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by John V55
14 Feb 2020, 17:32
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos
Replies: 28
Views: 8483

Re: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos

Yep, guess everything changes. We are doing the cross channel commuting, but at some point I think there has to be a choice. However, if you can continue Asia commutes for now that seems like a good idea. Next generations being shunted into working into their seventies, but where will they find emp...
by John V55
12 Feb 2020, 18:17
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos
Replies: 28
Views: 8483

Re: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos

Hi, am new to the forum and hoped I would pick up some useful info, and I suppose I did. Unlike you young chickens of 60 or so, I am pushing 70. And I have also suspected that there is an unofficial age limit on TEFL jobs. I taught adults in Germany for some years and had absolutely no issues. Love...
by John V55
12 Feb 2020, 18:06
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Best country to turn up and teach with no qualification
Replies: 8
Views: 8567

Re: Best country to turn up and teach with no qualification

You know its the era of competition. So its difficult to get a Teaching job in good and well reputed institute with out the professional qualification. If you have a degree and a TEFL certificate with a bit of experience, you shouldn’t be struggling to get a job in China. Well, excepting the curren...
by John V55
25 Jan 2020, 19:40
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Online teaching: The fallacy of making a quick buck
Replies: 6
Views: 5133

Re: Online teaching: The fallacy of making a quick buck

I have same experience. I wish you good luck my friend. Yes, the online teaching companies specifically target non-native English speakers, those without the required qualifications to teach and the young looking to make easy money. If it did work there’d be no more teachers in schools and everyone...
by John V55
17 Jan 2020, 20:03
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Online teaching: The fallacy of making a quick buck
Replies: 6
Views: 5133

Re: Online teaching: The fallacy of making a quick buck

DanielLee888 wrote:
17 Jan 2020, 14:04
Thanks for sharing your experience, online teaching sounds really interesting to me
Good luck with it! :)
by John V55
17 Jan 2020, 09:45
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Crowdfunding to teach
Replies: 11
Views: 3650

Re: Crowdfunding to teach

Ok, I’m confused... If you are married to a Thai spouse, why do you (1) need to return to the U.K., and (2) if you have been teaching there all those years you should have a network of contacts, so work shouldn’t be an issue regardless of age and (3) Why can't you just return to the U.K. with your ...
by John V55
13 Jan 2020, 13:18
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Crowdfunding to teach
Replies: 11
Views: 3650

Re: Crowdfunding to teach

Ok, I’m confused... If you are married to a Thai spouse, why do you (1) need to return to the U.K., and (2) if you have been teaching there all those years you should have a network of contacts, so work shouldn’t be an issue regardless of age and (3) Why can't you just return to the U.K. with your ...
by John V55
12 Jan 2020, 13:10
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Crowdfunding to teach
Replies: 11
Views: 3650

Re: Crowdfunding to teach

Looking to go the “orient” is an unrealistic expectation, look closer to home, there are plenty of teaching opportunities for older adults here in Europe. why are you set on trying to go to Asia? Until recently, I spent many years teaching in places like Thailand and China so it’s not just a beginn...
by John V55
11 Jan 2020, 20:07
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Crowdfunding to teach
Replies: 11
Views: 3650

Re: Crowdfunding to teach

Who cares what Harry and Meghan get up to.
It’s the personal crowd funding aspect I’m interested in and the project is to fund voluntary teaching in the East. Has anyone been involved in it any aspects of crowdfunding?
by John V55
11 Jan 2020, 12:46
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Crowdfunding to teach
Replies: 11
Views: 3650

Re: Crowdfunding to teach

It’s a serious request for information, safari.
by John V55
10 Jan 2020, 19:06
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Crowdfunding to teach
Replies: 11
Views: 3650

Crowdfunding to teach

A few weeks ago I had an idea and would like to know if anyone else has tried it. Crowdfunding. Being in my 60s the chances of being employed in teaching anymore in the East is zero, but I would love to go back as a volunteer and carry on. That means I have to support myself and my coming UK pension...
by John V55
04 Dec 2019, 19:12
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Why you're not getting that job
Replies: 0
Views: 3734

Why you're not getting that job

Just a short opinion on why that elusive employment doesn’t materialize. If for instance you’re a French non-native English speaker looking to teach English to others to whom it is also a second language are you surprised your offers are a bit thin on the ground? If you wanted to hire someone to tea...
by John V55
04 Dec 2019, 12:53
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Complaints about Dave's ESL Cafe
Replies: 3
Views: 3184

Re: Complaints about Dave's ESL Cafe

‘When in Rome …’ Europe is a very small part of the world and especially if we’re job searching other parts of the world we have to be knowledgeable as to their requirements. I’d rather be aware of what is available to me than endlessly apply for employment and not be aware that I’m never going to ...
by John V55
03 Dec 2019, 15:17
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Complaints about Dave's ESL Cafe
Replies: 3
Views: 3184

Re: Complaints about Dave's ESL Cafe

Dave Sperling’s ESL Cafe has been going for years and is well known for being morally and ethically bankrupt. It started off OK, but he makes his money from advertisers and the revenue that keeps the place going is King. From spam to scams and misleading adverts, ESL is a market leader in shady recr...
by John V55
02 Dec 2019, 19:07
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos
Replies: 28
Views: 8483

Re: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos

I have an old house here that I can sell to raise the cash, if it is all worth while. Hoping not to invest and have a fall down in the end and be worse off. That was exactly what I was told about investing in a TEFL, to find out that I am still without any progress ha ha ha. It’s always worth inves...
by John V55
02 Dec 2019, 18:30
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos
Replies: 28
Views: 8483

Re: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos

@Colin Skimming through the various threads … Colin, I thought you were living in the US, but elsewhere you say you’re from Guyana? I assumed you were from somewhere like Mexico, but brought up in the US. You’re not Caucasian, over 60, a non-NES and you’re looking to teach English in Asia, or China?...
by John V55
02 Dec 2019, 17:00
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos
Replies: 28
Views: 8483

Re: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos

Well I am willing to accept anything. Apart from keeping my head over water, in my specific case it will be my waist. The 2 private schools sound good to me since I don`t mind working hard which I have always done. Be very sure they are not good and why they have such a high turnover rate. If they ...
by John V55
02 Dec 2019, 14:45
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos
Replies: 28
Views: 8483

Re: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos

Happened to see on BBC just today a report showing men waiting at some well-known (to them) location where builders would come and pick them up for a day's work (£50 to £80 I think they said - well below minimum wage anyway). They all couldn't get regular work because they had no papers, some from ...
by John V55
02 Dec 2019, 13:56
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos
Replies: 28
Views: 8483

Re: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos

None whatever. No piggy bank and no job. Then I am condemned. You named it all. Non native, over aged. If I had known, I would never have invested in this TEFL business to spend cash that I do not even have, without any returns thereafter. I never bothered looking into it as I thought degrees and e...
by John V55
02 Dec 2019, 10:18
Forum: Jobs Discussion
Topic: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos
Replies: 28
Views: 8483

Re: Goodbye TEFL and a return home to chaos

I also have TKT which is becoming outdated. TEFL is modern for a while and will soon be down the drain too. Within the education world one always needs to keep abreast and updated. When I first started it was chalk and blackboard which may be quite unknown to contemporaneous students. We needed to ...