Just curious as to what most of you did before deciding to go teach abroad. I like the "hotseat" section of the website and wish they updated it more often.
Maybe you can post a little background or bio and what influenced you to take the big leap. What sacrifices did you make to live your dreams? Did you take a cut in pay? Leave a loved one or family behind?
Lets hear it!
My story is in my blog
Let's hear yours first there Johnny.
if i told u i'd have to kill uYour work/story before teaching abroad?
Last edited by been there done that; 21st April 2009 at 08:34.
Once is great.
Twice is too much.
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I will be sacrificing a very good job with great overtime, my house, and my car. But I want to travel, teach, and write. No kids and not married, so no sacrifice there.
...Before you throw everything away for exotic Thailand, why not set yourself up financially first? The glamour and excitement wears off quickly enough after a few months of the daily grind and the in-your-face reality that teaching here in your prime earning years is self-indulgent folly...
...definitely, travel here, and elsewhere, on your vacations...if possible, take a leave of absence from a well-paying job and try living here...I encourage a sense of adventure and a thirst for what is foreign: when in your twenties or fifties....but for the years in-between, common sense and financial prudence suggest you build and save for a comfortable future...
...unless, of course, you have family money or other sources of income to fall back on...in which case, ignore the above and consider Thailand your oyster...or something...
...majestically enthroned amid the vulgar herd...
So you never worked before?
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Before I taught abroad I was bored. Now, after 5 years teaching abroad, I'm bored.
We kept waiting
Still nothing changes
It's a shame
Before I started teaching I definately had more money. Woman have been my downfall, so no bodies fault except mine, now its me and the Dog. And the occasional BF GF GB, OH I am so happy now a little bit wealthier, although my dog does like pedigree English made biscuits typical.
The worst job in Thailand must be the man who has to sit down with a blue marker pen and mark a number two on the two-baht coins to stop people thinking they are one-baht coins.