At the end of this summer I decided on a whim to join some friends in Thailand for New Years. I am eagerly waiting and planning for this trip, but now that my job is facing impending doom, I will be left in almost exactly the same position I was in a year ago when I get back from vacation: searching for a new job relevant to what I want to do with my life.
I still face the obvious fears of whether or not I am ready for an actual career, and whether or not I have even decided if that’s what I want to do with my life.
For years, I’ve been envious of people who have picked up and gone traveling for extended periods of time. But especially, I’ve been jealous of people who have gone to work abroad.
So I’ve started the dreaming process again. And I’ve come up with the ideal situation: I’m going to take a 4-week in-country TEFL Certification course that will prepare me to teach English as a second language.
I don’t have a BA, but a diploma in Journalism, so I’m going to have to fork out the money beforehand to get the training and certifications required to allow me to teach, but I know that the life experiences and the reward of teaching English will be well worth it.
The biggest drawback is that I need to have this figured out in the next two months so that I can stay in Asia once I’m there and not have to worry about finding another two grand for the plane ticket.
While there are obvious negatives about up and leaving my home, my family and my friends, I feel like it’s something that I need to do for me.
So I’ve narrowed it down to courses in Phuket, Ban Phe, or Chiang Mai in Thailand, with an eventual placement in the Thailand area.
I think this time I’m really going to do it. Otherwise, I will never be satisfied. (Although, I’m sure wanderlust is the kind of thing that moves on to bigger and better things, but never really goes away) I want to have a job where I actually feel like I’m contributing, and I want to start from scratch somewhere where I’m taken out of my comfort zone. It’s so easy to be lethargic when you’re comfortable, and I’ve never really taken that gigantic leap of faith that would result in solo traveling and setting up a new life.
I’ve been to an information session about a course that I could take here, and while the session was more of a sale pitch about the course here, it has propelled me into a world of “I can do this!”
So I’m researching changing my return ticket, getting the proper travel Visa and health insurance and making sure I choose the most recognized, organized and supportive language institute to get my certification.
In the next two months, I’m going to be planning for my entire life to change drastically.
Hopefully, by March I will be settled into an apartment in Thailand and have a job as a teacher in a school that could have me there for (at least) the next year of my life.
It might be time to resurrect my travel blog…