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Why Teach English?

Why Teach English?

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I teach WHEN I want, WHERE I want, and WHO I want. I can do my job from anywhere in the world, or even from my own LIVING ROOM. I don’t have to commute anywhere or drive anywhere. I can CHOOSE who I want to teach and HAND-PICK my students. I’m totally IMMUNE to budget cuts, recessions, and politicians who want to SLASH my pay. Are you unhappy in your current teaching position? Do you want this type of lifestyle?
I teach WHEN I want, WHERE I want, and WHO I want. I can do my job from anywhere in the world, or even from my own LIVING ROOM. I don’t have to commute anywhere or drive anywhere. I can CHOOSE who I want to teach and HAND-PICK my students. I’m totally IMMUNE to budget cuts, recessions, and politicians who want to SLASH my pay. Are you unhappy in your current teaching position? Do you want this type of lifestyle?

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 ==== ====I teach WHEN I want, WHERE I want, and WHO I want. I can do my job from anywhere in theworld, or even from my own LIVING ROOM. I don’t have to commute anywhere or drive anywhere.I can CHOOSE who I want to teach and HAND-PICK my students. I’m totally IMMUNE to budgetcuts, recessions, and politicians who want to SLASH my pay. Are you unhappy in your currentteaching position? Do you want this type of lifestyle? Then simply CLICK on the link below.http://24f33r0zxk0l6o7b2gwcqpfg0y.hop.clickbank.net/  ==== ====The benefits and rewards of teaching English overseas may be of secondary or no interest tosome potential teachers. They are looking for another excuse to leave their home country, andseize upon English teaching as a means to do it. Unfortunately, their students and employers paythe price for this, and it rarely amounts to more than a temporary fix for the "teachers." These aresome of the reasons why you should not become an English teacher overseas: Escape. You may want to get away from financial difficulties (up to and including debt collectors),or a bad relationship (up to and including a spouse and children) or even the law. Running away toanother country may give you temporary relief, but understand that the problems you left behindwill only get worse in your absence. Debts will increase, your credit rating will sink even lower, andyour family will resent you even more than they may already. At some point, you're going to returnhome, and that day of reckoning will be far more painful than it is today. Seeing the world on somebody else's dime. This is actually one of the benefits of teachingoverseas. However, this implies a commitment to being a teacher first and being a tourist second.If your priorities are the reverse, you won't be good employee or a good teacher, and you'll soonfind that the jobs you can get are poorly paid and for disreputable employers. There is nothing thatlowers the reputation of the TEFL community more than the backpacker who spends a couple ofmonths in one place teaching English and then disappears in the night, only to resurface inanother city or country and repeat the process. These are also the people least likely to get anyteaching training whatsoever: unfortunately, many schools in Asia are more interested in a nativespeaker than in a qualified teacher, so there will always be a job for even the worst teacher if s/helooks hard enough. Making lots of money tax-free. This is a typical come-on to unwitting would-be teachers, but a fewmyths can be dispensed with right now. First, you have to carefully weigh a local salary against thelocal cost of living: teachers make a good salary in Japan compared to China, but Tokyo is one ofthe most expensive cities in the world in which to live. For most teaching jobs, the salary andbenefits are enough to live on in relative comfort, but there won't be much left to spend onshopping, entertainment or travel. With rare exceptions, there won't be anything left that you canput in the bank back home: this is not only because the salaries are commensurate with localexpenses, but also because the exchange rate and bank transfer fees will whittle your extramoney down to a fraction of what it is worth in the original currency in the local economy. Forexample, if you teach English for a company or a good school in central China (i.e., not inexpensive cities like Beijing or Shanghai) you can live very well compared to a native Chinese
worker in the same town. You might be able to buy lots of Chinese goods, eat at restaurants mostof the time, and even hire a cleaning person to maintain your apartment. But the minute you try totransfer some of your salary back to Europe, Australia or the USA, you'll find that the amount isvery little in euros, pounds or dollars (especially since you have to pay transfer fees to both thebank in China and the receiving bank). Contrary to received wisdom about working overseas, you are not going to escape the taxman:you'll pay taxes in your home country, or the host country, or even both! Most employers willdeduct health insurance costs and some amount of tax, and may even deduct contributions to apension fund. You can have this pension contribution transferred back to your native country'streasury and credited to your retirement (e.g., the American Social Security system) when youreturn, but you can't avoid the deductions being taken in the first place. Americans who earn lessthan approximately $80,000 per year in U.S. dollars don't have to pay U.S. taxes, but only if theycan prove that they're paying taxes to the resident country. Europeans teaching in the EuropeanUnion will have their salaries taxed and some of the money returned to their home countries,especially pension deductions. Many schools advertise "tax-free salaries," but that just meansthey're evading the local laws, and putting you in the position of being a tax evader as well (bothlocally and in your home country). Can you get away with this for a period of time? Of course youcan, but at some point one or more national tax agencies are going to require you to account forthe money you earned overseas. At that point, you'll not only have to pay the taxes due, but alsointerest and penalties. Virtually every teacher who has been teaching overseas