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Potentially exciting news! I talked with a man named David (probably not his real name) in Seoul, South Korea about half an hour ago, and as long as I purchase a better web cam than the one that I have now, I have an online teaching job starting next week. I would be teaching English to Korean elementary school students. The contract is verbal, so I am not 100% sure that it's going to pan out, but I'm going to buy that webcam anyway and hope that I really do get to teach these kids. I'm going to be starting my TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages) coursework this week, and a few months down the road I'm hoping to take the English teaching gig on the road, somewhere interesting and exciting.

I know I'm planning WAY ahead, but I've been looking at job postings for ESL teaching and thinking about where I'd like to go. For the first time in ages I'm daydreaming again, imagining myself in a teaching job somewhere in the world, and going exploring around the country on my days off. Mostly, I'd like to go somewhere where Spanish is spoken so that I have a chance of making myself understood, but the Latin American countries don't pay as well as Asian countries do. My most frequently-visited thought is that I'd love to teach in Cusco, Peru, which is in the high Andes, and which is only 75 km. from Machu Picchu, which is one of my dream destinations. And Cusco is a *gorgeous* city.

I don't want to teach in mainland China, and that's that. Nor does Japan interest me very much. But Hong Kong looks interesting, and isn't on the mainland, or I could go to Ulaanbator in Mongolia, or somewhere in Vietnam near Halong Bay. Halong Bay and the steppe of Mongolia are also on my must-see list.

It is lovely to have goals and daydreams again. This is the sort of thing that keeps the black dogs of depression off my back. I feel anxious - what if I can't do this? - but mostly I'm excited and trying not to second-guess myself.

The Spanish lessons and readings I'm doing are coming along well. I really really want to put my Spanish to the test somewhere! Pity that there's not job openings in Puerto Rico, which I love unreservedly.

Date: 2017-05-09 12:33 pm (UTC)
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Mongolia! *swoon*

Date: 2017-05-09 02:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] malgrin
Machu Pichu! (Also on my list!) Love the dreaming! Those are some great dreams!

Date: 2017-05-10 12:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] this_ascension
Dreams are what keep us going. I sincerely hope that all of yours come true. :) ♥

Date: 2017-05-10 01:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eclips1st
The issue with most Asian countries is that they are very conservative and expect you to look and be a certain way. But, it's quite an experience, or so did it seem based on my friends doing it! ;)

I don't know if it's still the same, or even an option for you, but the Middle East (Dubai, mostly) can be VERY good money as well. (In 2005, we were told all expenses paid (apartment, car, etc.) plus a good salary.)

Apart from that, back in Asia, one of my colleagues spent years in Korea but also in Thailand, which was amazing.

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