Since Saturday evening I’ve suddenly found myself in limbo once again, back on the single train with all the previous plans in tatters. Right now, in case you didn’t know, I’m in Taiwan but actually have little real desire to be here. No, I’m here because it was a place Em and I could both find work and we could save to help her pay off student loans. Don’t get me wrong, it’ a nice enough place and the money is good but it doesn’t have any special attraction for me beyond circumstances which expired a few days back. We had planned to stay here a while so we could learn Mandarin while saving and head to China later but to be honest, mainland China held no attraction for me beyond the smile it would have put on her face.
So I’m back to figuring out what the hell to do with the next few years and that’s where you come in. I need a mixture of information and advice and if anyone would oblige by leaving what they can in the comments then I’d be eternally grateful. Here’s the scoop…
For the next year I’ll be seeing out my contract in Taiwan. My schedule may be getting expanded to 29.5 teaching hours per week and at US$20 per hour I’m not about to skip out early. However I’m wanting to plan my next moves as early as possible and the main goal is to save enough money to head back to Scotland and get teacher certified as son as possible. This will more than likely involve at least one year teaching overseas first so I need to look at destinations. To my TEFL-teaching friends I make the following request – any information on places you’ve taught which a) allow a decent level of savings (US$1,200 or more saved per month would be needed to make it more worthwhile than here), b) don’t involve working in large cities and c) don’t work you to the death. Equally are there any places or employers you’d avoid like the plague?
If anyone arrives here who works or worked at an international school anywhere there’s a more general question – what’s it like? How’s the pay? The workload? The holidays? The social life? And how did you find the PGCE or whatever course you took to qualify? How long did it take and did you have time to work while you studied?
I realise all y’all are busy with your own jobs/partying/education but if anyone has time to leave a few words I’d be super-grateful. Not quite sexual favours grateful but certainly ‘drinks are on me’ grateful the next time our paths cross. Just having some extra titbits to help focus my mind on the future instead of the past right now would make a world of difference.