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Teach English Abroad: A Step by Step Guide by Jeremy Roberts

Summary: A step by step guide on all the things you must complete and things to consider when moving abroad to teach English.

My review: I am reading so much about teaching abroad because I am planning on getting my TEFL certification and I feel like there much information I need to learn prior to making a decision.

This book was more of a step by step guide on what to do once you have your contract and you at are in the country. It is a great guide for once you have your TEFL and you are starting to interview and have made a decision on your school.

When you start reading a lot of these books they do tend to have a lot of the same information but each one gives an insight that is valuable to help you make a great choice. This author stressed the importance of reading your contract. A great guide for after getting your TEFL.

This book also offers a lot of considerations you should take when planning to teach abroad.  I also like that the author was 38 when they left, I will likely be 37 so it was very valuable insight for my age bracket.

Teach English Abroad: Change Your Life, Make Friends, and Travel the World by Gregory Forster

Summary: Have you ever thought about teaching English abroad?

If you choose to do so you can change your life, meeting amazing people you never knew existed and travel around the world. All while earning enough money to make a pretty good living. This book focuses on the process of teaching English abroad from the time you make the decision to do so until the time you actually leave your home country and go teach. This period of the process is by far the hardest and the easiest period to talk yourself out of doing it all together. I aim to help you through that process and make sure that you go through with it.

I have been teaching English in South East Asia for the past few years and I love it. This book is about teaching anywhere in the world but the majority of the information is about SE Asia.

If you have always wanted to but never seriously considered teaching abroad I hope you read this book and decide to actually do it.

 

My Review:  “The hardest part about the process of teaching English abroad is the initial decision to o through with it”

The moment I read this line I knew this book was going to be very honest, short, sweet and to the point.  That is the hardest part about making a decision like this except the boredom from saving money so you can actually leave.

The author is very clear that it is not a book about how to teach English, but to help you make a decision to go through with the decision.

Each chapter is broken into questions which  loved simply because they are questions I have asked myself since making this decision or toying with this decision.

I like the author broke down sections of the world and gave you an idea of what your expectations should be.   The author also broke down the different types of jobs you can find while abroad.

This was a very short informative book that should be on your must read list if you are wanting or even contemplating teaching abroad.

“How do you teach if you don’t speak the local language”

Since I announced this is the number one question I have been asked.  I have been asked “Do you even speak Chinese”  and “How are they going to understand you if you don’t speak Chinese”   It hasn’t been hateful I think my dad was pretty curious and I think my friend really wanted to know.   The response in this chapter is perfect and exactly how I will handle it from now on.

Such a great short book that I highly recommend reading.

Misspelled Paradise: A Year in a Reinvented Colombia by Bryanna Plog

Summary: If you’re looking for a book about Colombia that involves harrowing escapes from FARC guerrillas or tales of drug smuggling… this is not it. In­stead, MISSPELLED PARADISE gives an honest and light­hearted look at the history, culture, and diversity of a country that may be struggling with poverty and a civil conflict, but celebrates its joy with blasting street parties named after the stacks of amplifiers, tiny watery beers, and a never-ending parade of beauty contestants.

As a volunteer middle school English teacher in an impoverished Colombian Caribbean community, Bryanna Plog recounts with dry humor her year traveling Colombia’s cities, deserts, and rainforests (fairly successful ventures), her attempts to hold class on a regular schedule (less successful), and her quest to eat meals that didn’t include rice (a complete and utter failure).

From the high rises of Bogotá, to the small island town of Santa Ana, from the deserts of the Guajira peninsula and the northern-most part of South America to the jungles of the Amazon rainforest far south, learn, be surprised, and laugh out loud as you journey through a reinvented Colombia.

 

I have wanted to go to Colombia since I was 23 and worked with this ridiculously cool kid named Andres.  Andres was from Bogota and he used to tell me how things were different and someday the world would see that.  Andres went off to Purdue and I have not seen in him in over a decade… but his passion for his home has always stuck with me.

Here is the funny thing though, up until about two years ago… I always spelled Colombia… Columbia.  So when I saw this book I laughed the moment I read the title and knew I needed to read it.

This book has be me laughing at 3 am and I could not put it down.   The book touched on some serious subjects like poverty, lack of education and drugs but she did it in such a refreshing way that I felt like I was sitting in front of her having a conversation about her time in Colombia.

The author is a fantastic story teller and I bet after you read this novel you will want to go to Colombia too, or at least be way more curious about this country that you were before you read it.

Such a fantastic read I highly advise you read this one…. asap.