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General » Global Graduate Map! Where are you???
Hi Grads!

We thought it would be neat to be able to see where you have ended up! So check out this interactive map, and add your pin (and a comment or two)! It only takes a few seconds ...

Share this with your TESOL classmates!

Lindsay MacNeil
Graduate Assistance Director
Global TESOL College
General » Grad Warning!
We have received a number of complaints from some of our female students about a man posing as a hiring English Academy in countries such as Spain, China, Dubai, Greece and Costa Rica. He has used the names Dr. Alan Hamilton, and more recently Raymond Anderson. The company he claims to work for is either BOPINESL or BOTESL. He uses the e-mail address:

He conducts phone interviews with potential teachers and they normally last from 1 ? to 2 hours in length and are extremely personal. Questions and requests are inappropriate and sexually motivated.

This man, we believe, is finding contact information for new, female, ESL teachers by searching resume boards on the Internet.

Please be sure not to post information such as your phone number and address on websites.

Include only your e-mail address on your online resume, and once you have received a job offer from a school you can provide them with a phone number to conduct a phone interview. It is normal for a school to request one or two photos of you dressed professionally.

If this man has contacted you, please inform your local police. This is the only way we can hope to stop this from happening. We have also alerted the authorities, specifically the Internet Crimes Division.

For more information please see the link below:
General » Poland
Hi, welcome to the board!

Here is the website for the Polish Embassy in Canada: and here is information about foreigners working in Poland:

After some more searching, I found this site:

"Of the expatriates who have settled in Poland, many seem to integrate better into the local communities and get involved in local activities than they do in places like Prague and Budapest, where it's relatively easy to avoid the locals by hanging out in places where only expats congregate. So if you want to find your own little niche among an ordinarily friendly and open people, Poland might be just the place for you. It will definitely challenge you in ways that the other countries won't simply because it seems more of a frontier than the Czech Republic or Hungary."

Sounds like a great place! Good Luck
General » south america
We just posted two new jobs in Brazil today! Take a look at the job board if you are interested.

Best of Luck!
> I just graduated from the course two days ago. I had a great time and learned a lot. I am looking forward to going abroad and am interested in Spanish-speaking countries. If you have or are currently teaching in any of these countries, I would love to hear about your experience!

There is a grad that just finished her contract in Mexico and now lives in Chicago. I will try to find her contact info.