve finally extended….

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I have finally got round to extending my TEFL course (once again!) I was halfway through the Advanced Grammar course and I had just received my Checkpoint feedback from the tutor. I cannot wait to get back into the swing of things.

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As for my Internship/Job hunting; I have been looking in Europe and focussing on Thailand as my Internship choice. Sadly, both the China and Vietnam Internships both start on the same day – 20th August 2016. This is the day after I return from my trip to America and I would have to leave on the 19th to arrive in China/Vietnam on the 20th. I do not think that I would be able to get all that I needed for six months (or thereabouts), leave the airport and return within three or fours hours. So, fate has given me only one choice – Thailand. I am excited about this and I am just waiting for the closing date to arrive for the May intake to come and then I will start applying! I need this in my life. At my current job; I do not know where I am going to be based in when September arrives. The worst case scenario will be one Signer and one Teaching Assistant (TAs). There are six TAs and about 15 Signers; where will our jobs be? I think that it is time that I stop thinking of others and get myself happy. I am never going to achieve anything unless I push myself.

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!

 

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.

Life Update! I’ve got some good news!

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Yes! Everyone it is true! I have had some good news about my current job here in the UK. As you may all know; I volunteered to be made redundant from my job with the local County Council and I have now been told that it has been accepting. After Half Term; which is only two weeks away, I will be having a meeting to discuss the payment and what the next stages is. I have also been discussing the matter with some of my work colleagues about the payment – will it be taxed on and will we still get paid until the end of August? I have found out that it will not be taxed and I will still be paid until August 31. This is fantastic news for me; as this is the last booking date for the Thailand Internship with i-to-i TEFL. I could pay some of the deposit and then pay the rest of the payment on the 31st – this is hoping I will receive the payment on (or even before) this date. I will find more about when I should get the money at my meeting after the holiday.

Josh is now my Advisor at i-to-i; lovely lad and very helpful. I have been in contact with him about the Internships. I know that I will miss the closing dates for China and Vietnam due to the confusion and the completion of the re-shuffle. I have asked Josh, how much the internship fee would be for me; as you all know I have completed over 155 hours of TEFL training. I have worked out that it will be around £850, but that does not include my flights. I just hope that I can get a place and pay for it all by August 31st. At this time; I can only apply for the Internship in Thailand *waves at Kylie*; but if I miss the dates for the late 2015 internships, I can apply for the early 2016 internships would leave the UK around February time.

I have been doing a lot of “Spring Cleaning” and starting to throw and sell items I do not want nor need anymore. I have items on my selling websites and I am going to be going to weekly Car Boot sales where I live! My craft items are also becoming more popular!

I am feeling very positive at the moment; I just hope that I will stay that way! I’ll keep you all posted!

Just another day…

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It is Sunday already and November is almost at its end. I cannot believe that the month has flown past; it has pasted me by very fast. I am still waiting to find out if I am able to have a Sabbatical for my current job. However; I will know more at the start of December. I would prefer to know now and then I get my place on the Vietnam Internship all booked and then I can save up for everything else; like Visas, spending money and buying some resources.

Talking about resources; I have been talking with one of the English teachers (not a TEFL teacher) about resources. It seems that we both useUntitled-1resources (which I am loving). It is a small world; don’t you all think? I have also told her about this blog (I love telling people about this place…); she mentioned about a Facebook Page that she runs – I will post the link when I find it. I have been a little down today; but that could be due to not knowing what is happening with my current job. I really want to know what is happening so I can get my life in order. I REALLY want this and I know that I am ACTUAL ready to go. I have been thinking about what I should pack and what I would miss while I am away.

I have also been researching about the currency in Vietnam and what the exchange rate currently is. The money I will receive on the Internship will be in Vietnamese Dong but it will be converted into US Dollars. It is interesting to see how far my money will get me. I wonder if I will have to get a Vietnamese bank account while I am there. I will have to email Rebecca and ask her.

Doing the Vietnam Internship?!

