A to Z: TEFL

Todays post for the A to Z Challenge is: TEFL-teaching English as a foreign language. This is something I’ve been considering since we first went to Thailand to find the cause of the tsunami when I was still working for Oceaneering.

I really loved Thailand and wanted to figure out a way to move there. I started looking into what it would take to move there permanently. I found out that I would not be allowed to work as anything other than an English teacher.

Of course, if I wasn’t working- if I wanted to open a business and hire locals, or I was rich enough to ‘retire’ with a steady income- then I would be welcome. I just wouldn’t be allowed to take any job from a local.

Turns out, it was pretty much the same story in every other country I looked into. 😦

For years, taking the TEFL course was in the back of my mind. I was interested in doing it, but as long as I was working offshore, I just couldn’t justify giving up that lifestyle.

Well, things have changed drastically around here lately. I got laid off last September. I did manage to find a job after that, but it didn’t last long. I work a couple of days a month up in Houston. I’m still hoping to get a call to go back offshore any day, but it’s getting harder to keep that hope going as the days keep passing with no calls, no response to emails or online applications, nothing. 😦

I finally went to take the course and get certified in TEFL. I had a great time while taking the course in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico a couple of months ago. I got to teach and I actually kind of enjoyed it. I think once I get used to it, I might like it.

I came back home because I was supposed to ship out for a short job. Short, but long enough to stock up the savings again. I had planned to go right back down to Mexico to start teaching. I had to put that on hold. I’m still waiting to ship out. 😦

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2 thoughts on “A to Z: TEFL

  1. Hi Jill,
    i’m glad that you are going out for another hitch. The Oil and Gas industry now isn’t doing well, we have to do what we have to do in order to survive. There are a lot of Koreans in the Philippines who want to learn English, maybe you can teach there too. Stay safe always.
    – Dr. Alvin

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    • Hi Alvin,
      I’m still at home waiting for this promised job offshore.
      Yeah, I would love to go to either Korea or the Phillipines to teach English, or preferably some sort of maritime school. I just haven’t figured out how to make that happen. Seems real chancy to just show up over there and start knocking on doors. But it might just come down to that.
      I’m glad to hear at least you’re still working. So many of my former colleagues have been laid off at least as long as I have.

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