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  • alexiosw
    12 November, 2007 at 22:06
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    Hello all

    I recently completed my TEFL certificate through the University of the Free State (South Africa), where I am also a student, and have decided to take a study break next year in order to teach English overseas.

    My best friend is going to Taiwan in January, also to teach, but I am somewhat weary of that option after reading about crowded classrooms and the demand for an American accent, one which I would be required to fake. Is this really such a serious requirement? My friend dismisses this as vanity and isn’t really bothered by the idea.

    I am also considering Russia, a country I have always been interested in, but find knowing through which agency to apply for work daunting. As I am just starting out, I would like to begin by teaching small groups of people to hone in my skill.

    Any suggestions and opinions would be much appreciated!


    24 November, 2007 at 18:32
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    Reply To: Taiwan, Russia? Advice needed.

    I don’t know what teaching in Russia is like, but having lived there for several years, I must just say that you need to be vigiland wherever you go and whatever you do. Not overly so, but just be aware of where you are and where other people are in relation to you. There is nothing major going on there in terms of dangers, but lots of pick-pockets, who are mainly children and teens. Lots of "fake" agencies that are only there to collect money and not provide too many services (specifically tourist bureaus). Russian people, being generally poor, are very amicable and hospitable, but some do so to gain an advantage from foreigners. Foreigners were not allowed in the Soviet Union, and are still looked at as unique and money-filled. I do think that majority of the people are very friendly, even though it may not appear as such during rush hour on a busy street. It is an intricately beautiful country, with still quite a bit of national treasure left and on display. I hope you enjoy it.


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