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Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by B_NineInchCock_160IQ, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. B_NineInchCock_160IQ

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    with school, for good. Final grades posted today. Anyone else with career advice on moving overseas to work [I have an English degree and my TESL (teaching English as a second language) certification] is welcome to pm me or post here. Anyone who want to share an opinion on South Korea, Hong Kong or Japan is welcome to do so as well, as I'll likely end up one of these three places. Wherever I can make the most money, really. For now. Once I'm out of debt than I'll be going wherever fate and whimsy takes me.
     
  2. Mr. Snakey

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    Congrats! Im sure you will do well . You are a bright guy.............:smile: :cool:
     
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    Congrats man.. Well done. I know nothing of working in the east, but if you want to come to The Netherlands I've got some experience. Let me know.
     
  4. Lordpendragon

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    I'd advise Hong Kong first off - maybe consider Shanghai.

    Hong Kong can be a bit claustrophobic after a while and it is very expensive to rent anything decent.

    Korea is a beautiful country but the food doesn't agree with everyone and the culture shock is most likely more as very few people speak any English whereas in HK they do.

    I am over there next month - do you want me to find anything out for you?
     
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    If I think of anything I'll let you know.

    In general I like Korean food and I have been in places before where nobody spoke English and I was fine. I actually enjoy this type of setting as it takes some of the pressure off me to say anything, and I'm not the chatty sort. I can just be quiet, dark and mysterious, which is what I do best.

    I know Hong Kong and certain parts of Japan can be very expensive to live in, I'm looking for an employer who will provide room and board for me. I already know of some in Korea that will do this.
     
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    In my time in Hong Kong, I was astonished at how few people had any real command of English. But NIC would still find it easier to live there than in Korea.
    NIC rightly notes that the rental rates are exorbitant ... but some employers, at least four years ago, did still offer housing bonuses.
    Also, some of the smaller islands (I think of Lama in particular) are less expensive and much more liveable, to my mind, than Hong Kong Island itself or Kowloon.
    I imagine that Hong Kong is still the most lucrative city to teach ESL.
    (One problem, however, is that Hong Kong is getting more intimately stitched into China, politically, economically, and above all, psychologically. And one result is that demand for English instruction has dropped somewhat, while demand for Mandarin instruction has increased. Which is not to say that NIC won't find work ... with his current qualifications, I'd be surprised if he wasn't working at a nice job within two weeks.)
    All my obvervations of this ever-changing landscape are, I should acknowledge, four years old.
     
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    Ryan, I have an Anglo friend who has lived in Asia since he graduated college back in the mid 1980's. He has lived in several places in China, has been on work assignments in Hong Kong, and he spent extensive time in Seoul. I can put the two of you in touch, if you like. He's got experience with finding affordable housing, playing the passport/visa games, all that good stuff.

    Congratulations on finishing your degree and certification (my next door neighbor just finished her Master's and certification in the same field, I've wondered if you two attended school together...)

    And I'm sorry our plans for last weekend collapsed, but look forward to us rescheduling after Jan. 1....
     
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    Congrads!!!!!
     
  9. naughty

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    Congrats Ryan!

    I know it is a major weight off your back. Do you think at some point you will want to go back and get a masters or PhD ?
     
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    WTG, Ryan. Best of luck in finding enjoyable employment.
     
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    *blows horns and waves hands in the air*:rolleyes:

    Well done, Ryan.
     
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    Korea can be a great choice but there are some horror stories (published locally in Toronto) of unscrupulous employers who find a fraudulent reasons to break the contract with a lot of money owing after a teacher has completed most of the contract. Extending a visa to fight it becomes unlikely. Get the money in a strict schedule. Many of the teaching schools are privately owned. Do your research Ryan, and get with a good employer.

    Also consider some of the centres away from Seoul. Daegu is apparently a more visually attractive place to live and has a large student population. There are high speed trains that make the trip to Seoul last only a few hours. Some people prefer the charm of a smaller place with some history preserved, than Seoul where it's crazy busy with 11 million population and concrete everywhere. Both have much to offer, though I've never been.

    Just remember it's culture is based on rank by age. People can be highly insulted by a younger person speaking Korean to them in a flat level rather than the appropriate respect level.

    Good luck! :biggrin1:



    Try to contact dirtyde for info. She has teaching experience in Korea and southeast Asia.
     
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    I doubt it.... but after high school I had no intention of going to college at all, so who knows.
     
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    South Korea: Pays well, but is a damn expensive place to live. Plus, the current political situation makes it it an interesting place to live in, but I guess it's not worse than Germany before the 1990s. But the landscape is absolutely fascinating, wouldn't dislike goign there.

    Japan: If you like living in a box fitted to your height and width as an apartment, go for it. Also, if you visit hotels there, you have to ask before you book whether they have "European room" (larger than 54 ft², bed longer than 5'3").

    Hong Kong sounds like a place to go.
     
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    Good points, Claire. A "round-eyes" who is 6'4"+ may have difficulty finding comfortable accomodations anywhere in less westernized Asia.
     
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    Yay Ryan! What an accomplishment! I know you'll do great things! Good luck on your decision and future endeavors, anyplace you choose will be lucky to have you.
    Kisses....
     
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    All I can do is add to the congratulations offered up to you, Ryan. Wherever you end up teaching, I hope it will start you well on your way to where you want to go in life!:smile:
     
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    Ryan,

    Just wanted to let some time pass on this thread before letting you know I read your crap :) I like it.

    I'm glad you finished.

    And whether you like it or not:

    "God Speed" to you.
     
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