Next month I will certify to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). My certification will come through Oxford Seminars. After meeting the instructor and feeling great chemistry with her, I was incredibly excited about undertaking the course. The certification is 100 hours, 60 in the classroom and 40 online, with an additional 20 hours available to specialize in childhood, business English, or TOEFL.
My plan is to move to the Middle East (Oman, Yemen, Lebanon, Kuwait) or North Africa (Morocco) after obtaining my Bachelors in Political Science this year. I’m becoming increasingly aware that my options for employment in this part of the world may be either contingent on my level of experience (many countries in the region want teachers with years of experience), or geopolitical conditions in the Middle East (determinant of the volume of teacher’s willing to move to the region).
Traveling, working freelance, obtaining a Master’s from the region are all dreams of mine, but to quote Flannery O’Connor…
To expect too much is to have a sentimental view of life and this is a softness that ends in bitterness.
I would love to get in contact with anyone currently living in the Middle East, pursuing similar paths, and especially new teachers in the region. This is a journey I hope to continue sharing with the WordPress community. It’s not the career path I saw for myself a year ago. Indeed constant reevaluation of my hopes, ethics, and capabilities hasn’t made this life stuff any easier, only more difficult, there’s no clear paths, or clean sweeps from point A to point B. To know this and to live by it, are two very different things.