An Adventure Abroad: How You Can Begin Teaching ESL in Asia

Are you a person who thrives on the unknown? Are you adventurous, patient, enjoy teaching others, and interested in immersing yourself in a new culture? If you have answered yes it is possible that you would excel at teaching English abroad. In this article you will learn what one has to do to be able to teach English in Asia, as there is a huge demand to teach the English language here.
Here are a few helpful steps on what you must do to begin your new career.
 1.Where do you start? First, and foremost, in most countries you will need a college degree. There are some instances where it is not required, but that is rare. It is best if you obtain your TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) although it may not be required where you are going to teach. There are numerous programs online that you can take in order to receive your certification. It is not necessary that you speak the language of the country where you want to teach, but it may make it easier for you to move to a strange environment if you do.
2.  Once you have obtained your certification it is time to start looking for a position. There are various websites dedicated to recruiting teachers abroad. Settle on which site is best for you to work with and contact them to find openings. Most interviews are conducted by phone or email so be aware that you may be hired without knowing anything about where you are going.
         a.  Before you agree to an assignment be aware if you are being offered any travel or relocation expenses reimbursement. Also find out if they provide a housing stipend. Many do not.
        b.  Negotiate the length of your contract. Most schools want you to sign up for at least one year.
        c.  Find out your pay and research the area to make sure that you will be able to live off that amount. Once you have accepted a position you will need to obtain a work visa. It is vital that you understand what type of visa you will need to travel to this country. That country’s embassy can tell you exactly what you will need to enter their country. Before you leave the country ensure that you have your visa, passport, copies of your credentials, insurance information, birth certificate, and other papers that you feel are important. (It is also advised that you leave a copy of everything with someone at home as well as give them all of your pertinent contact information.)
3.  Once you have arrived in your new country you may feel overwhelmed. In most cases the school that has hired you will have someone at the airport to meet you and help you navigate your way through the area. Utilize this guide to help you learn the area including where markets and hospitals are located. Also have them assist you in learning about the public transportation system or point you in the direction of where to apply for a driver’s license. It is vital that you get to know the school including their policies, textbooks, schedule, etc. Before you ever begin teaching make sure that you plan your lessons and understand completely what grammar points you will be teaching.
     How do you teach English abroad without leaving your home? Perhaps you have always wanted to teach others the English language, but you do not want to live in a foreign country or you want to try out teaching before you commit to moving. You can get online ESL jobs. There are numerous online schools that allow you to teach via computer. Most will require that you obtain your TEFL certification and apply for jobs just like the above process.
     Whether you are moving abroad or teaching from home this is sure to be a rewarding opportunity. Moving overseas allows you to be immersed in a whole new culture and see and experience things that you never thought possible. Working from home will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you have taught someone a complete new language, an amazing feat if you think about it. Now, let the adventure begin!
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5 Tips for Buying a Used Car

Most people’s first car is used, rather than brand new. Buying a used car can be a very intimidating process, especially if you don’t know any mechanics to help you inspect the car. Just because a car has passed a safety inspection, that doesn’t mean that it’s in great shape. Lemon laws can help you if you’ve made a bad purchase, but the best option is just to find out a few simple tricks to avoid buying a low-quality used car in the first place.

There are plenty of car buying guides, but we’re going to cut right to the chase and provide 5 simple tips. Obviously, there’s more you may want to check out when buying a used car, but if you had to pick just 5 things to look for – here they are!

1. Get A Vehicle History Report
A vehicle history report can tell you if the car has been in any accidents and just give you a bit of an idea on the history of the car in general. You can look this up using the VIN number, which the seller should have no problem providing you with if they’re honest and legitimate. A simple vehicle history report should be free, but some companies may charge a small fee. In either case, knowledge is power so arm yourself when it comes to buying used cars.

2. Find Out What Makes To Avoid
You can take a look at a top 10 used vehicles list to see which used cars hold their value the best, are more reliable, which ones will cost you a fortune in parts, and a lot more. Certain used cars are notorious for being expensive to repair, or for just having poor reviews in general. Arm yourself with this knowledge and find out which makes you should avoid all-together.

3. Check The Belts & Hoses
Take a look under the hood. It’s okay if you’re not a mechanic and it’s okay if you’ve never looked under t he hood before. Simple look at the various hoses and belts on the inside. The belt should not be cracked or starting to wear, and the hoses shouldn’t have any visible cracks either. It’s not rocket science, just make sure you don’t see any obvious cracks or tears.

4. Check For Rust And Original Paint
Take a look for rust under the hood and on the outside of the car, too. Take a look underneath around the frame of the car as well. Has the car been painted over? Rust can hide just underneath the surface of the paint, but there are a few places you can check to see if the car has it’s original paint or not. First of all, take a look by the flap that covers the gas tank. Open it up, is the color the same on the inside too? Sometimes when cars are repainted, they don’t get all of the details. Another place to check is just inside the trunk, this is another area that isn’t always covered up perfectly with a second paint job.

5. Take A Test Drive
Listen to any odd clunking noises when you’re turning, make sure everything is smooth as you accelerate, and make sure you test the brakes too. If everything checks out, and the car has passed an insurance inspection, you might have found a winner!

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