I have decided I need to make some fairly radical changes in my life as my current situation is just not working. I really miss teaching and I would love to be able to travel, so I'd like to start the process for teaching abroad next year.
I do have some concerns about how legitimate some services are. I understand the application fee, but some are upwards of 1500, which I can save up for, but if I pay that much I want a guarantee of placement. Reviews are generally mixed so I thought I'd ask the great FSU.
Here are some requirements/wishes on my end:
Reliable public transportation and phone service.
Near a city large enough to have an airport
I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, so Northern Europe is out. I would ideally like a place with no or very little snow, but that's negotiable so long as it's not weeks without seeing the sun.
I would prefer a small stipend w/ a furnished apt rather than a larger salary and on my own for accomodations.
I don't have to have American style kitchens/closets/bathrooms, but I don't want to sleep on the floor either.
No Middle East.
I have five years teaching experience 6-12 and seven as a community college adjunct. I'm certified in 4-8 General Science, 4-12 English, 4-12 Social Studies. Special cert in World Geography and World History. Igave a Master's from LSU and the equivalent from The Youth Institute of Moscow. My language experience is French and Russian, some German, and very basic Spanish and Italian.