sandrom escreveu:Hi Frank,
I enjoyed a lot reading your impression of Saigon. It reminds me lots of stories that were told me by a vietnamese friend.
Hehe... yeah what a fascinating place, eh? I'm sure I'll go back there again at some point. I really enjoyed that city... it's just great to be out here, you can really "get away from it all" for a while in South East Asia.
But I´m still craving for knowing about how do you support your live on the road.
Sure man, I'll be happy to help you out with that. In fact I'm writing a series for the English Expert blog about that topic... you can follow along here:https://www.englishexperts.com.br/0 ... rs-part-i/https://www.englishexperts.com.br/0 ... s-part-ii/
Ideally you want to subscribe to the blog feed, that way you always get all the updates delivered to your inbox and won't miss any of them.
I remember that you said that you teach English. But for who? Locals or companies?
Teaching English is always an option... it's a job that is in high demand in almost every single country in the world. The easiest way to get a foot in the door is to work for language schools. They are always looking for teachers and if you simply compile a list of all the schools in the city you want to live in, you'll have a list of dozens or maybe even hundreds of phone numbers you can cold call. Chances are you'll find work the first week.
On the flip side, that kind of gig doesn't pay very much, and you probably want to switch to teaching private lessons over time. The disadvantage is that it can take a while to find enough students to sustain yourself... but if you're good at what you're doing, you will have more demand than you can handle in about 4-6 months' time. So that's always a good option if you want to stay in a place for a year or longer...
The highest pay is usually to be had in companies, teaching business English to groups of Executives. You need to be sharp, and you need to have both the skill level and the confidence to pull this off right, but it's by far the most profitable. Immersion classes often pay good money too.
So in summary... get your feet wet working for language schools, and then start looking for private students (run an ad, I don't recommend you steal students from the school unless you discuss it with the manager first). Eventually, start doing immersions and teaching in big corporations. As with anything else, word of mouth is the best way to land any job... cold calling can be rough and it also doesn't put you in as good a position to negotiate as when they approach you because of a referral and your reputation.
And how about translation?
There are jobs at translation agencies, but all the translation work I've ever done was on freelancing platforms on the internet... check www.guru.com
, etc... those are the biggest ones and they offer all kinds of jobs. The two biggest websites that focus specifically on translation gigs can be found at www.translatorscafe.com
. These sites also have excellent forums and a huge aggregation of articles where you will find all the information you need about working as a translator.
Thanks in advance and enjoy your time in Vietnam (what will be the next destination?).
You're welcome, I hope I was able to help... if you have any questions, just hit reply.
I'm actually in Thailand already, and I still need to write the update about Camobodia... I'll do that in the next couple of days.
Cheers Sandro, and good luck with your job search!
~ Frank Florida ~