Yearly archive for 2011

Taking The Next Step – A Teacher in South Korea Shares her Experiences of Moving Abroad

Taking The Next Step - A Teacher in South Korea Shares her Experiences of Moving Abroad

Guest Article by Uzma Ali, a Reach To Teach teacher in South Korea When I made the decision to leave my comfortable, unfulfilling life to start teaching English in Korea, I was excited at the prospect of having an adventure half way across the world. However, when the moment came to say goodbye to ‘home’ I can honestly say I have never felt such fear. The urge to run indoors and make my excuses was immense and stepping onto the train to London, Heathrow was quite possibly the hardest thing I have ever had to do. “What in God’s name am I doing?” I thought. The only thing I remember about that train journey was breathing deeply and whispering to myself, “Be brave, be brave, be brave,” as I watched the landscape fly by. Deciding to live in a different country – be it a few months, a year or even three years – is certainly not as easy as it may seem. Many people find the idea of living abroad enticing, but when push comes to shove and it’s time to make that final decision, the number of doubts that will go through your mind is unexpectedly high. In […]

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RTT April Event Taiwan: We’re Going Kayaking!

RTT April Event Taiwan: We’re Going Kayaking!

We’re going kayaking! Now I know how much you all love every waking minute of your teaching jobs: those classes you just can’t get through without caffeine, the naughty kids, the piles of homework, the feeling that you might not actually be a teacher at all but a performing monkey/children’s TV presenter. (Ok, maybe the last one’s just me.) So, we thought we would turn the tables, give you a break from teaching and give you the chance to be students again. Kayaking students! So enroll now for a place on our kayaking trip! We’re going kayaking! (Can you tell I’m a little excited about this RTT event?) We’re meeting at 12.00pm at Xindian MRT station then heading down to the riverside to meet our instructors and get cracking, or kayaking even.  The price includes two hours of instruction and all equipment hire, so all you have to do is turn up armed with only your sense of adventure and maybe a towel, in case you fall in! Details: Date: Sunday 24th April Place: Xindian MRT (only one exit) Time: 12.00pm- 3.00pm Stuff to bring: Change of clothes and a towel in case you are a bad student and fall […]

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Reach to Teach South Korea Event: Salsa Dancing in Downtown Daejeon

Reach to Teach South Korea Event: Salsa Dancing in Downtown Daejeon

Have Salsa Fever?  Thursday Night at Dunsung Dong Downtown area at Noche de Salsa (Night of Salsa) is where you need to be. There are dancers of all levels and different styles. You want to get in at 9pm because the place quickly fills up and the crowd takes over the whole floor. There are different styles ranging from the choregraphed Korean style of salsa to the more freestyle feeling the music style more prevalent in west. There are classes available and regular sessions are throughout the week. This particular event is just free dancing with the music playing. Never learned how to Salsa before? Well its simple when you learn the eight count steps and soon after, you are ready to grab a partner and hit the dance floor. There is a nice, friendly atmosphere even for beginners and the patrons are veterans and always happy to teach! So come out, make some new friends and get in you weekly dose of fun! Date: April 7th Thursday Time: 9:00pm – 12am Entrance Fee: 6,000 won Directions to the location: Downtown Daejeon, Dunsung Dong, Time World. Please visit this Facebook page for a map to the location.  

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RTT Trip to Jiufen

RTT Trip to Jiufen

After a week of non-stop rain, wind and generally miserable weather, I wasn’t expecting a great turn out for our day trip to Jiufen on Sunday. However, as you can see from the photos, I needn’t have worried. I had blue skies, glorious sunshine and plenty of great company! Seventeen of us met in Taipei on Sunday afternoon to make the trip up to Jiufen for a day of exploring and sightseeing. First stop: the gold ecological mining town in Jinguashi, but not before a quick pit stop to fuel up with hot dogs and fried food at a vendor stall. Walking, munching and talking we wandered around the park and the Crown Prince Chalet, taking in all of the historical Japanese architecture and beautiful Japanese gardens. We particularly liked the ancient crazy golf course in the Prince’s back garden! Unfortunately it didn’t look like it was open for business so we left the crowds and tourists behind as we headed up into the mountains towards the Golden Shrine. 5000 steps later, (maybe a little exaggeration, but it surely felt like 5000!) we reached the top where we enjoyed the spectacular views of the ocean and surrounding mountains, as well […]

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7 Classroom Tips for English Teachers Abroad

7 Classroom Tips for English Teachers Abroad

The classroom tips below are general in nature and are intended to be more of a navigational tool than anything else. As it is virtually impossible to account for every possible teaching style and method, think of these classroom tips for English teachers abroad as best practices.

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How To Survive Reverse Culture Shock

How To Survive Reverse Culture Shock

We all know what it feels like to walk into a new culture we know nothing about. Almost all of us have experienced culture shock. By the time we return to our home countries, the last thing on our mind is how different things might feel. You may have only been away for a year. Maybe you have been gone for 10 years, but one thing for certain is that it is easier to go to a new country then return to your home country! Here are some thoughts from our staff and teachers on reverse culture shock: “The first thing I noticed when I got home was that everything was expensive. After a year of living in Asia you start to take for granted how much lower the cost of living is. It takes a few weeks to get used to paying five dollars for a loaf of bread and tipping at every restaurant. The second biggest trial was the waste. You quickly become aware how much we westerners waste after spending time abroad. The other tests of the reverse culture shocked traveler, in my case, were readjusting to being around people en masse all the time, and speaking […]

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RTT March Event: Day trip to Jiufen.

RTT March Event: Day trip to Jiufen.

Reach To Teach’s monthly event in Taiwan takes us to Jiufen in Taipei County. Jiufen is a gold mining town built in the mountains of Northern Taiwan, with historical buildings, and break-taking views of the sea and mountains.

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Teach and Learn in Georgia Program!

A new adventure in the country of Georgia awaits. Cut off from the world for years Georgia has emerged as a stabilized country ready to step into the 21st century by using English to connect with teachers around the world. Up to 1000 new positions are available in Georgia alone this year.

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