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Study Abroad Alternative – Teach English in Thailand, Get on TV !

(Paris is awesome…but look at Thailand. Photo by karibuworld.com)

Studying abroad is a great opportunity that I hope every American college student takes part in, but sometimes you can find an equally engaging opportunity abroad that isn’t a study abroad. I’m talking about working and living abroad. I recently came across a casting call for Millenial Americans (that’s you!) to teach English in Thailand for a new TV show that’s coming out. This is a great opportunity to work and live abroad, to immerse into another culture, and to gain that global experience needed for today’s workforce. If you’re on the fence about studying abroad, not sure if you want to go college, or are looking for a job post college – check it out and apply! If you’re interested, check out the information below that I copied from their website’s press release. But act fast! The deadline to apply is next week.

travel(Build a network, grow as a person, gain international working experience,  immerse into another culture. Photo by www.pinterest.com)

 

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 Now Casting Young AMERICAN Millennials Who Dream of Teaching English Abroad!

 

Relativity Media is casting a new TV show all about young adults who are ready to plunge into a whole new lifestyle! We want to document what it’s like to pick up and move to a different country where the culture is completely different than in America. We will follow your life as you work, live, party, and explore Chiang Mai, Thailand!

Have you always been the person who dreams of experiencing different cultures rather than settling down right away with a 9-5 job and a white picket fence?

Do you feel like America doesn’t offer the kind of “fish-out-of-water” experiences you want to live out in your twenties?

Have you and your friends talked about living and working in a different country but money is holding you back?

Whether you’ve been laid off, on an endless job search, unhappy with the cookie cutter lifestyle you’ve created for yourself, can’t stand to go to one more wedding, or just feel like you’re not feeding your desire to be adventurous– we want to help you finally make the move you’ve always dreamed of!

We are now looking for young adults between the ages of 18-30 who feel that right now is the time for them to pack up their lives and move to Chiang Mai, Thailand! We will help introduce you to companies who will help you find a job as an English Teacher and also help set you up with housing.

If you are interested please send the following info to: Luli.Batista@rtvshows.com

- Name and age

- Occupation or major

- Current City (only Americans please) and your hometown

- Phone number

- Two recent photos of just you

- Why you want to teach in Thailand/ what’s at stake in leaving?

Media Contact:

Luli Batista

Relativity Television

CASTING DIRECTOR

luli.batista@rtvshows.com

323-860-8974 Direct Line

Here is the official PDF for additional information.

Bonne chance!
-Andrea
  
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Nous sommes tous Charlie – A response to the 1/7/14 Terrorist Attack

(Photo by www.sltrib.com)

Driving at 7am yesterday morning, I did something I rarely do; I turned on talk radio. Because I am too lazy to pull up my car antenna up, I get really lousy reception on the radio, especially for AM or talk radio. But yesterday I had this nagging urge to listen to something smoother than Eminem, my usual morning commute music, even if it meant listening to a crackling voice. When I turned on the radio, instead of the crackling sound of the banal talk of the Congress “rebellion”, I heard something in crystal clear reception that made my heart race. Paris was attacked.

paris attack(Paris under attack in a video game. It wasn’t exactly like this but it feels like it was. Photo by gamingbolt.com)

I couldn’t believe it. Then the radio host announced that the attack had occurred just a few hours before during lunchtime in France. For a moment, I was actually more shocked that there were French employees still in the office at lunch time than over the crime itself. Like I’ve mentioned before, I don’t eat breakfast first thing when I wake up so I’m not my most compassionate because I’m hangry (that’s hungry + angry). I listened to the very American radio host butcher his way through pronunciations of French headlines and comics. News cap: a group of jihadistes opened fire in Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper, office killing about 10 people than 2 police officers afterwards while fleeing the scene and critically injuring a few others more. Why did they do this? Because they were offended by a satirical cartoon. I’ll be honest with you, the newspapers’ political cartoons seem to be in bad taste but it’s just a cartoon. That’s it. There is never a good reason to kill or be killed but this one certainly has to take the prize for the most stupid reason to take a life.

