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Teaching Abroad - The Pros and Cons


									                                                Presented by Daniel Toriola

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                                        RE: The Pros And Cons Of Teaching Abroad
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   As it has been said, teaching abroad isn’t for everybody. Each program you will encounter will
require some prerequisites and the proper attitude, but will offer unique challenges and personal
incentives to the right individual. Here is an impartial analysis of opportunities confronting both sides of
the arguments you need to consider before deciding to teach abroad.

Beyond the opportunities for those able to teach within specialized disciplines, there is an incredible
demand for TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) or ESL (English as a Second Language)
teachers in non-English speaking nations. This demand coupled with job placement opportunities
offered by TEFL certificate programs and school groups makes finding a foreign teaching job easier
than you think. On the other hand, you must consider that many of the fulltime teaching jobs require
Bachelor’s degrees and TEFL certificates are a must if you are serious about making a career of
teaching in foreign countries. The qualifications will obviously depend upon the employer, but a college
degree and relevant experience will help you land the right job for you.

Most exciting for some when considering teaching abroad is the opportunity to educate one’s self.
Being able to live in foreign country, learn the language, study the culture firsthand and travel on days
off is something that many dream of, but few are able to realize. You will be exposed to new food,
music and customs but still have e-mail to relay your astonishing experiences back home. Yet, if you
have difficulty leaving the comforts of your home or can’t live without a particular American item, this
sense of awe could easily become an unbearable sense of culture shock. You must also realize that
teaching is a fulltime job that requires incredible patience and commitment. While most positions don’t
represent permanent employment, they also aren’t vacations. Though the right surroundings can make
your experience worthwhile, you shouldn’t select your travel location based on sightseeing aspirations.

Considering the financial aspect, it is possible to earn more than enough money to live comfortably and
travel during free time while teaching abroad. The income will obviously be contingent upon many
factors, including the location of the school and your qualifications. When deciding where to study
abroad, you must first consider your destination’s cost of living. Calculate your expected personal
expenses, both here and abroad. Then, see if any programs cover the cost of housing, insurance and
utilities while teaching. The difficulty here lies in the fact that it may be difficult in some situations to pay
any of your bills back home with a modest salary. Also, as most of these positions are temporary they

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lack the job security and advancement possibilities one might have at home.

One thing taken for granted by many before teaching abroad is the possibility to meet and interact with
interesting people unlike anyone at home. You will develop lasting friendships and important
professional relationships while teaching everyone from young children to corporate executives. Many
teachers take great pride in the fact that their students stay in contact years after returning home.
Despite this fact, you may also experience a distinct sense of isolation while teaching abroad. This
detachment from the known world allows many to focus wholeheartedly on teaching while forgetting
previous worries; the experience can easily be eye-opening and enriching if the proper motivation
exists. When necessary, many teachers even like the added challenge of developing their own
curriculum with limited supplies or English language materials. But there will come days when you will
simply want to go home. Based on where you are teaching, you may find yourself surrounded by
poverty or difficult political circumstances, struggling to adapt to the foreign language and culture.
Maybe you will lose patience with your students or find the program to be boring and repetitive. At
times like these, you must remember that most teaching opportunities require a contract and if you
choose to abandon your requirements, you might never find a similar job again. In summation, the
most important thing to realize when considering teaching abroad is that one person’s pro may be
another’s con. Everyone’s experience will be unique, as each opportunity requires special skills and
returns different rewards. If you find the right position for yourself, firm commitment and motivation may
easily overcome many of the cons mentioned here.

This article was written by Justin Burch. Justin writes selcet pieces about for

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                                                      Pros And Cons Of Hybrid Cars
                                                            By James Gunaseelan

 With all the hype out right now about hybrid cars, you may be considering buying one. Before you do,
you should consider the pros and cons of hybrid cars. What benefits can you expect to experience
and what difficulties should you plan to face? Fuel Savings The first thing that comes to mind for most
people when considering the pros and cons of hybrid cars is the possibility of saving money on fuel.
With fuel efficiency between 30 and 60 mpg, this is definitely a consideration, particularly as fuel costs
start to rise. Unfortunately, one of the downsides is that hybrid cars cost significantly more than
non-hybrids. Some of this cost is offset by the fuel savings but, at current fuel costs, it is very difficult
to make up the initial cost difference. Whether you think this is an issue depends upon what you think
will happen to fuel costs over the life of the car. If they will steadily rise, eventually you may save
enough to make up the price differential. If you think they will level out, then it will be nearly
impossible and you will need to resign yourself to the fact that this is a more expensive car.

Because hybrid cars are still relatively new and rare, the maintenance costs on them are a little bit
higher than they are on non-hybrid cars. Parts cost more, service may be more difficult to find, and
they are even harder than regular cars to service yourself. This additional cost should be factored into
the price discussion.

Status can be considered among both the pros and cons of hybrid cars. In one sense, having a hybrid
car gives you a reputation for being a person of substance, which may help you in your networking
efforts. In another sense, these cars are generally less frilly and fancy than their non-hybrid
counterparts. You won't find hybrid luxury or sports cars; they tend to be much more practical vehicles.
 Whether you consider this to be a positive or a negative will depend upon your personality, values,
and career path.

Some of the pros and cons of hybrid cars may be more important to you than others; depending on
your values, career, and economic situation, certain of the pros and cons of hybrid cars discussed
below may weigh more heavily on your decision making. After considering the pros and cons of hybrid
cars, you should sit down and weigh how they affect your decision. Do you still want a hybrid car?

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James Gunaseelan writes for India's leading automobile portal

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