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Time or Money?

Per the last post, you know that I have been looking to become gainfully employed again.  Truthfully, I didn’t like any of the options presented to me. The ones I did like, well, they weren’t being presented to me. lol

The fact of the matter is that I wish I could continue to work here in an environment that allows me to spend massive amounts of time with my family.  But those types of jobs don’t really exist…or do they?

In my search, I actually had several choices.

1. I can teach English in many countries, Japan, S. Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Turkey, or China.

2. I can get a job back in the States.

3. I can find a job at an International school.

Each of these choices I wasn’t exactly thrilled with.  For starters, truth be told, I’m a little burned out on teaching.  There I said it.  Secondly, I’ve thoroughly been enjoying my time with the girls this past year.  Make no mistake, there has been lots of hard work this past year. But the ability to bring the girls with me or to take a break and go and see them, or spend an hour or two just hanging out with them in the middle of the day, has been better than great.

Saying all of that, this particular project is totally volunteer.  We had hoped to be able to stay here for a couple of years, but the finances say otherwise.  lol  (Don’t they always?)

I have had about 4 job offers for jobs here in Thailand that I haven’t even applied for. That’s how badly they need/want English speaking teachers here.

I really haven’t been pressing hard to go back to the States right now.  There’s no place like home, but it just wasn’t something I was really thinking about doing at this time.

International schools are great…if you can get in.  There are a ton of International schools.  A ton.  There can be anywhere from 1 to 20 in most countries. About 40 percent of them are UK schools.  They only want UK teachers.  About 20 percent are IB schools.  You need IB experience to get in.  The rest are American schools.  Some of the schools are a combination of all three curriculums.

Most schools start filling their positions for August in January.  Seeing that I didn’t start applying until May, you could say I got in the game a little late.  Also, I don’t have any international experience.  So that’s strike 2.

Making my situation harder is that I don’t want to move to a major city.  I’m all about the country.  The problem is that 80 percent of the schools are located, yep, you guessed it, in the city.  Strike 3.  lol

So where does that leave me?  Well, as I said, I’ve gotten offers from Thailand which I turned down.  I also have had a few offers from Poland and India, which I also passed on.  Amazingly, I still have two job offers in front of me.

One of them pays a lot of money, gives free housing, pays for electric, water and internet, pays for my flight there, offers small classes, and an opportunity to teach a really cool subject. (Global Perspectives and Research).

The other doesn’t pay much at all.  But it also offers free housing and utilities.  But what it also offers is the opportunity to continue to spend a large amount of time with my family.  Right now, that’s priceless.  Additionally, it allows me to still work in the ministry setting.

Time or money?

I think you know which one I am going to choose.

As soon as I get the final ok, I’ll let you in on where we are going next.  🙂

 

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2013 in AJ's Adventures

 

Time Flies When You’re Killing Snakes

Unbeknownst to me, our 1 year anniversary of being here came and went with no fanfare.  I hadn’t even realized until my wife said something to me.  It really doesn’t seem as if it’s been a year all ready.  They say time flies when you’re having fun, but I guess I can amend that to “Time flies when you’re living without, electricity, water, a fast internet connection, and living with snakes, scorpions, and other crazy creatures.”  Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue though.  I’ll have to think of something better later on.

Speaking of snakes and scoropions and other stuff, this week has been a little crazy.  Alayna got stung by a bee on her face (bees would classify as “other stuff”), I got stung by a scorpion on my foot (my wife says I screamed like a little girl, I deny that accusation), and today a snake got into the house.  Our resident animal spotter (Aubrey) saw it in the kitchen.  It actually wasn’t a poisonous one this time, but I had to exterminate it with extreme prejudice anyway.

Though we have enjoyed our time here this past year, it does look as if we will be moving on in the next few months.  Sorry for the 2 of you who are holding out hope that we will be moving back to the states, that doesn’t look like it is going to be happening this year. Maybe next year.  🙂

I’m sure some of you are wondering about a few things…like…why are we moving on? Where are we going?  What will we be doing?  Those are all valid questions and the truth of the matter is we aren’t where we are going right now. Which in turn doesn’t allow me to answer the what we will be doing question.

What I do know is that I have discovered what it is I’d like to do for a mission project.  I don’t know if it will be successful or not, but I do know I need money for it.  Of course, I’ll need a lot of help too. (hint, hint)  Seeing as though I don’t make a whole lot of money here, okay, okay…I don’t make any money here, lol, I need to become gainfully employed.  Hence the reason we will be moving on.

I think I’ve said before, but it’s worth repeating, the lessons and things I’ve learned here have been and will continue to be invaluable.  I realize now that I didn’t just want to leave the States, I needed to leave.  I’ve always been a dreamer, a big thinker, a wishful wonderer so to speak, but if I never would have left, I never would have been confident enough or determined enough to try and undertake what I have in mind.  It will take me a year or so to lay the ground work for everything, but when it’s finished, it should be something special.

Time flies when you’re working for God.  (Hey that rolls off the tongue a whole lot better)

As soon as I know something, I’ll let you know, after I let my mom know of course.  lol

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in AJ's Adventures