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ericka



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2005 1:17 am    Post subject: teaching abroad with kids Reply with quote

I have a 3 year old daughter but I want to teach in latin america is it wise
to bring her with me.
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Guy Courchesne



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This depends on a few factors.

Will you be traveling alone? If you plan to bring only one income to the household, you may have a hard time earning enough to makeends meet for extra expenses such as preschool or kindergarten and healthcare.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 5:26 pm    Post subject: Re: teaching abroad with kids Reply with quote

ericka wrote:
I have a 3 year old daughter but I want to teach in latin america is it wise
to bring her with me.


Lord have mercy lady what the heck are you thinking Question Is this job you got with a university or something with all the fringe benefits? private tutoring for some kind of rich bigwig? You'll be feedin that child rice and beans on the income international house'll pay you Sad

well to each his own i guess.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It can be done in many places in Latin America, with care of course. I'm here with my wife and we're about to adopt a child.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 7:01 pm    Post subject: The first 100th post on ESL Jobs Forum! Reply with quote

Guy Courchesne wrote:
It can be done in many places in Latin America, with care of course. I'm here with my wife and we're about to adopt a child.


Congratulations Guy, you're the first ESL Jobs Forum poster to reach the 100 post mark! Surprised

You're now the proud owner of a fluffy, Santa Claus oven mitt! Where shall we send it?

Kudos!

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Guy Courchesne



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

100! I'm honoured.

That oven mitt will come in handy this Xmas for turkey...
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Congratulations! I'll be the first to congratulate you when you get to 1000. Shouldn't take long, about this time next month huh? Laughing

...that is unless Kuplungmaster picks up the pace and takes over as #1 poster
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Ayla



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:38 pm    Post subject: Re: teaching abroad with kids Reply with quote

PittsburghPete wrote:
ericka wrote:
I have a 3 year old daughter but I want to teach in latin america is it wise
to bring her with me.


Lord have mercy lady what the heck are you thinking :?: Is this job you got with a university or something with all the fringe benefits? private tutoring for some kind of rich bigwig? You'll be feedin that child rice and beans on the income international house'll pay you :(

well to each his own i guess.


Arroz y frijoles-- rice and beans is excellent food or should I say, "are excellent foods"
I don't think living like the people should prohibit us from going, thanks for the heads up on international house, but maybe teaming up... I've lived in Costa Rica before and would be willing and able to go there or in the neighbourhood again with my eight year old and I'd love to go with another single mama and child whom we could share childcare with, share living space possibly, even launch our own private tutoring biz.
Anyone interested in discussing?

Ayla
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RRK



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 4:31 pm    Post subject: Taking a 3 year old with you to teach in Latin America Reply with quote

Allow me to suggest that you do your homework well prior to taking your child on a prolonged stay to a foreign country.
Let's see what you need to think of:
What country do you plan to teach in?
What school and is it located in a rural or urban setting?
What is the pay you will be getting?
How many hours will you be teaching and lesson planning a week?
How long do you plan to stay?
Are accommodations included?
What about medical care?
Do you speak the language?
Will it just be you and your child?
What sort of daycare facilities are available?
How much do they cost?
These are the basic questions, but only the tip of the iceberg. You need to remember that you and your child will go through culture shock and not necessarily at the same time and in the same way.
I have lived and taught in Mexico for over 4 years and I still have moments of culture shock.
Only you know yourself and your ability to cope, but bringing a 3 year old into the equation might prove extremely stressful.
I do not want to advise you against this. Just look at the pros and cons of every aspect you can think of to make your decision and to ensure success.
Good luck!
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chapina



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that giving our children the opportunity to see the world from a totally different perspective is a great gift. You too will be able to gain a new appreciation for mothers everywhere if you share in the experience of raising your child along with the mothers of the foreign country where you teach. There are many kind nannies everywhere. Of course you have to be careful and you have to plan your stay, but feeding your kids rice and beans will only make them stronger and wiser. Hey, they'll know how to survive any situation, right! Latin America has many problems, political, economic, social, etc. So does the United States. If foreigners watch our news or visit our major metropolitan cities, they will have second or third thoughts about raising their children here. I challenge those of you considering teaching in Latin America to expand your mind and actually learn to really value and appreciate the people you want to "educate." Maybe they have a thing or two to teach you.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 7:42 pm    Post subject: I want to teach in Latin America and bring my 3-year-old. Reply with quote

Why not? This is not the end of the world. I have raised two kids through College being 1st an English Teacher and then a Professor after a divorce that left me peniless. As usual teachers have to live on a budget. But maybe you can arrange to teach at a school where they take your child as well.
Go ahead. :D
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 10:01 pm    Post subject: I say sure, go for it. Nothing tried, nothing gained. Reply with quote

I say go for it. The cultural experience will do you daughter great. Teachers have to budget anywhere regardless. Travel exposure is some education you cannot get in any classroom. Your daughter, now in her formative years, will thank you later, if you've built a good, lasting relationship.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 10:17 pm    Post subject: Re: teaching abroad with kids Reply with quote

ericka wrote:
I have a 3 year old daughter but I want to teach in latin america is it wise
to bring her with me.
Rolling Eyes WOW what a great idea.
That said be aware that there is not nearly the same level of "protection from themselves" with regard to child management here as we find in most of the developed world. Where I needed to buy 3 car seats just to take my kids to the hotel from the airport in a rental car when we visited the States a few years ago. Here I work at actually getting them to sit down most of the time in the back of my pick-up and my son (now 10) really enjoys hanging on when we go for a jeep ride down one of the many local "roads from Hades". I have brought up three children here in Central America where my wife and I run a bilingual school for underprivalidged children. We have taken them all over the area and worked hard at teaching them to think about how they need to be responsible for their own personal safety because most waterfalls don't have safety fences and streets don't have crossing guards (your'e lucky if they have "crossings" and even more lucky if the drivers pay attention to them). But three is such a great age to learn the global reality of the third world and how happy poor children really are before they discover they are POOR. We are planning to give our children the opportunity of a high school education in a developed country but I can't think of a better place for them to have spent their younger years than Central America. We do have the added motivation that their great grandparents are alive and well here in Honduras and having them get to know their great grandparents was one of the primary reasons for deciding to live here in the first place. If you have any questions - don't hesitate to contact me. I have been running a school here for over 8 years and have had a number of our teachers bring their children although none as young as three yet.
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