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April 25, 2007

Living on a Budget- Lodgers

Hello everyone,

While it's possible to make a decent (and sometimes more than decent) salary in ESL, some ESL teachers find that they're living from paycheck to paycheck. If you're in that situation, there is something you can take advantage of to...

... keep the cost of rent down, which is often a major expense.

So, what can you do? Either become a lodger yourself, or find someone to live with you in your spare room. If you're living abroad as a foreigner, you might want to inquire about living with a host family; in exchange for rent (or at least a part of it), you can offer x number of English lessons a week. There are companies that you sort this out for you, or you can place an ad in a paper to find someone. Alternatively, you could ask around and find someone through word-of-mouth.

If you're living in a decent sized city in an English-speaking country, you can invite someone to stay with you in your flat. On top of paying for rent, you can also charge for English lessons. Again, there are companies who can organize this for you (usually through local schools) or you can advertise in relevant magazines or websites (see the list below for some examples). You might also find that it's a good way to learn about another culture and language without actually going anywhere.

Of course, you'll want to get in contact to learn something about your future housemate(s) before you sign any papers or agree to anything.

To read more about this in Shanghai, go to the following link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-03/10/content_5825690.htm

For a link about homestays in England, go to the following: http://www.studyabroadlinks.com/search/United_Kingdom/Homestay_Programs/index.html

For a link about homestays in Ontario, go to the following: http://www.findtraveljobs.com/cgi-bin/homestay/index.pl

Have you ever stayed with a host family or hosted a student in your own home? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

Looking for MORE articles about living on a budget as an ESL teacher? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at April 25, 2007 05:47 AM

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