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General » TESOL Foundation Course with Kathy Ezard
Hi Jim

I have recently completed my Global Tesol 120 hour certificate specializing in Tutoring. I will be living in Spain from September and living on the Costa del Sol. I am desperate to find a job before I go. I wonder if you could help me get placed.
I was living in Calgary when I did my course, and did not get the support from my instructor, as this student did with her instructor. Can you please tell me what the EF is please.

I look forward to hearing from you
Brenda McEwan
email address: bmcewan2012@gmail.com
General » Back home after more than a decade overseas..
(Sorry for the repeat post. No notification of a successful post led me to believe it hadn't posted...)
General » Back home after more than a decade overseas..
I wasn't overseas as long as you, but I've been "home" now (also Edmonton!) for about 15 months and there are still days I think about packing everything up and heading back to Russia. I've had an incredibly difficult time re-adjusting to everything here. Difficult to reconnect with friends and even family to a degree. I understand completely feeling "stuck." Even in my new job (which I DO enjoy) it just doesn't compare. I like to assume I'll go back one day, but I most often get hung up on the financial side: my salary in Russia was good for Russia but nowhere near enough for me to work toward retirement (still a long ways off) here.

Best wishes as you move forward here.

~ Tricia
General » Back home after more than a decade overseas..
I wasn't overseas as long as you, but I've been "home" now (also Edmonton!) for about 15 months and there are still days I think about packing everything up and heading back to Russia. I've had an incredibly difficult time re-adjusting to everything here. Difficult to reconnect with friends and even family to a degree. I understand completely feeling "stuck." Even in my new job (which I DO enjoy) it just doesn't compare. I like to assume I'll go back one day, but I most often get hung up on the financial side: my salary in Russia was good for Russia but nowhere near enough for me to work toward retirement (still a long ways off) here.

Best wishes as you move forward here.

~ Tricia
General » Back home after more than a decade overseas..
I know the feeling... I got my Global TESOL cert back in 2009 and I have been teaching in Asia also. Unfortunately I do not have a 4 year degree only a College Diploma which is not recognized. I am dreading having to return to Canada. The only issue is that teaching is the only job for expats out in Asia and I don't know what to do if I leave the education sector.
General » Back home after more than a decade overseas..
what you are hitting is the closed shop mentality , you have to have a degree and I guess be a union member to get a job teaching in Canada.
The truth is they tend to favour their own home grown people , I know its blatant racism but thats Canada. Certain public civil servant jobs are always given to close family and friends.
I have a friend who got laid off in oil and gas , he was chinese , could not get a job in Canada so he went back to China within days of landing he had found a job.
What does that tell you hmm?
General » Back home after more than a decade overseas..
Hi all,

I haven't posted here in awhile. I have returned back to Edmonton after teaching and living in China for almost 13 years. I started with my Global TESOL certificate, back in Dec of 2003, and never turned back. What was supposed to be a 1 year "sabbatical" turned into a new career, family and life. I went from a $500 a month teacher in the countryside, to a highly paid IELTS Examiner for the British government. It has been an amazing ride! Not only did I make friends around the world, meet an amazing Chinese woman and start a family, but I learned to speak Mandarin Chinese and have seen wonders I never dreamed possible.

However, now, back in Edmonton for almost 6 months now, and I am almost regretting coming back. I have come back ahead of my family in order to get set up. Whereas in China I was a highly coveted teacher and had no lack of opportunities, here I am "just another guy". I feel distant from my old friends and family and although I love the weather, the space and the quiet of Alberta, I am not settling in easily. And even with almost 13 years solid and qualified teaching experience, without a piece of paper from the government saying I paid a crap-ton of money to be a teacher, I cannot be a teacher....

I feel stuck. Part of me wants to get back onto a plane to return to my family and friends in China but a bigger part of me wants to stay here and be successful, so when my wife and daughter do arrive, they will have a comfortable home waiting for them....

Reverse culture shock I guess....

Does anyone know of any resources available to Global TESOL Alumni who have returned and are having a tough go?

Any advice or assistance would be greatly appreciated!

If anyone is looking for any advice or insights on teaching in China, I would be very happy to give you my thoughts.

Have a fantastic day everyone!

Ant
General » Back home after more than a decade overseas..
Hi all,

I haven't posted here in awhile. I have returned back to Edmonton after teaching and living in China for almost 13 years. I started with my Global TESOL certificate, back in Dec of 2003, and never turned back. What was supposed to be a 1 year "sabbatical" turned into a new career, family and life. I went from a $500 a month teacher in the countryside, to a highly paid IELTS Examiner for the British government. It has been an amazing ride! Not only did I make friends around the world, meet an amazing Chinese woman and start a family, but I learned to speak Mandarin Chinese and have seen wonders I never dreamed possible.

However, now, back in Edmonton for almost 6 months now, and I am almost regretting coming back. I have come back ahead of my family in order to get set up. Whereas in China I was a highly coveted teacher and had no lack of opportunities, here I am "just another guy". I feel distant from my old friends and family and although I love the weather, the space and the quiet of Alberta, I am not settling in easily. And even with almost 13 years solid and qualified teaching experience, without a piece of paper from the government saying I paid a crap-ton of money to be a teacher, I cannot be a teacher....

I feel stuck. Part of me wants to get back onto a plane to return to my family and friends in China but a bigger part of me wants to stay here and be successful, so when my wife and daughter do arrive, they will have a comfortable home waiting for them....

Reverse culture shock I guess....

Does anyone know of any resources available to Global TESOL Alumni who have returned and are having a tough go?

Any advice or assistance would be greatly appreciated!

If anyone is looking for any advice or insights on teaching in China, I would be very happy to give you my thoughts.

Have a fantastic day everyone!

Ant
General » My first teaching job in China after graduating from TESOL
Don't give up Whitney. There are many teachers who have never taught in the past who are doing well in China. If you are ready to try it again, we have several agents that provide plenty of support and can help to ease the first-time worries. Thousands of teachers have taught in China with great success.
General » My first teaching job in China after graduating from TESOL
Thank you for sharing this Whitney. Although it doesn't come naturally to you, the fact that you are trying and succeeding at something outside of your comfort zone, says a lot about your character. I think you'll be an effective teacher I hope you found a teaching position somewhere else.