Why I Chose to Teach English in Vietnam
By Andrew McGuiness – Teaching English in Vietnam with a 100-hour TESOL Certificate
Most people take up teaching English as a way of supporting themselves while they live in a foreign country, and I was no exception. I had finished my PhD thesis and passed the viva and now I had to make some corrections to it – which mainly meant reading three or four books and vamping up the literature review. In Australia, I was working as an underpaid furniture removalist and couldn’t find time to work on my thesis corrections. I expected (and still do) to get a research position, but I knew that the lead time on applications meant it would be nine to 12 months before I was able to take one up. My wife and I were interested in Asia (where it’s possible for a new ESL teacher to get work) and we wanted to give our child the experience of living in a different culture while still young. We decided on Vietnam.
Why did I come to New Zealand to teach English? Ten years ago, at home in Colorado, I answered an advert that was for a job in Human Resources. It read “Live and work in an English speaking paradise”, I would never have guessed that ten years later I would be teaching British English and Business English here in New Zealand. My first work visa was for a Human Resource specialist, now I can’t imagine doing anything but teaching. I have been fortunate to work for the same London owned school for ten years. Read more
TEFL Taiwan By William Van Luven – Teaching English in Taiwan
I came to Taipei, Taiwan, on August 27, 2010. After packing up and leaving home several times in the past decade, to travel and live abroad, I found this particular departure easier to deal with. In the past, this was not the case.
My TESOL Career – ESL Teacher in Mexico
In the summer of 2002, about a month after graduating university and a week after the first ever Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee, I flew to Korea to teach ESL in an industrial suburb of Seoul. Possessing only about 200 cash and a backpack full of clothes and camping gear, I was fortunate to work for a good school run by an honest, helpful boss – not the case for many in the same circumstance.