This is embarrassing to say, but I planned an awesome trip around south east Asia. I planned on travelling for at least 6 months then returning home. However, I ran out of money just after my first month of travelling. I still had my return ticket – so I had the option to leave…but I realized that I loved travelling and that I was not going home until I was ready to go home.
I didn’t have any money; well I had a little bit left, but not enough to last me much longer. I found myself on the island of Taiwan. This place is amazing. I had never heard much about it…but as soon as I got off the airplane I could smell the fresh air. The people there are so nice, the food is amazing (after you get used to it), the language is fun to learn and it is actually A LOT OF FUN!
Back to the money situation…I was in desperate need of it and I didn’t want to ask any of my mates to borrow any money; because I didn’t want to be “THAT GUY.” So, I met some other foreigners who were working in Taiwan. Some of them were business men or engineers…and I didn’t have any chance of stepping in their shoes.
However, most of the foreigners that I met over there were teaching English. All of them encouraged me to do it. They said that it was easy, and that any Canadian or American can do it. Not only that, but the ESL (English Second Language) schools were desperate for teachers.
So I gave it a try. I contacted a school through the internet. The next day they sent me an email and we arranged a time to set up an interview.
I went to the interview and aced the interview. Then, when I thought that I had landed the job, the lady asked me to do “A DEMO.” The first thing I was thinking was, “What is a Demo?”
A demo is you teaching English to a class for 10 – 15 minutes.
Nobody told me about this demo.
I didn’t know what to do.
The boss didn’t give me any hints… she just told me to teach the ESL students.
I stood in front of the class and the students were all talking to one another.
I didn’t know if I should shout or do what.
After about five minutes of standing around waiting for the students to behave…I walked out of the classroom because I was so embarrassed.
So, I told my story to a few foreigners at the local bar; and they all laughed at me. They told me that I had to play some sort of 아시아게이밍 with the students. Luckily enough one of the teachers invited me to his school; and allowed me to watch some of his classes; and I learned how to teach English and make money.
I never got the chance to travel all over south east Asia, but I did become a pretty good ESL teacher and it has been over one year since I left home; now I have more money than when I started my trip and I have experience teaching English which I can use in any country in South East Asia in case I start to run low on funds again.