January 30, 2013
City Or Country For You?
Do you like the full and busy life of a city? Or do you prefer the slower pace of the countryside?
I don't know about you, but for the most part I like...
...some elements of both.
I love the activity and opportunity of an urban landscape, but I very quickly reach a point where all I want to do is go hide somewhere with only the sounds of nature around me.
If you have the choice, a bit of understanding about your interest, pace and tolerance level will serve you well as you consider a place to study or work.
Here's an article that explores what urban living does to our brains - http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2013/01/city-life-changes-how-our-brains-deal-distractions/4536/.
If the endless stimulation and multitasking of the city is your style, there are many cities that could use your skills.
And if the fantasy of total isolation sounds good to you, you might want to take a look at this story of a family cut off from all contact with civilization for 40 years. It's an amazing story, and you can see it here - http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/For-40-Years-This-Russian-Family-Was-Cut-Off-From-Human-Contact-Unaware-of-World-War-II-188843001.html.
Whichever you prefer, as a teacher, one of the great things is that there are schools and agencies everywhere. And one of the greatest aspects of being a teacher is that there are a whole host of transferable skills useful in almost any setting.
Stay posted for ESL related jobs all over the world.
Let us know what links or other resources you find useful or encouraging. We are all learning and making new connections all the time and sharing makes our journey much richer.
About the author of this entry:
Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else likes and unlikely and ridiculous situations. And if you want him to visit your school or program, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by mmorf at January 30, 2013 08:54 PM