Day 94 Post script: Oops, did I forget to mention

Trip Start Nov 11, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Police Chief's House - Chiang Khan

Flag of Thailand  , Loei,
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

 There was one other development that occurred today. While I was at the internet café in between school and the party I discovered no less than 4 emails from RTT. This was, in itself a good sign but when I saw the title bar of the first one was “Congratulations from Reach to Teach!” that confirmed it in my mind. I have an offer from them to find me a placement in Taiwan – but there is some work to be done first: I have to forward them a scan of my degree certificate and some other documentation that they have requested; once this is in place they will start looking for suitable schools for me and send me one (or possibly even several) offers from those they consider most suitable; I then review the offers and make a choice (or get back to them if they are not suitable – RTT are very keen for you to ensure that you make the right choice, both for your benefit and for the school where you are committing to teach); once I have selected a school they get a contract which is signed, sealed and sorted before you board the plane. After that there is a government medical once you reach Taiwan (which, irritatingly, could be a deal-breaker if they find anything serious) and then you are into the process of training and orientation.

As I may have mentioned – a small part of me was almost beginning to hope that RTT came back with a “No” as it would give me a perfect opportunity to look at some of the jobs that have crawled out of the woodwork here in Loei province since I set the application in motion. Attentive readers may have picked up that I have got quite fond of Thailand in the time I have been here and - even though I still want to continue my travels – having a base of operations in South East Asia would be quite handy. I am still not committed to RTT by any means.

But there are a number of rational factors that, I think, must outweigh the emotional (and human) elements: a) Taiwan will offer better training and support, b) On a related note, I am not a teacher yet – even if schools in Loei province are willing to take me, c) the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese is quite enticing, d) It is possible that I have a better chance of saving up money to obtain a TEFL qualification while with RTT. This last point does depend on the relative cost of living in Taiwan, which I have checked out in principal (It seems more expensive that Thailand, but not enough to outweigh the wage diparity) however you never really know until you get there.

Lots to think about, then as I move into the next phase of the journey.
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