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Teaching English Abroad: Deal or No Deal?

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Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about teaching abroad. Specifically, where to do it and how much money you can make while doing so. Let’s be honest, when you’re thinking about making the big move, money is an important deciding factor.

Straight out of college, I decided I wasn’t going to stick around for a nine-to-five job. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! I believe most of my friends are happy with their current jobs! But, having studied abroad during my junior year in college, I was desperate to go back out into the world again and experience everything I could. So, I hightailed out of the states and landed in rural Japan. Technically, I landed in the bustling city of Tokyo and then got on a seven-hour bus ride to the rural rice paddies of Japan. While teaching English to some of Japan’s cutest kids, I also ate, drank, learned, and wandered to my heart’s content. Everything about living and just being abroad fascinated me. It still does!

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Why I packed my bags and followed my heart

Climbing Mt. Fuji throughout the night and watching the sun rise from above the clouds was probably the hardest and most exhilarating experience I had in Japan.
Climbing Mt. Fuji throughout the night and watching the sun rise from above the clouds was probably the hardest and most exhilarating experience I had in Japan.

No, it wasn’t for a boy.

I was twenty-two years old. Bright-eyed and fresh out of college with two bachelor’s degrees. My bags were packed by the door and ready for the move.

Almost a year earlier, I had sent in my application to be an English Teacher in Japan. The application process for the JET Program is a lengthy one, so I didn’t find out until April (about six months later) if I passed the interview. Fortunately, I did and was promptly swept into a whirlwind of preparations before leaving. Continue reading Why I packed my bags and followed my heart