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Q: What is there aside from English teaching?

Non-native speakers recently having the door closed on them and presumably having to go and find something else to do reminded me of something I've wondered on and off about before.

 

Are there other industries sort of like English teaching, where if you wanted to travel, live and work in a different culture, maybe make it a long term thing if you liked it - you could go and do it with no real qualifications?

 

I remember when I first heard about teaching ESL, I had a job I didn't like much and none of my friends really liked their jobs,life just seemed to be about working so you could afford to live the mundane western country type of  life. It seemed pointless and boring.

 

Then a friend told me I could go to Asia and teach English, live in a weird culture, see and do weird and interesting things, travel in my free time ...  everyone here has seen the advertising so you know what I mean. Not so much a job as a lifestyle.

My first reaction was that sounds awesome but I'm not a teacher so....   turns out all I needed to do was get a TEFL cert which is easy enough, it's not like going back to school for another few years or something, so that's what I did.

 

I remember thinking why hadn't I heard of this ESL thing before, it sounded perfect for me and when I eventually took the leap it turned out to be one of the best things I've ever done in my life, and to think that I almost didn't because I didn't even know about it.

 

Now that I've quit teaching I'm glad I did, can't really see myself doing it again but I do wonder if there's some other awesome lifestyle type job I don't know about yet but that would be a great thing to do in maybe a couple of years, or if you're a NNS needing to find a new job, or just someone sitting at home and wanting a change?

 

Has anyone here done something similar to ESL before?

 

 

 

11 weeks 3 hours ago in  Business & Jobs - China

 
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In China - not a lot.

 

If you've got the looks, you could do modelling and acting work (ability doesn't really matter). It is, after all, what a lot of east European women do here.

 

In the rest of the world... jobs working on oil rigs in the middle of nowhere... driving those massive trucks around all over the place... or dull boring fruit picking in the right season (a lot of backpackers do that in Australia on a work/travel visa). Or, of course, bar work and waiting.

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Bumpin' here-o! surprise

I am very aside from English teaching at the moment .... into the cryptos.

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In China - not a lot.

 

If you've got the looks, you could do modelling and acting work (ability doesn't really matter). It is, after all, what a lot of east European women do here.

 

In the rest of the world... jobs working on oil rigs in the middle of nowhere... driving those massive trucks around all over the place... or dull boring fruit picking in the right season (a lot of backpackers do that in Australia on a work/travel visa). Or, of course, bar work and waiting.

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Diamond Mines in northern Canada are always looking for drivers   200 grand a year..  2 weeks in, they fly you out, 2 weeks out, travelling and spending what you made the previous 2 weeks.

diavik mines

http://www.riotinto.com/canada/diavik-2232.aspx

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You can become Yoga Instructor.

or why not try being a Spiritual guru !!

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well you can always open your own business?

Be a consultant of whatever.

 

learn IT shit... do fulltime twitch streaming /  Youtubing

 

Or I mean... most i guess learned actually a real profession, so you could probably find a job in that area as well.

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If you're fit, there's always the option of being a "call boy."

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