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Friday, March 20, 2009

If you don't do it this year, you'll be one year older when you do.

Dongdaemun, "Gate of Rising Benevolence" or "Great East Gate"

I got an email from my dad last night saying:

Funny, every time I tell someone of your philosophy of working just enough to afford travel, they say 'good for her' or 'do it while you're young' or 'I wish I had done that.'

And then this morning, I saw this story from CNN. In a time when Americans are being laid off left and right, and friends I graduated with can't find jobs in their field of study and instead work waiting tables, I'm feeling pretty confident in my decision to teach abroad:

For many recent graduates, working abroad is becoming a more secure option than searching for a job in the United States. Most teaching programs in other countries will provide teachers with a salary and health insurance, and some programs in Asia will even provide free housing, said Jake Hanin, a teach abroad program coordinator for the Council on International Education Exchange, who also has noticed an increase in applications.

This end quote perfectly sums up when I've been telling everyone for the past year or so:

"You have plenty of time to get a career, start a family, and follow that path," Lee said. "Why not try another path first? What have you got to lose?"

Exactly my point.

2 comments:

  1. Exactly mine too. I have more job security in El Salvador than my friends back home.

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