Taking steps towards teaching abroad

Add headingI just applied for the CELTA certification program, which will allow me to go through a month-long program where I will be able to learn how to teach children in other countries how to speak English. They’ve standardized the process, and I think this is an excellent way to travel and earn money at the same time. There are plenty of opportunities out there, I just need to pursue some of them.

I want to get away. I want to travel. I want to see the world, experience a new culture, but I don’t want to pay the preposterous prices of houses in Southern California just to live. I want to thrive, earn more than I’m supposed to, and save way more than I’m supposed to. I want to get rid of my student loans while at the same time not be hindered by finances from traveling.

The experience will be tough. I may want to cry at times from loneliness, but it’s nothing I can’t handle. I’ve been alone before—at the apartment in San Marcos. I can do it. I can experience a new life in a different place. I just need to be willing to get out of my comfort zone.

Most of the people that have done this have reported a positive experience. I haven’t seen many people complain about teaching overseas. No one, so far, has said they regretted their decision to get away from America and teach overseas.Globalization is happening, and I’m sure I’ll run into other English speakers during my travels.

This opportunity will give me a chance to focus on learning other languages, and fulfilling goals of my own. I want to learn lots, read lots of books, and this will give me enough of a push to just get out into the world and do what I want to do without the hinderance of the American lifestyle. I’ve been too comfortable with living in United States. It’s time for change.

What’s interesting is that the travel bug has not left me. Over the entire week, my conviction for traveling overseas and teaching English to native children of that area is growing over time. My curiosity is growing. My interest continues to rise. Should I teach in Japan? Korea? Argentina? What can I expect overseas? Who will I end up meeting? Where do I expect to live? What will I learn?

I’m excited to get started. Before then, I’ll be working at my full-time job, getting work done for other people. Instead of sticking around and doing that for the rest of my life, I can use my degree to teach English to children overseas until I can pay off my student loans while earning a life experiences. Who’s going to deny me a job when I have said I taught English to children in Japan, Argentina, or Korea? That would be the ultimate resume booster, other than graduating from a Master’s program of course, but that’s just a few more years down the road.

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