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> What Should I Do?, Next year
Alright, here's the deal, I've applied to a bunch of schools for next year, but if I don't get in to any of them what do you propose I do?
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Jaq
post Feb 10 2004, 04:43 PM
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A semi serious, semi daft question. Figure Issues couldn't handle it, nor could daft, so Daily Life, here it comes!

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post Feb 10 2004, 04:47 PM
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Either teach English or the Au pair thing. I had a great time travelling Europe over a year ago now, and if you can afford it, then do it. Becuase once you settle down you may never get the chance to do it again.

Good luck with what you chose (come to Cardiff) wink.gif
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post Feb 10 2004, 07:25 PM
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I think you should chain yourself to a tree in Brazil. Though do be sure to have access to the internet.
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post Feb 10 2004, 07:27 PM
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Totally agree - the going overseas to teach English will be mad scary at first, but will be an amazing experience on the whole. Au Pairing is alright, but it sounds too much like hard work for bugger all cash. The only plus side is that you end up being in Europe, but in the same breath, there's a helluva lot of places in Europe I wouldn't want to be for love not money.

Plus, the teaching English overseas may well make you a more attractive proposition to a school, so you can reapply the following year with better chances, n'est pas?


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post Feb 10 2004, 07:33 PM
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I said Au Pairing but the teaching thing would work to then you get to visit us lot. But I wouldn't go visit that mad welsh git Spacehappy especially if he asks you to wear his fleece! ph34r.gif blink.gif tongue.gif


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post Feb 10 2004, 07:33 PM
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I would really really really like to teach ESL overseas, but my parents are all concerned about money, the cost of living, me getting back into school if I take a year off, me being away from Canada and contracting some horrible disease etc. etc. etc. Since they'd be fronting the money for the training (I have none...) I kind of have to assuage their fears before I can go.

Has anyone done anything similar? Do you know of anyone that's done something similar? Any advice from those that have been there and done that would be greatly appreciated.


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post Feb 10 2004, 07:47 PM
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QUOTE (Jaq @ Feb 10 2004, 07:32 PM)
I would really really really like to teach ESL overseas, but my parents are all concerned about money, the cost of living, me getting back into school if I take a year off,  me being away from Canada and contracting some horrible disease etc. etc. etc.  Since they'd be fronting the money for the training (I have none...) I kind of have to assuage their fears before I can go.

Has anyone done anything similar?  Do you know of anyone that's done something similar?  Any advice from those that have been there and done that would be greatly appreciated.

I did the course. I was supposed to go over to Japan in Jan. but my father went all protective and wouldnt let me go. sad.gif

However I have talked to alot of people that have done it. I could answer some of your question a bit better if I new where you were planning to go. Though as far as I've heard you shouldnt go over planning to make money. Every person I know thats done it says they havent come back with alot of cash, but the experiences were interesting.

As for my vote. Well there wasnt a hope to get into any school except Calgary choice. laugh.gif


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post Feb 10 2004, 08:11 PM
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QUOTE (oobunnie @ Feb 10 2004, 01:46 PM)
However I have talked to alot of people that have done it. I could answer some of your question a bit better if I new where you were planning to go. Though as far as I've heard you shouldnt go over planning to make money. Every person I know thats done it says they havent come back with alot of cash, but the experiences were interesting.

I plan on going to South Korea, but anywhere in Asia would be fine with me. I don't really want to make money, just enough to support myself. I want to go mostly for the experience.


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post Feb 10 2004, 10:24 PM
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my friend is going to Sri Lanka for 3 months on the 7th of March to teach ESL, she gas no experience but she's going with an organisation that is for gap year students and they provide food and accommodation at really cheap prices and all she really had to pay for was flights.

If you can, go, it would be awesome, I kinda wish I'd done the gap year thing!


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post Feb 10 2004, 11:21 PM
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I kind of like the international relief organization. I'm reading a book about it now, and it sounds like a good way to engage yourself in something, have fun, and help people.


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post Feb 10 2004, 11:23 PM
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You should come to London and geek it up with me!


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post Feb 11 2004, 01:55 AM
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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Feb 10 2004, 05:22 PM)
You should come to London and geek it up with me!

That's not on the poll!

Okay... I'll choose the one that's closest to that... au pair in Europe for Sean. tongue.gif


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post Feb 11 2004, 04:22 AM
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i picked the basement option. that way we can both be like stereotypical nerds together again!


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post Feb 11 2004, 05:13 AM
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Great.

So first place as of now is teaching overseas at 6 votes, but more than a quarter of you would rather see me bald and attached to a large arboreal structure somewhere in South America.

Oh yeah. I can feel the lurve. wink.gif


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post Feb 11 2004, 05:48 AM
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love?! i'm offended! i picked what i did out of immature selfish short sighted spite! tongue.gif


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post Feb 11 2004, 12:10 PM
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ESL is the way forward I think, I had a friend who was fairly shy and not very confident, he went off to Japan for a year, stayed teaching there for two and now lives in Sweden and is a very happy chappy. It's hard work but living in a different culture has got to be worth it.


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post Feb 11 2004, 01:29 PM
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post Feb 11 2004, 01:29 PM
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QUOTE (jicama @ Feb 10 2004, 11:47 PM)
love?! i'm offended! i picked what i did out of immature selfish short sighted spite! tongue.gif

As did I! Plus, I think it would be funny to see you on the news, bald and chained to a tree in Brazil. Mmmm.... protestory goodness! biggrin.gif


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post Feb 11 2004, 01:33 PM
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QUOTE (Jaq @ Feb 11 2004, 01:54 AM)
Okay... I'll choose the one that's closest to that... au pair in Europe for Sean. tongue.gif

/me looks up au pair

Sounds good. Will you work for booze and drugs?


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post Feb 11 2004, 02:25 PM
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*pricks up ears*

Did someone mention booze and drugs? Oh, wait... work... sod that, then...

I said au pair through simple selfishness - I want my own Canadian sidekick! Get yer arse over here, woman...

Reading through the posts, though, it seems like the English teaching might suit you best - especially given your penchant for grammar pedantry (remember the grammar jokes in IRC? No-one else laughed, damnit!!!).

A very close friend of mine went to Japan to do just that, and now he's staying there with his new Japanese girlfriend. You don't get more settled-in than that, really...


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QUOTE (CommieBastard @ Feb 11 2004, 07:32 AM)
QUOTE (Jaq @ Feb 11 2004, 01:54 AM)
Okay...  I'll choose the one that's closest to that...  au pair in Europe for Sean.  tongue.gif

/me looks up au pair

Sounds good. Will you work for booze and drugs?

and how!

but how would one describe such work experience on a resume?

Au Pair
London, England
Duties: cleaned up after teenager
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post Feb 11 2004, 08:06 PM
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In light of what Mata and Inky said about friends gleaning lots from working overseas, I'd just like to reiterate that. In the last two years, I've worked on 3 different continents, and briefly visited another 3 on business. I've had to get by in countries where I didn't speak the language, which though at first terrifying, with hindsight is absolutely brilliant.

I've really learnt an incredible amount about myself and the world around me, and it really has been the chance of a lifetime. I'm waaaay more confident that I was when I left my little comfort zone in England, proffessionally and personally. I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Get thee to some bizarre place for a while, and you'll remember it forever. Do it before your bits start to sag and you've got mortgages, husbands and babies.


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