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Well, I am all excited (again!) about an Internship programme organised by i-to-i TEFL; but this time it it all about the Vietnam Internship it is cheaper than the China Internship; which makes life a little easier for me; as I will not need to save as much money. The lovely Rebecca; one of the Advisers at i-to-i, has been very helpful. I had so many questions about the Internship; from flights, accommodation, food and the actual cost. she answered all the questions bar one – the flights! I was wondering which airport to fly into; however, I would not know until I had been accepted onto the Internship. *Thumbs up*

AviosI have been very cheeky and I have already been watching some of the flights to Vietnam from the UK. I have been saving my AirMiles (they are now called Avios points) for a while and I am at 17,420 points. I just hope that I can use them to get to Vietnam. I want to save as much cash as I can!

Things to do

I have created a HUGE “Things To Do” List; which is a massive list of things I need to do to make this trip a reality. However; there is only one person I need to persuade (or tell) and that is my mother. I think that she is worried that I will not be able to cope; afford or even enjoy being away from her (and the rest of my family). I have also contacted the boss of my current job and inquired about having a Sabbatical for the time I would be in Vietnam; however, the place where I am working is about to go through a major re-structuring process and no one knows what it is going to be like in August 2015. I will have to wait until December this year to find out more. I will keep you all posted about that. I know that teaching English is the next step for me and I have to stop thinking about it and just do it!

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I have finally started the Teaching Business English module and surprisingly I am enjoying it. However; i-to-i have a new teaching platform and my new modules (Business English and Korea) are on this new platform whereas my ‘older’ modules are on the old platform. It gets very confusing sometimes.I am in two minds about doing the Advanced Grammar course as it is the next level after my Grammar Awareness Course (which I need to remind myself to re-read before I even start any teaching). I know that whatever modules I complete with i-to-i with increase my chances of achieving a teaching post; I just need the experience. I know that completing the Internship, I will gain the experience and confidence to teaching anywhere.

I am still a little down after the MEDDEAS application; but there is a silver lining (ooh…an idiom to add to the list) which comes in the form of the Vietnam Internship. I just need to get my arse in gear. The lovely Rebecca sent me an email with some links and I thought that I would share them with you.

Camilla went on the Vietnam Internship in 2012. Her posts on the Chalkboard are very interesting. She is also a Featured Writer on the i-to-i Blog

The Very First Vietnam Internship was a blog post; where Camilla was interviewed about her time in Vietnam.

TTV Vietnam Internship – What’s It Like?!; another blog post about the Internship. There is also a video on the post; but I thought that I would post it straight here:

Annabelle’s blog – Do They Have Earl Grey Tea in Vietnam?

Because I am SUPER EXCITED (sorry for the caps) I now need to work through my “Things To Do” list and get the pennies in! I am now wondering if any of you lovely people who are followers of my blog; could help me with this Vietnam dream of mine? Please can you all head over to any (or all) of these online shops and see if there is anything that takes your fancy. There are going to be many things being uploaded in the next few weeks.

Etsy: Handmade Crafts & Cards

eBay: Cards Of All Types

Vinted – here is where I am selling my ‘pre-loved’ clothes and accessories

Internships?!

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I recently applied for a job at my former University as a member of the teaching staff; my degree is in British Sign Language and I thought that this would be a brilliant opportunity to get some cash together and gain some teaching experience at the same time. Alas; it was not to be. I have not been short listed. So, back to saving for an internship. I headed over to i-to-i TEFL and had a look at the internship page; this is what greeted me:

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How exciting right? I contacted i-to-i TEFL and I am waiting to hear back from them. I am wondering if this is possible; I would love to know how much the 50% is as the last time I spoke to i-to-i the price was about £995 (and something) for just the internship. This is due to me completing so many module…I really want this now.

You may have all noticed that there is a new banner here on my page – Forever Living; well ladies and gents I have started as a Distributor of their wonderful products. I will be able to take the business with me when I teach abroad.

Another income will not hurt me; will it?