Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Applying for Jobs

Hello everyone,

I just officially applied to two schools in Taiwan: Hess Educational Organization, and Kojen. They both look good- 20-40 hours a week, working with adults and mostly children, the curriculum and materials are provided (which is both good and bad*). Hess has a free TEFL certification program and Chinese classes. They both give you health insurance and work permits.

So here's hoping! :) I really want to get a job before I get there.

*When the curriculum is provided you're not going to have much freedom. You have to teach what they want you to teach and go through so much of it each day. However, it could be really good if it's your first time teaching English (like me). I would learn a lot from their ideas.

Monday, December 14, 2009

So what's going on again?

I'm not sure everyone's up to speed on my plans for Taiwan, why/when I'm going, etc. So here's a quick summary!

Summer 2009: Found out I got into EMU for Fall 09 graduate program in Speech Pathology. Weeks later found out they made a mistake and I actually didn't get in because the class list was full. Possibility that Albert may have to go back to Taiwan in January. Started to think about going there for a year to teach English. Reapplied to EMU for Winter semester, doubting I'd have any better luck.
November 2009: Found out I got into EMU for the Winter 09 graduate program in Speech Pathology. Though they were tricking me again so went to make sure it's true. (It was! :D) Asked for a deferment for a year so I could make tuition money in Taiwan (teaching English). Woohoo! Permission granted, but wouldn't give me an official statement. Have multiple emails saying I have a spot for next year, however.

So now the plan is to go with Albert to Taiwan late January and come back December 2009. I can either apply for a job online now or wait till I get there. You only need to be a native English speaker and have a BA in anything to be hired. It pays ~$30/hr and the cost of living is very low there. We're going to be living in Taipei (the capitol), and I'm learning Mandarin Chinese. I know enough to maybe get around but it'll be really exciting to live in a country where it's spoken. A lot of people will know English there too so it won't be too scary.

Right now I'm waiting for my passport, then I can apply for a Taiwan and a China visa. In the meantime I got to work on getting vaccinated for Hepatitis A & B and go from there.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Trip to the Washtenaw County Clerk Office

Today was my second attempt to apply for my passport. The first time I didn't have a certified birth certificate- only a copy. This time everything went smoothly! Cost $100 as expected. I'll be looking for it in the mail in 4-6 weeks. Hope my birth certificate gets sent back as well!!