This week, although a short week because of the holiday, is going to be difficult. I have taken on my coworkers classes while he is on vacation so I come back in the afternoons and teach his class. This is a little tricky (I started on Saturday so I’ve already had a taste) because his class is literally 4x the size of mine and the kids are on average about a year and a half older. It’s nothing I can’t handle, and it’s actually quite nice because the students know a lot more English and they understand how to play games and do more activities. However, teaching them requires a lot more energy and screaming! My regular class of 4-6 2 year olds actually never gets very loud, and I’ve got a pretty stable routine down with them. But, I’m glad for the opportunity! It’ll help buff up my paycheck a little since I’m only getting a partial one this month because I didn’t start working at the beginning of December.
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Omigosh I can’t believe we’re leaving tomorrow.. How is it already time???? Despite not completely feeling ready, the time to move to China has come, and Kevin and I are packed up and ready to GO! Every travel blogger who has ever written a single post has made a packing list, so naturally I will follow suit.
I can’t even believe how quickly this whole thing has crept up, especially considering that for awhile it seemed SO far away. Now we’re in a bit of a scramble to get everything together and be ready to go next week! At this point I still don’t really have a clear idea of what I’m packing, and I’ve yet to shop for the trip. And, as far as money, we probably should have pinched our pennies a little more in October (although we have not been doing extravagant spending by any means, we probably could have packed a few more lunches..), ’cause now we’re working until the last minute! It’s all good though, I’m excited about my job and feeling confident we’re going to find something for Kevin when we get there.
Hello! I kind of fell off the China excitement for a minute and got wrapped up in the beautifulness that is October. However, now it is November and the fact that I am leaving in a month is really starting to hit me. It really is preparation crunch time! My lovely brother has accused me of worrying too much, but I need to have my bases covered before I set out on this adventure. So everything from money to not knowing Chinese to packing has to get taken care of in the next few weeks.
Kevin and I have been so busy lately. I’ve been meaning to write about the overseas job search, skype interviews (weird), and other stuff pertaining to the strangeness of signing a contract with an employer sight unseen. I really need to get on that considering the point of my blog is working abroad, and how to do so so you can see the world with pretty much no start up money. The trouble is even if you don’t take years to put big bucks away to afford a rtw trip, you still have to save a little before you go. And although I’d argue that travel is possible on almost any budget, the more money you have to begin with the more comfortable/less stressed you are when you get there. So, both Kevin and I are working hard to get a small chunk of change in the bank. This part isn’t completely easy, but we’ll probably be working and living at home for about 4 months total (because we started with debt and took the TEFL class) and leave with about 5k between the 2 of us. Small potatoes.