Hello everyone! My name is Ryan James and I would like some feedback
from this group. My friend and I have decided to sell our home and
most of our furnishings in California and move what we keep to New
Jersey for storage where family is available. We have traveled to
over 22 countries and have a lust for travel as well as cultural
experiences, so we intend to spend at least one year abroad.
I have a Masters in Social Work and a doctorate in
International and Multicultural Education with a specialization in
Second Language Acquisition and Learning and Instruction. My friend
has Masters in Social Work and Theology, plus a certification in
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the
University of California, Hayward. We intended to travel and settle
for three months or more in one country and teach English as the
opportunities were presented. This would be to supplement our
continued travel, but we have no expectations of living well off of
Just as we decided to take this trip abroad, I was offered a
position at an Institute in Kazakhstan as the Coordinator of
Undergraduate English Studies. After reading many things, speaking
with people who have been to Kazakhstan, and e-mailing the former
holder of the Coordinator position, I have doubts about the country.
One of the main issues is that the visa situation is difficult. The
school is willing to obtain a visa for me, since I will be working
there. They are not in need of additional teachers, so are not
interested in hiring my friend or obtaining the needed visa. They
did recommend other schools that may be hiring, but they never
responded to our e-mails.
We have been to Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic before
on vacations and loved all three countries. Our inclination now is
to head off to Poland and settle somewhere, then look for work. To
avoid visa hassles, we would leave the country every 60 days or
whatever the requirement is and return for the allotted time again.
If this works out well, we could very easily stay abroad for more
than one year.
I am not going to ask specific questions as I would rather
people respond open ended and without restriction to my specifics.
Thank you for your time in advance.