Learn More about your World
I don’t usually spend much time on WHY you might want to teach English overseas, but I guess it is time to express a few ideas on the idea.
This notion is best approached from a personal perspective and for each of us, that perspective can be very different.
What Have I Learned Overseas?
#1. How poorly the education system in my home country educated me. Did you know there are as many as 1.8 Muslims? Or even 1.6 billion Buddhists? Where was that in our education? Do you realize that Christian cultures are a minority in the world, not a majority? So why is your calendar date based on Jesus Christ? I don’t mean to be offensive here, just to help you see that there is another world out there.
#2. Do you know that in some countries it is the year 1430? And that Thursday and Friday or the typical days off? That’s the Muslim calendar.
Do you know that in some countries the year is 2553? My car registration is due in June of 2553. That is a calendar dated from the enlightenment of the Buddha. Wednesday is the holy day in many Buddhist cultures and some businesses will close that day.
Did they tell you that at school? Did they even KNOW that? I suspect not.
One of the very best reasons to get out and see the world is to realize what is really there. To understand how little your education reflected the real world out here.
#3. Understand ALSO how you are aren’t really any different than the rest of the world. My wife and I were talking just yesterday about how tourism is severely down in the area where we live, due to civil unrest in the capital city over 600+ miles away (1000 kilometers). Is it unsafe here? Not really. What about 9/11 in the States? The Oklahoma City bombings? The race riots in Watts and many other places, Waco Texas? The London bombings? Madrid bombings?
Yes, much of the world has problems, but we tend to turn a blind eye to those things in our home country and to be fearful of things in other countries.
TED’s Tips™ #1: Get out there and see the REAL world, not the one your education painted for you.
TED’s Tips™ #2: Learn to survive and thrive in the REAL world. It is the only hope for your home country. That people see, understand and can operate successfully out in the world at large.