for more than ayear can tell you how s/he or a colleague were suddenly faced with a massive past-due tax bill.And, since the local government knows your passport number, you can't run away from themwhen they come to collect. Having sex with foreign women or children. It's a sad fact of life that some men travel overseas toengage in prostitution with local women at lower cost and risk than they can at home. Becomingan English teacher is just a way for them to extend a sordid vacation from weeks into months oryears. What those who do this in Africa or Asia forget, however, is that in pursuing anonymous sexaway from the prying eyes of family, friends and the authorities back home, they are just theopposite of anonymous in the local environment. The white Westerner who patronizes brothels insuch areas is going to be far more memorable and identifiable than the local African or Asiancustomers are, because he is the exception to the rule. Therefore, when he strolls the streets, hewill quickly be recognized as the man who likes to buy prostitutes; it's only a matter of time beforethat information becomes widely known at his school. Of course, that's not the worst thing thatcould happen: prostitution is often controlled by gangsters and pimps who see the foreigner withsomething to lose as fair game for intimidation and extortion. Imagine for a moment beingsuddenly confronted in a prostitute's room by a group of menacing men demanding somethingfrom you in an unknown language: how much would you pay to get out of there unharmed? There are also some Western males who have difficulty relating to women from their native land,and think that Asian women are "different" (meaning more submissive and less demanding).These men have obviously never met a Korean female, one of the toughest sub-species of Homosapiens on the planet! Nevertheless, this myth is widespread, and encourages many Western mento travel to Asia to find a fantasy girlfriend or wife among the locals or-worse-among their students.Needless to say, such relationships are almost always doomed to failure. The same is true formen from affluent countries who teach in poorer countries such as Ukraine, Russia or SoutheastAsia. While the women there may be open to dating or even marrying their relatively wealthier
suitor, it's almost certainly because they are looking for a ticket to-and citizenship from-hishomeland. Once there, they tend to quickly divorce the hapless husband and claim as many of hisassets as the law allows. This mutual victimization would be pathetic enough without it alsoinvolving the profession of English teaching: as with the itinerant backpacker, the whole TEFLcommunity is tarred with the same brush. Nor are these practices limited to men. Any air force pilot who has been stationed on a foreignbase can tell you about the Western female English teachers who work in nearby schools. Quite afew of these women are anxious to snag a husband who will be well-paid and not around verymuch when he returns to civilian life! Fortunately, they don't usually involve the locals in theirschemes, although many Japanese, Arab and other affluent men have similar stories to tell aboutforeign fortune hunters. Finally, if you are a pedophile who is seeking children to exploit outsideyour home country, nothing I say about ethics or the reputation of other English teachers is goingto matter to you in the slightest. Let me just repeat what I pointed out before: your racialdifferences are going to attract attention and make you more vulnerable to criminals and the legalauthorities than you would be at home. And you really don't want to be locked up in a foreignprison and labeled as a molester of native children. You hate your country and want to get away from it. This is, of course, your prerogative. However,you may be surprised to discover that-outside of Paris-criticizing your homeland will make thenatives you encounter lose respect for you rather than applaud you. Asians are still very muchinfluenced by Confucian values, one of which is respect for one's country and leaders. Besides,people who constantly badmouth their own culture and country quickly go from being non-conformists to just being bores. Your students will be very interested in the differences betweenyour country and theirs as you perceive them, but they won't be comfortable with you mockingyour own culture or countrymen. Instead, they'll view you as a loser who couldn't make it at homeand fled to their country; needless to say, they won't want to have such a person as a teacher forlong. You're a bigot or xenophobe. This is the reverse of the person who hates his/her own country.Instead, this person is obsessed with all the things s/he sees as stupid or inferior in the hostcountry, and is happy to list them to everyone s/he meets. Naturally, the reaction of fellow expatsor locals will be, "If you hate it here so much, why don't you go home?" There are thousands ofmessages on internet discussion boards that consist of the rants of foreigners who hate variousthings about the local customs, rules and/or population. It's important to understand that cultureshock is unavoidable when moving to another country. Everyone experiences it to some degree oranother, and it gets worse before it gets better. Experiencing another culture means experiencingit in full and adjusting to it: otherwise, you're not an expatriate, you're just a tourist who has stayedtoo long. If you're unwilling or incapable of adjusting, then please stay home. Fussy eaters. Living abroad means eating strange foods: the alternative is dining at MacDonald'severy day. Even more daunting than eating unfamiliar things is not knowing what you're eatingbecause the menu is in a strange language! If you plan to move to a particular country, find arestaurant serving that cuisine in your area and eat several meals there before signing anycontracts. Invariably you will discover several things you hate and several things you love-writethem down in the native language so you're prepared for eating in restaurants in your new home.If, however, you simply can't live without all the things you regularly eat in your native land, you'regoing to be very frustrated and unhappy living for a year or more someplace else.

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