Archive for May, 2011

Job #021, Tutor

I must keep this week short. I haven’t had a lot of time to write here lately.

This week’s job is brilliant – it is needed for all age ranges and all subjects (when I say all I am being quite literal). Tutors are needed through a company: www.wyzant.com. I tutored through this company a few times before I left the country. There was no crazy paperwork. I went to an individual’s home (though you could always meet at a public place) and I was paid once I logged the hours through direct deposit. Many college students, adults going back to college and of course, elementary through high school students are seeking help from tutors. You set your hourly fee.

I hope you’ll check the site out! I wish you all the best to you in your search

By the way, I just discovered this artist/band, Florence + The Machine. I must recommend it here. I am having a music feast for my ears and every ounce of me is loving it, maybe you’ll like it too (It’s on the rock side!)

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I need hair shears, though I am not sure how to find them here in Korea! I walked into a shop, and I was quite nervous to let anyone cut my curly thick-textured hair. Soon I’ll find it though. My hair needs a cutting, desperately!  I could easily walk in a Sally’s and get a pair, but of course there’s no Sally’s here. And, for whatever reason, I lost my scissors before I moved out here. It really is an agitation!

Anyway, I finally got my package from my Aunt and Uncle. It cost $300 to ship vitamins, oatmeal, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, Excedrin, and Kyolic Garlic. And I got another package of toothpaste by Kiss My Face (because I have been told by the locals “There’s not good Korean toothpaste”). Many Koreans (if not all) are always brushing their teeth after meals. It sort of puts me to shame.  Maybe they brush about four times a day.

Needless to say, all these things are truly needed because they keep me healthy. I will say I’ve kept myself free from coughs with my regimen!

I hope this week’s blog can be of assistance to you – this week’s job, is to work for a non-profit organization. Sure there are cut backs, but that doesn’t mean even non-profits aren’t hiring.  There’s just a shift in the air, a shift of money happening.  Just watch the money it is still here, it can’t just disappear right?

Please visit this site: www.tntp.com you’ll find jobs there (77 at this date).  Also check out my book for other links for where to search! All the best to you in your endeavors!

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I step out of the country (the USA) and what do I find, a massive outbreak in news broadcasts on Teacher Layoffs.  It seems outrageous. I was fortunate to find a map to demonstrate the disparities. Though it can be daunting, if you’re looking for a job it is your “golden ticket” if you know what I mean.

So, what does the analysis of this map tell us? It tells us where you ought not to search for a job, and where you ought to search for a job.

In California, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, and New Jersey there are likely to be so many lay offs and rehires of those laid off teachers, you’ll likely not find a teaching job  in public education there unless you have a specialization no one else can beat. More than 5,000 teachers are being laid off in these states.

Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts teacher layoffs are in the range of 1,000 to 5,000 teachers state-wide.  Again, with this number of layoffs it may be more challenging to find public school teaching jobs in these states.

Utah, Missouri, Hawaii and Pennsylvania have fewer layoffs, capping at roughly 1,000 (which may be due to natural causes of retirement and abdication. Jobs in these states may be easier to come by.

Now, if you’re serious about teaching and you wouldn’t mind moving. You’ll likely locate jobs in the following states with more ease (that is if you’re open to the newness of everything and the change of everything): Idaho, Nebraska, Minnesota, Mississippi, Tennessee, West Virginia, New Hampshire, and Maine. I can say I lived and worked in Tennessee. Even when I lost my job in December of 2010, there were job openings in the middle of the year.

In high school my teacher explained the Great Depression with such vividness I decided I was going to go to college and secure a job in which I could never get fired from. I chose teaching. And lo and behold we reach a recession/depression here in the USA and I can’t even find a job with all the years of my experience and education. After the that 1929 crash, life changed for everyone and life didn’t return to the manner with which it was lived. During this time, you have to remember things are not going to return to the way they once were. They have forever changed. I hope you, my reader, can see so clearly how important it will be for you to also change – make yourself aware of many new opportunities that are available. Think of the possibilities inside of the change.  After all, you’re a teacher, that’s what you do for a living, you change lives.

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I’ve learned a lot in Korea. One thing that I find humorous is getting sick and coming to work are completely okay. This video couldn’t explain my life hear more. Diligence.

Sickness happens. I see it often. Children will cough up and swallow things they shouldn’t (really they shouldn’t). If you’re not fretful about illness, then you can come into a hospital setting and offer various administrative services or you can go back to school and acquire the appropriate licensing to become a Perinatal or Postnatal Educator. You’ll equip parents with the right information to help them help their child grow and develop fully.

All the best to you this week! Tomorrow is Buddha’s birthday and there will be much celebration all over the world.

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I travelled to the Maum Meditation headquarters in Nonsan, South Korea this past weekend and it was quite wonderful. I was surrounded on all sides by the world’s natural protectors, mountains.  Everything is in Kilometers, which for whatever reason, I can’t seem to remember the height of this magnificent mountain range. Nor can I remember the distance (again in Kilometers) we travelled to get there.  What I do know is that I had a wonderful time.

Joe Moksa (wearing yellow) and I corresponded via email and phone for a while before I finally got to meet him. He is responsible for translating the text into English. Miriam (far left wearing black and yellow) is training to help others through this meditation process of Maum (which means mind in Korean).

Miriam ran around and introduced me as her sister to everyone. I was under someone’s wing and I felt so protected both by Miriam and Joe. Perhaps reflective of the mountains.

For about eight hours straight I was offered food from literally everyone. In the 1970s Korea suffered some major economic problems that also led to increased suicide rates and deaths due to lack of food. Now that food is abundant, it is offered. In fact, as I was told, one of the common questions asked of passersby is, “Have you eaten?”  I sat to people I didn’t know and I ate their food. I passed by people I didn’t know and they offered me food. I walked down the road and people I didn’t know offered me food. I was stuffed.  The more I learn about Korea and the more I explore, the more fascinated I become with the development of culture – a people who suffered now willingly feed others without hesitation. Peculiar to me.

Well, it is of no surprise that this week’s job is Youth Representative.  This position is all too encompassing to describe in one definition.  However, what you’ll do is about as simple as this: you’ll look after youth in a variety of settings (indoor, outdoor, overseas, etc…). These positions vary from various companies providing supplementary educational experiences to children. One company you may consider checking is People to People. Also, visit some of the local private schools and counselors of the public schools. They have access to a wide variety of possibilities through their networks with programs for children domestic, abroad, and local. There are also several possibilities for this position to be found through your own simple search of “Youth Representative” jobs. So, have a look at it.

All the best teacher!

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