I've been working in a corporation for about 4 years now, and realized this is nothing I want to do, and I am tired of the American standards/ideals/values, and have decided I want to get out and see the world. I have a few goals:
1) I want to broaden my own horizons and see/learn as much as I can
2) I'd like to stay for long periods of time - not necessarily travelling, but living. That means I'll need to make money.
3) I want to help people/volunteer.
I just recently got rejected from a teaching program in American Samoa that I had my heart set on, so now I know I'd like to do something similar. There are a number of places I'd love to go, just a matter of figuring out which one is best for me. So, I'm here on TP to figure out the best ways to do what i want economically, and hopefully for as long as I can.
First order of business is figuring out how to get visas for longer than 3 months in a place...
I am writing to you from Malaysia and I wonder if you have found yet a place of your dream. How about coming to Asia, Malaysia in particular? I can help you for visa information where you can get 3 months and then able to renew another one month. It is also possible to go to Singapore for couple of days and then be back to Malaysia to obtain another three months. singapore is only 3 hrs by bus from Melaka, my place.
For accommodation, I can find for you in the beginning a local host who can provide you a room for free or for very little, or I can put you a nearby place where a modern apartment are located providing modern accommodation with shimming pools, Gim, good eating places; there are thousands of young university students in the apartments and the area surrounded. I can secure for you a room where you pay only 250 ringgit (that is 70 USD) for whole month with wonderful cheap Asian food outlets.
If you come here, I will help you find some work perhaps like teaching or volunteering whichever you choose, or even I can help you set up a business here if you are motivated. Do you have any Diploma or degree?
Hello there xDavidx!
I hope you have been able to settle on a place you would like to go. I think it's wonderful that you would like to live in a country rather than just visit it, that's the best way to expand your horizons.
I think maybe you should look into traveling and working in South Korea or another East Asian country (Japan, China maybe). There is a huge demand for English teachers in these countries and they pay well enough to live and travel while there. I know Korea pays for your flight and accommodation for 6 month or 1 year contract positions, and that includes a few weeks of vacation too!
I don't know of any particular websites as they pertain to the US, but if you Google it, I'm sure you will come across something.
Be prepared though, it can be a long process to get there; interviews, visas, blah blah, and there are some age restrictions so keep your eyes open for the details.
But everyone I know that has gone has either stayed for multiple years (which is a great option) or has begrudgingly returned home.
My partner and I are actually in the midst of applying for South Korea and hopefully we'll be going for the September semester.
Please message me if you have any questions about anything that I have mentioned.
Thanks Carlijana! I was actually thinking about doing Korea - not only would it be a good experience, I'd also be able to pocket some money to make my next move more viable. I was originally looking at a program in Tanzania, but volunteers programs require a lot of funds to be able to last for a year without pay. I think the Korea route might be the best bet.
When applying for visas, do you have to already have a sponsor in korea? Or can I do that process separately?
I'm 26, so i don't think age will be an issue.
I think you might need a sponsor (a school) in order to get a visa of that length. What you might be able to do is apply for a shorter term visa and then look for work while there.
We are actually relying on a Canadian Agency that specializes in Teaching positions in Korea, so they are doing all of the job-finding, visa-detail work for us. You might want to look into that option as well, its a lot less stressful that way because they have all of the resources available to them.
Ours is called Canadian Connections. but of course the US would have their own agencies. But do your research they're not all up-to-par.