stuff they don't teach you in college

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“I moved out to this huge city all by myself. I had to grow up quickly. I learned a lot of things about the real world that my friends are just learning. Also, I started reading the dictionary and books about college education — I was teaching myself what my friends were learning in class. And it worked out — I would come home and talk to them about stuff that they hadn’t even learned yet.”  - Jensen Ackles

anonymous asked:

hi! i noticed in your Q & A you stressed that one should not pay for volunteer/work experiences. i just graduated college and i was thinking of teaching abroad in a year or two, but i don't exactly trust the programs (like ciee, where you have to pay to apply plus a fee). there is also stuff like the interexchange program where you can be a tutor for a summer and all this stuff i'm sure you're aware of. anyway, should i stay away from that and just save up to travel on my own later?

You just graduated college and you want to teach abroad? PERFECT. You have all the requirements you need to get a PAYING teaching job abroad, so don’t mess with programs that cost you a hefty fee and often don’t pay you- like some of CIEE’s programs or Interexchange.

First, figure out where in the world you want to go. You’ll have more luck and get paid better in Europe and Asia, but don’t let that stop you from going to the places you want.

Some places require you to get a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA degree, you can complete that online, which is sometimes expensive (make sure it’s somewhat reputable), or find a hybrid program that a TEFL certificate program and a job. There is an upfront cost, but you’ll be able to get that certificate and find a job in the process. I’ve considered Language Corps, but decided against it because of the upfront costs.

BUT! Others don’t care about these certificates, they just want native speakers. These are some programs that my friends have done:

South Korea: I have many friends who have moved to South Korea to teach and make bank. Often, schools cover moving and housing costs, so your salary goes straight to your pocket (ahem: student loans begone!). You do need to commit for a year, but either way, you’re only a hop-skip-away from all of South East Asia. 

Spain: The pay is not the best, butttt you are living in sunny, wonderful, beautiful Spain. Commitment is about 9 months. (Requires intermediate Spanish)

France: Everyone I know who did this program was basically poor (had to pick up part-time work) and near hated it, but they got to live in Paris– and other parts of France. (Requires intermediate French)

Of course, these are just SOME of what is out there. Do the research of the place you want to go and I’m sure you’ll find something. Just don’t give up or discouraged by all the sh*t on the internet. More resources on teaching abroad here:

Also, are you a US citizen? I’m assuming you are. If you want to put the work into it you can apply for a Fulbright English Teaching Assitanship Grant. You apply to your country of choice (almost all countries). See what country has good odds- like Germany hires 100+ ETAs and so on. the downside is that the application is THOROUGH, the waiting process is LONG, and you have no choice in placement. BUT you get everything paid for and then some. Some of my friends have saved 10k from the grant money.

Or, be brave and move to your country/city of choice and apply to jobs directly (this works well in most cases, like my friend Kali who moved to Madrid this year with no degree and now has a job as an English teacher).

** I’m not saying that you HAVE to get paid, volunteering is fine-and-dandy, but you should never pay more than you are going to receive. **

Phew- that was a lot. I hope I helped and if you need any more info on specific, I’ll do my best to assist :)

Classes that should be required in high school and college

Life Skills courses:
LS1320 Doing Your Own Taxes
LS1321 Maintaining a Budget
LS1322 Applying for a Loan
LS1323 Maintaining Good Credit
LS1324 Basic Car and Home Maintenance
LS1325 & 1326 *competent, thorough, and accurate sex ed and personal health courses*

Seriously not everyone has family or friends that can give them accurate information on how to do these things and people without access to this knowledge can and will be taken advantage of.