September 20, 2011

Think You Can't Afford To Fly First Class?

If you fly very much, especially as a teacher or as a student,...

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July 06, 2010

Voluntourism - Travel On A Budget - Do Good Work

Want to travel the world but find that you have more time than money? I have found the perfect venture for those who want to travel, do good work, meet interesting people, learn new things, and perhaps most importantly....

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October 15, 2009

House Sitting Around the World

For those who travel the world on a budget, there are several options that...

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December 14, 2008

Living on a Budget - Christmas Cards

Hello Readers!

If you've been worrying about how you might find the time and money to send Christmas cards to all your friends and family around the world, you can now sleep easy. Not only is the following service free, but it's quick and fairly easy, too. All you need to do...

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September 07, 2008

Living on a budget - frequent flyer miles

Hello readers,

As the economy continues to fall, every little bit really does help. As many ESL teachers live and work abroad, one way to save is...

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July 10, 2008

Living on a budget - free online dictionary

Hello Readers,

Having a dictionary to hand when preparing classes can be very useful. Unfortunately, a heavy dictionary is one of the last things many people think of to pack when embarking on a trip abroad to teach ESL, especially now that airlines are starting to tighten up their weight restriction policies.

Fortunately, few schools are in the same position they were in ten years ago ...

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May 24, 2008

Living on a Budget - Free travel opportunities

Hello Readers,

For many ESL teachers, the opportunity to travel is one of the driving factors in making the decision to become an ESL teacher. However, for those of us on low salaries, the only traveling that sometimes takes place is that which happens before and after a teaching contract.

For those of you who crave more frequent travel, there are a few ways to get it ...

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April 15, 2008

Living on a Budget - DVDs

Hello Readers,

I read an article in the paper this weekend about ways to save money. Tips included things like, don't buy a designer hand bag, rent one! Instead of eating out five nights a week, eat out four times! Instead of going to the salon twice a month for facials, go once a month! While these tips may be helpful to some, ...

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February 23, 2008

Living on a Budget - Join (or start) a club

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Do you find that spend too much money on going out with friends? Sticking to a budget can be easy when it comes to food, transport and the like, but when it comes to one's social life, it's easy for the budget to go right out the window. So what's a more affordable way to spend time with old friends and meet new friends without spending too much of your hard-earned cash? Join, or start, ...

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January 04, 2008

Living on a budget- Setting money aside

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For many of you working in foreign countries, you may be getting paid in cash. If so, I know that having cash at hand can make it even more difficult to put it away. So, what can you do to make sure you have enough money at the end of the month for your basic needs?

One simple solution ...

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November 13, 2007

Living on a Budget- Pay As You Go

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Teachers tend to have the knack for chatting. The problem is that in today's world, chatting often is done on a cell phone which can lead to astronomical bills at the end of the month. As cell phone charges vary from country to country, it's a good idea to make sure that you are aware of what you are being charged for, e.g., Do you pay for receiving texts as well as sending them? Are you charged extra for answering an international call?

In addition to learning about how you will be billed for your cell phone use, there are some other things that you can do to keep the cost of your phone bills down. These include ...

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October 12, 2007

Living on a Budget- Cash for the Commute

Hello Readers,

From my experience, figuring out the commute to work goes something like this:

Day 1: Get up a bit early and walk to and from work.
Day 2: Forgot work was so tiring, take the bus to work but promise to walk home
Day 3: The bus was too crowded yesterday, take the subway to work but walk home
Day 4: Take the subway to work and treat yourself to few drinks after work and a cab home
Day 5: Had too many drinks last night, so get up later than usual...

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September 06, 2007

Living on a Budget- Freecycle

Dear Readers,

How do you feel about moving to a new country? My guess is that as a TEFL-er, you're probably quite accustomed to moving from city to city or country to country. While packing might not be something we all look forward to, it's probably not something that we dread as much as non-TEFL-ers. But what do you do with all of your belongings when you have to move to another country? Do you pack it all up and ship it to your new destination? Do you...

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August 03, 2007

Living on a Budget-Laminates

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What's the first thing students do when they are given a role play card or something similar on paper? Do they think about how much time and effort the teacher has gone through to create it, print it, cut it, and sort it? Or do they immediately start to roll it up, peel the paper off the card backing, and pinch the edges down. You can't blame them; it seems to be a natural reaction.

However, there is something you can do to minimize...

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June 29, 2007

Living on a Budget- Games

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Many teachers choose to play games in their classrooms to add a little excitement to the classroom. Games can be used to motivate the students, to spark interest in the language, to review what's already been learned, and to provide students with communicative language practice. Sometimes games are also used to simply fill time. Fair enough.

Games like scrabble, memory, pictionary...

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May 21, 2007

Living on a Budget- Material Swap

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As the saying goes, "birds of a feather flock together". English teachers tend to be no different from the rest. While you may be spending plenty of time with each other at the pub, at a club or at a restaurant, do you actually discuss teaching with each other? With all the experience that each person has...

