Kauzenfun Recruitment, Job Placement, Tours China Office Australia Office Li ly Peter Ehrlich Mobile: +86 137 7837 8222 Phone: +61 7 3123 0154 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com www.kauzenfun.com www.kauzenfun.com Hi All Following is a list that has been compiled by previous TESOL teachers that were preparing to go overseas to teach. I have maintained this list to help other teachers prepare for their great adventure. It is not meant as a complete list as we all have different likes and needs and will add or delete to suit our own requirements. It is simply meant to assist you in preparing, perhaps jog your memory or inform you on something you may not have thought of. The list is in no particular order and the explanations on the right are not necessarily complete or the only way you can do it. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Basically this list is to assist you, don’t sue me if something is missing, not necessary or wrong! (If you feel there is something missing you can email me to have it included for future fellow travelers) Documents required to apply for a job Questionnaire Fill in Kauzenfun questionnaire if you want to use our service. (If you don’t want to use our service still have a look at the form to get an ideas on what job you want & other information) Photo Personal photo to send with your applications (Read information about this on www.kauzenfun.com ) Resume Resume updated & job specific. (Get a resume writing template from www.kauzenfun.com ) Certificates All TESOL certificates, degree & other relevant education certificates scanned. 3 References Business/employment or personal. (ATA TESOL College will supply a reference if you ask). Passport A scanned copy of the information page of your passport is required. Passport photos Photos for passport & extras for visa, health exam form, international drivers license etc. (Perhaps get the photo onto your computer so you can print them as necessary) Vaccinations See your local GP or a specialized travel clinic. Passport Current to 6 months after your return date. Visa Tourist or work (Kauzenfun will assist its clients to arrange this) Finish specialization Teaching resources Books etc. for work (Watch out for excess baggage charges, perhaps DVD’s or web addresses of where you can find information will be lighter) Souvenirs For students/work colleagues. Country research Lonely Planet, travel books, library. Job research Country, city, tourist area, weather, school private/government, hours of work, holidays, pay. Job contract Actual contract or paperwork of what has been discussed/agreed to. Flight Stopovers? Into country, around country, travel brochures. (Kauzenfun through its association with Seek Travel can make these arrangements as well as booking hotels & domestic flights). Travel Ins. Travel insurance verses medical cover with job. (Seek Travel give great discounts to ATA TESOL College graduates). Transport to airport Money How to get it Work Save money Sell stuff Car, furniture. Borrow Personal loan, credit card Family ??? How to take it Cash It is handy to have some local currency, cash on you for phone calls, taxis, food etc. while travelling but carrying a lot of cash can be risky. Most international airports can exchange money. Travellers Cheques Can be stolen, fees & exchange costs, have to find a place to exchange. Credit card A lot of bigger stores & hotels will accept them but not much use at a local market. Good as an emergency backup. (Make sure you have a way to pay the bill later, Internet banking, friend etc.) Debit/ATM card Check with your bank if you can access your current account or another account with Debit vise card, or ATM card that can be used over seas in the country you are going to. How much to take Generally your job will be enough pay for you to live comfortably on, in the country you are in. (Foreign teachers generally get paid considerably more than local teachers) How much you need to take will depend on when you are going to get your first pay and if the job is supplying an apartment. It could be a month or more for your first pay. Also your first month is when you might have to buy a few things to make life more comfortable in your apartment. (In China probably around AUD$600 will cover expenses but having access to another AUD$400 to AUD$1400 could be safer just in case something goes wrong) Other things to do with money Bank accounts are usually fairly easy to open in other China but don’t presume the account will have the same facilities & features you get in Australia. You will need to ask how the account works. Get an account with ATM access so you don’t have to ask a teller to get money out. You will need to show your passport to open an account in China. Having internet banking access to your Australian account/s can be handy to shift money and pay bills. The following web addresses are for international banks www.citibank.com.au www.hsbc.com.au . They may have services that are beneficial although most Australian banks have some form of international services. Money belt Belts with hidden pocket or belts/pockets to be worn under cloths are handy for carrying money & passport. (Pickpockets are often a problem particularly as tourists/foreigners are often perceived as being rich). Bills Arrange someone to forward/pay bills for you. Arrange direct debit payments. Arrange internet banking so that you can pay bills from the country you are in. Safety Personal, pick pockets, robbery. Accommodation Your house or flat here. Rent it, house sitter, cancel lease. Car/furniture Storage, sell it, lend it. Phone Landline cancel. Mobile to international roaming or cancel. Take handset & get new SIM card from new country. Arrange cheap phone card for self or family/friends. Check out VOIP internet phones or Skype, MSN or other internet services for cheap contact methods Pets Family/friends to look after, give away. Mail Redirect to family/friend for them to sort, pay bills etc or have them bundle together & post them to you occasionally. Clothes If you are a bigger size, then clothes, shoes & underwear (bra) can be hard to find. Tailors can be cheap for suits & clothes overseas. Camera Digital (computer required to download digital?) Don’t forget leads & charger. Computer Generally not necessary (most schools supply one at school) but handy if you already have a laptop for digital camera or work. Power adaptors Power adaptors for country & 4, 6 or 8 outlet Australian power board with extension lead can be handy. (The power board gives you lots of Australian outlets from one adaptor for phone charger, camera charger, laptop etc) Swiss Army Knife Very handy for fixing things, can be carried in check in luggage. Not in hand luggage. Thermal underwear Suitcase/backpack Children’s Schooling Arrange distance education or international school. Int. drivers licence Get from RACQ (2 passport photos required) NOT LEGAL IN CHINA, we recommend that you don’t drive in China. You will understand why when you get there. Centrelink If you receive any benefits you must notify them you are leaving the country. Some benefits may still continue for some months after you leave. Medication If you are on prescribed medication it is advisable to get a letter from your doctor stating that you are on that medication & the required dose you are taking for customs. Also your doctor can give you a special script for 6 months supply of PBS medicine. You can’t get anyone to send you PBS medicine overseas. It is illegal. Photocopies Photocopy all important papers at least twice. Pack one set in your bag or one set in each bag & leave one set with family/friend. Current job Quit. ATA TESOL College Contacts, password, specialization details. Family/friends Say goodbye. Address/contacts in country. Will Enduring Power of Attorney Embassy registration Register your details with the Australian embassy in the country you go to. (They can assist in times of political or natural disaster). Culture shock 4 to 6 weeks, the number 1 reason this could fail. Email/phone friends & experienced people, make new friends.(Culture shock is understandable when you think that in a matter of 9-12 hours it takes you to fly to your destination your whole life will change, new job/career, new apartment, new country/culture, new language and probably opposite seasons etc. Try to tell yourself that you are staying for the first 3-5 weeks no matter what happens as by this time you will be getting used to your new life and making new friends). Reverse culture shock Friends moved on, family not excited about your adventure. Thanks Peter Ehrlich Kauzenfun Mobile: +61 403 707 974 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Disclaimer: Kauzenfun or any of its staff do not necessarily endorse any of the information or employment positions listed on this letter or attached to this email & it shall bear no responsibility or provide any compensation for the outcome of any information you might use to make a decision or employment positions to which you might apply or except. All the information or employment positions listed on this letter or attached to this email are meant as information only. All decisions you make are entirely up to you. This email is meant for the designated recipient only.