This one goes out to a lovely friend who’s about to repatriate to the States after a couple years teaching English in Korea. We’ve been messaging back and forth telling each other about our plans and recently I got a message from her that said I’m the only ray of light; the only positive person amongst negative voices that tell her not to leave “the safety net of Korea.” I just have to put my foot down and say STOP IT AMERICA! Read more
Native Foreigner is an online magazine for anybody who has traveled, is going to travel or knows somebody returning from an experience abroad. The first issue just came out and you can find my article on page 45. I highly recommend this publication and not just because I’m in it! The whole magazine is incredibly visually pleasing and the writing is excellent. This is a great resource for students returning from a study abroad experience, along with parents who want to know what their kids might be going through. I’m very honored to be part of the first issue. Go read it!
Most of the people I meet abroad in Asia are in the same boat as me. Not many are traveling for a few weeks; they are traveling for months on end or teaching English. So many of these people, myself included, are in their twenties and haven’t committed to a career path yet. Exploration is more enticing, and quite honestly we don’t know what to do.
We’ve been told to do what we love, but because our economies at home are in the crapper, to take what we can get. So, do you sell out and take whatever job you can if you can’t get a job that pays you to do what you love? Do you move back in with your parents? Read more