Monthly Tefl thread. I'm an American who teaches English to children in Thailand. I've been here for 4 years. I've also taught English for 2 years in Japan. I intend on staying and teaching in Thailand for the rest of my life.
If anybody has any questions about teaching English in a foreign country ask away.
>>934223 I'm engaged to a girl. Quality of life here is good. I'm about to finish my masters so I will be making more money. My life is a lot better then it was before I got here. So yeah all of these reasons.
>>934223 >>934208 (OP) >rest of my life >jesus christ why I'm also curious, you could be teach in English in south Korea and other Asian countries. Why lock yourself down to one place for the rest of your life?
This thread is dedicated to Americans getting shit just for being American whenever they travel. >be in Australia at a bar with a british girl I just met >bartender has passed me up three times because people he knows are ordering drinks >say "excuse me" and order my drink >british girl says that was sooo rude, and very American. Calls me an asshole typical American wut. pic unrelated. taken in New Zealand. I'm sure other... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>Be in Malaysia >meet Danish girl. "I'm surprised you're not fat. I thought all Americans were fat"
>Be in New Zealand >British dude at the hostel shitting on America because we're Imperialist scum. Literally preaching >don't care because he's kind of right, but fuck him >Later on in the night get's drunk and says something insulting to this british... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>937817 Really? I get it from people all the time. I don't even care about people being critical of the states because we're nearly a shit-tier country at this point, but people give me shit on the basis of being American.
For those who have been to the Philippines, can you share your experiences here in detail? What were the best and worst parts of the trip? Were you surprised by anything?
I'm considering going next year. Particularly to the Visayas region for nature, beaches, and mingling with villagers. Considering stops in Cebu, Surigao, and Siargao. I don't plan on exploring Manila whatsoever, as from what I understand it's quite a polluted shithole.
As a rule, no-one is going to hassle you other than idiot guys 'flirting' with you. You're probably used to that though. So yeah, unless you're going to a really bad area you'll be fine. Just use your common sense, you're probably more at risk of thieves than rapists etc.
And the obvious stuff: Don't get black-out drunk, keep an eye on your drinks, and most of all have a good time!
>>935380 >be a grown adult >always wanted to head over to Japan, it's part of my dream >but too much of a poor fag growing up ;___; >finally acquired money to head over to Japan >be heading from Narita Airport to Tokyo via the sky train >silently cried on the train because Japan country side is so beautiful ... feels like I'm at home
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>>935380 I'll be studying in Japan for 2 years, starting this year, but i'm poor as fuck. Any way I can get money as a student fast? I'm thinking of renting a place close to the uni for 28000 yen a month, but between that and the school fee and eating i think it's too much.
Plus, I want internet, so what's a good way to get that? I'm fluent in japanese, so that's not a problem.
I'll be living in Nagaoka-shi, Niigata-ken, so mostly my transportation would be bike and... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>935429 >be in kabukicho, nigerian touts (people who stand and tells over to come inside the store) approaches me >"yo you want girls, beer, drugs?" >I tell him "nigga you trying to hustle me?" >he shakes my hand and we bro hug before departing
>rented a room, met Japanese chicks over the Internet over the filmsy pretext of "let's do language... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
It just dawned on me that I could spend a week in Thailand with blowjobs and beer every morning, great undiscovered foods all day long, and vibrant nightlife with a 100% chance of a sexy ass female coming home with me. That would yield enough debaucherous memories to last a life time, for only a few months savings.
What's your experience with couchsurfing ? I'm planning a trip soon and I wanted to stay at someone's place for a couple of days. But I've read some horror stories about pushy guys looking for sex. If a guy hosts me will he expect sex in return ? How prevalent is this ?
I've been using CS for over five years. Absolutely amazing. I've been able to stay in places I'd never have afforded otherwise. I've met wonderful people that I've learned from and that have given me a much better experience in places than if I was on my own.
As for guys wanting sex, I guess there's no point denying it happens, but it is VERY rare. You can easily avoid it by only staying with people that have plenty of positive references. It's quite easy to get a rough idea of a person by reading what they have written about themselves... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>925820 I have couchsurfed alone and with my boyfriend (I'm a guy). I've/we've stayed with straight and gay couples, as well as single men and women.
I prefer staying with people closer to my personality - the gender/sexuality makes no difference. I think most people on CS feel the same way. You want to make sure you get on with who you'll be staying with / hosting.
Any of you have any experiences to share involving Hagwon TEFL teaching? I know they work more, I know they get less vacation. I did my research and made sure the school wasn't too sleazy. I'll be leaving in February.
How was your first few weeks there? Did you date any Koreans? Any tips for a naive gullible white American looking to have the best possible time over in Changwon?
I depart at the end of december for a hagwon in Seoul. I chose hagwon over public cause I don't want a korean co-teacher in my class every minute; fucking with my style. Basically people in public will always say public is better than private - when most of them have never worked for a hagwon. I've got some teaching expereince under my belt and I really want to have control over my class/lesson plans. Do you know where you will be living?
Gig really depends on place, but I'd say private academy (hagwon) is better than public school since smaller classes and it's your own show. The amount work work really depends on the place. Good way to save money anyway.
>>929103 Hey thanks for the comment. The constant co-teacher was something I was against as well.
My location is in the Uichang-gu district of Changwon City. >>929111 I was thinking the same thing regarding the class sizes for sure, 8-12 kids seems to be much easier to manage and have less stress.
I've been volunteering at a first grade class with 30 students and they're all so hyper active and rowdy so I'm hoping to get the nerves out of the... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I've read some things online and seen similar stories in documentaries where people use travel as an escape, thinking it will solve all their problems but after years of traveling they just end up offing themselves anyway. Now I'm starting to think this is my problem. I've always had really low self esteem, I used to get angry easily and bully others to cover it up, but eventually I found travel. I went on my first trip overseas and it changed me ever so slightly, so I thought this be the answer, and now after some big trips in Asia and such I am worse than... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I'm in the same situation. Travel does help but obviously it's not perpetual. This is why I have a plan on seeing everything I want to see in life in the next 7 years and then an heroing. Normal everyday life has not been good to me and I don't want to just spend the rest of my days working in some office where every day I just live for the weekend only to spend my weekends counting down the hours till it ends.
Sorry that I cannot help you. Travel doesn't solve your problems, it just removes you from them for a period of time. If you want help go see... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>927850 It's just so hard to fit in sometimes. I try real hard, but people are just fucking strange, I try copying other people's personalities to fit in, but that doesn't work, I try just being myself and that doesn't work. I really don't know what to do, so travel does help in that sense it's just knowing i'll never really fit in sucks. I don't think I could actually ever OFF myself, but like you said, the thought of working for the weekend is just horrifying.
I'm going to Bangkok some time in the next year for about a month, just had some questions I hope you all can help with.
>Best place in BKK to train in Muay Thai Big part of why I'm going, I've been practicing MT for about twelve years, want to go train in the motherland so to speak. So what's a legit, well-equipped gym/school that caters/is reasonably accommodating to farang?
>Where dem beaches with the sheer limestone poking out of the water Anywhere near BKK?... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
I'm just curious which American accents non-Americans like the most and dislike the most. Southern accent, Manhattan accent, Midwestern accent, the clean accent that could easily be mistaken for Canadian or some of the less known accents.
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