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April 25, 2007

Living on a Budget- Lodgers

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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...

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March 25, 2007

Living on a Budget- Staying In

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As I was getting ready to go to a friend's house for dinner the other night, I heard a DJ on the radio make the following comment: "Staying in is the new going out". Sounds a bit silly, I suppose, but it's worth thinking about. For many ESL teachers, salaries are low. While we all enjoy a good night out, spending money on food and drink in restaurants and bars is...

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February 19, 2007

Living on a Budget- Free Business English Materials

Hello Readers,

Have you found it difficult to create your own Business English materials for class? Do you need extra Business English materials to supplement your textbook? Do you need something to get you started?

Business English can be a difficult class to teach, especially if you don't have any or much experience in the field of business. That's why having materials you can rely on...

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January 19, 2007

Living on a Budget- Free ESL Journal

Hello Readers,

When I first started teaching ESL, I had no training and no idea what I was doing. However, I was interested in learning more about the field. The only problem was, I didn't know where to look. Well, one journal that I'd highly recommend reading...

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December 15, 2006

Living on a Budget- Paper-less Lessons

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Photocopying worksheets and chapters out of a book can be time-consuming, expensive (for those of you who don't have access to a photocopier at your school), and bad for the environment. So, what can you do? You know that your students want to be able to take something away from your class, and that worksheets can allow for review of the language learned. Furthermore, they can provide you with a good visual. The answer...

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November 14, 2006

Living on a Budget- Authentic Materials

Hello Readers,

I recently spent some time looking around a well-equipped resource room for teachers in a local ESL school here in Oxford. It came complete with shelves upon shelves of grammar reference books, teaching methodology books, textbooks categorized by level, tapes/CDs , library activities, movie activities, etc. I was amazed. While you most likely won't have enough cash to create such an extensive resource library for yourself, you can start collecting some...

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October 16, 2006

Living on a Budget- BBC Learning English

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Do you walk past ESL resources in the bookstores and wish you could afford to buy them? Do you spend hours on the internet searching for up-to-date lessons? Well, look no further. BBC has a special section online devoted to ESL teachers. And the best part about it? It's FREE.

So, where can you find it? Just go to...

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August 29, 2006

Living on a Budget- Dining with Your Students

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Is eating out too expensive for you? Would you like to try some international cuisine? Do you need a way to get your students talking to each other? I've got a way to spice up your life, your classes, and possibly your meals, as well!

As school starts up again for the school year, and you have a new group of names and faces to remember...

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July 16, 2006

Living on a Budget- Saving Money

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Are you bad with finances? Do you live from pay check to pay check? Would you like to figure out how to save a little money from time to time? For many ESL teachers who are fresh out of university, saving cash has never been an option. But it's not that hard to learn to save. I've found that while spending money is obviously extremely easy, saving money is...

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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 . . .

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April 27, 2006

Living on a Budget – Extra Sources of Income

Dear Readers,

Let’s face it, few people go into ESL to make money, but when you’re being paid a pittance by your academy to work your socks off, you might start wondering why you didn’t choose a more lucrative career.

So why not think of alternative sources of income to top-up your pay? For most teachers this may mean taking private classes, an unpredictable venture at the best of times, and one that could get you in trouble with your employer if your visa depends on their sponsorship . . .

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March 11, 2006

Living on a Budget – Free Movie Rentals?


Living abroad? On a budget? Love to watch movies or read? Spend too much money on entertainment (a standard movie ticket in Japan is approximately $17 US!)? It’s time to checkout your local library!

Ok, so maybe this seems like pointing out the obvious, but I’ll tell ya, though I like to think I’m pretty quick, it took me a few months living in Japan before learning about the library and I couldn’t have been more surprised! Not only did I not expect English language movies and magazines, but the book selection was pretty impressive! To get a . . .

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June 09, 2005

Living on a Budget - The Hows and Whys

Dear ESL Teachers,

We all know that teachers need to live on a budget. The problem is that most of us try to keep a ‘running tab’ in our heads, and then call it a budget. Guess what? It doesn’t work!

If you want to get serious about making the most of your teacher’s salary, you’ll have to actually sit down and write it down. It takes a little planning to create a budget that you can actually stick to, but once you do, you’ll see those dollars stretching a lot farther than you ever imagined.

Here’s a quick guide to get you started . . .

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March 29, 2005

Living On A Budget - Accomodations

Dear Readers,

Quick! What’s the number one reason that most ESL teachers decide to go to another country to teach? If you think that it’s to experience another culture and see the world, you’re right! But many teachers find that, because of the low salaries offered in many countries, they can’t travel as much as they had hoped to.

Living on a budget can be a challenge for many teachers, but with some planning and savvy, it is possible to find a good balance. The biggest expense in anyone’s budget is living accommodations. Today, I'll offer two tips to help you reduce yours . . .

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