When I first started my search for a TESOL job in Germany, I began to search online for different language schools in the area. I applied to school after school and received little feedback. Shortly after, my girlfriend got a job in another city called Bochum. So we had to move to there, which was good seeing that nothing had come up for me in Kassel.
I still remember waking up after my 16 hour flight from Vancouver to magnificent views of bright blue sea mixed with large expanses of lush greenery, sprinkled with coral coloured rooftops. I remember feelings of pure excitement and joy. My fears experienced prior to my departure (and again halfway over the Pacific – there was a moment when I awoke mid-flight with feelings of panic and dread, thinking “WHAT are you doing, Meg?!”) were completely overcome by that warm comforting feeling one gets when arriving home after a long journey.
After deplaning and clearing Australian Customs, I made my way to the guest house where I’d be spending the next 2 weeks. A friend of mine from Canada would later meet me in Sydney, and we’d attempt to find a flat to rent for the year. Both of us had work permits enabling us to work in Australia for a period of 12 months.
It was October of 2010 when I sold my car, quit my job, and bought my plane ticket. It came to a point in my life where I just had to simply “do it”. On November 16th I flew into Frankfurt, Germany and headed east to Kassel where my girlfriend lived. I had little money ( I refused to touch the money I got for my car in case something happened) and no idea where I was going to get a TESOL job in Germany. All I knew was that I had made a huge decision and I needed to make it work.
As far as teaching private lessons goes, I am relatively new but I can definitely say that I am learning quickly. I began posting flyers all over town on the stop signs, bus stops, cross walks, metro stop, and announcement boards. I think you really have to be strategic about where you put your flyers. For example, if you put your flyer on a street lamp on a small alley near your house I can almost guarantee it will only get looked a hand full of times. Whereas if you tape your sign right next to the entrance of the metro it will get looked at hundreds of times and you are very likely to get some investigative calls.
The first thing I recall fretting about, after making my decision to come to Taiwan, was housing. Plunging into a foreign country, head first, with no first-hand experience with local real estate, can be intimidating. A good deal of research should take place before any housing situation is formally agreed upon. Prospective renters should ideally visit their potential homes before signing any contract since any number of unforeseen problems can arise in the absence of a proper inspection.
Hi, my name is Meghan. I’m an ESL instructor, currently a member of the English for Academic Purposes faculty at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. While I’ve got my “dream job” now, it all began in Sydney Australia. I spent the best year of my life teaching English in Paradise, and I’m going to share my stories, tips, and advice with you, with the hope that you too will partake in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, such as mine.
Even if you don´t speak Spanish, don´t rule out flying to Mexico and searching for a job by yourself. Without Spanish, getting information about schools may be a little tricky, but once you are through the door, the receptionist and the person who interviews you will almost certainly speak English.