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May 25, 2006

Living on a Budget – Making Ends Meet

Dear ESL Teachers living abroad,

In Korea, for example, the Won is the currency and has fluctuated from on par with American dollars to much less. However when compared to many other countries it seems easy to go away after a year with a few thousand dollars in you pocket.

Jobs vary but about 2 million seems about average considering other perks such as a housing allowance, health care, and travel reimbursement. Some foreigners are here to pay off student loans and others make enough doing privates to do distance learning and complete a Masters of Arts or Education while abroad.

It is possible to . . .

. . . brown bag and it minimize expenses. However, Chinese restaurants, McDonalds, and Korean Restaurants are all over the place. Depending on you tastes you can find Seafood, barbeque, or noodle places. Vegetarians do have some trouble but mixed rice and tofu are plentiful.

Travel within the country is cheap and often people take their vacation in nearby Thailand, The Philippines, or even their Home country. The won is strong enough that you don’t have to slum it. Even so watch yourself if you spend in the hotel bars or hit the nightclubs. Living Large can catch up with your checkbook.

Happy budgeting,

Kevin Landry
May 2006 Guest-Writer for ESLemployment

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About the author of this entry:
Kevin Landry, a Canadian native-speaker, spent ten years abroad teaching English I Korea since 1996. He has earned a Masters of Arts in Linguistics (TESOL) from the University of Surrey, England. He has a certificate in TES/FL from St. Mary's University Halifax, Canada. He has been teaching English in Korea at Universities and Graduate schools as well as private institutes. He has experience teaching TOEIC, TOEFL, Reading, Writing, Listening, Grammar and Conversation classes. He has developed syllabuses for intensive classes and language camps. His dissertation was in syllabus design and action research. He is on the national council of Korea TESOL as the Nominations and Elections chair and is the Teacher Education & Development Facilitator. He is also the National Conference Webmaster. He is on the editorial committee for Asian EFL Journal. He has a making comic books website and is especially interested in the pragmatics of dialogue between characters and their actions. Look for his posts on the ESL-Lesson-Plan web log!

Posted by ESL Lesson Plan at May 25, 2006 01:06 PM

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