kissing_hebdo(One of the offensive cartoons. I debated about showing it because they are bad taste but let freedom ring- #JeSuisCharlie. Photo by www.theglobeandmail.com)

This is a very sad time for our Parisian friends and long time ally. I normally advise students to avoid demonstrations in Paris but this is one that I would join in if I was there right now. Freedom of press / speech is a fundamental belief in Western culture. It’s how we keep each other in line; how we point out the hypocrisies and injustices of our society as a means to bring it to light and find a solution; how we have fun. These weren’t politicians or people who were causing great harm. These were a couple of jokesters who liked to poke fun to get people to think. In the streets of almost every major city in France last night, people gathered together holding up signs saying “Je suis Charlie [for Hebdo]” and holding candlelit vigils. That’s one of the things I love about French culture. They can rally tens of thousands of their closest friends in support for any cause at any given moment. It’s not just Paris that is mourning; it’s the entire country. In support of our French brethren, I say out loud that je suis Charlie, but the reality is that he is all of us.

Please send your thoughts, prayers, and wishes to our French friends at this difficult time. Your support is needed.

  
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My battle with My Comfort Zone

(ok so Lady Liberty wasn’t rushing in and there weren’t hundreds of French soldiers but it’s still a battle. Photo by www.tiki-toki.com)

There is nothing more intimate and personal than our comfort zone. It is a place where we feel safe, where we are safe. It is a place that, as its name suggests, makes us feel comfortable. It is a constant in the ever changing variable that is life. Despite its comfy-ness and safety, I’m always recommending you to leave it when you’re preparing for your study abroad. Since studying abroad is all about doing everything in a different way, it only makes sense to get uncomfortable by leaving your comfort zone so that you can become comfortable with constant change once you arrive abroad. I can tell you from personal experience that if you go abroad not expecting to change, it can be quite jarring to realize that you’re going to have to do it whether you want to or not. So it’s better to be at ease with changing by leaving your comfort zone. But it’s not just for studying abroad. I didn’t realize it when I was in college but once you leave your comfort zone, you find out there is a whole new arena for opportunity and experiences. When I was in college, I was Queen Bee of the Comfort Zone. I only ever rarely left and when I did “leave” it, I was never completely out as there was always a toe still in the line. Studying abroad not only pushed me out of my comfort zone, it brutally forced me out. For that I am grateful as it gave me the courage and determination I needed to do other things and branch out in life. But that doesn’t mean that I live outside of the comfort zone; rather, it means that I have adjusted my comfort zone parameters.

Leg_restraint01_2003-06-02(Restraint so good…sometimes. But it’s best to not be in them in the first place. Photo by en.wikipedia.org)

I got a reality check on my comfort zone boundaries over the weekend at a post Christmas bash. It was a pleasant enough soirée chez le chef of my better half. Maybe it was due to hunger or a drop in estrogen due to my impending regles but what I can tell you is that when I saw a new face, I ran away. And since I only knew a few people there, I was running away most of the evening. Sometimes, someone would stop me to say hi and introduce themselves. I returned the introduction, smiled and then scadoodled away. I was completely overwhelmed. The boss’ house was a decent sized home but it felt awfully cramped with 70 people in it. Everywhere I looked there was an unfamiliar face. I had plenty of opportunity to strike up new conversations but I didn’t. I was out of my comfort zone and I wanted nothing more than to be back in it. This party was the perfect opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone and I didn’t take it. The entire time at the party, I wished that I wasn’t letting myself be restrained by my old friend CZ (that’s the comfort zone).  But I didn’t go with the right attitude to this party. I didn’t go with an inquisitive and open mind; I went with an empty stomach and fatigue. Leaving your comfort zone is great practice not only for studying abroad, but for life. You never know what opportunities can come your way. That’s why it’s best to be prepared to put yourself out there, way outside of the comfort zone, at any time, anywhere, by practicing. Practice makes perfect and if you’re always doing something new than you can never truly be comfortable. And that is when you find true success.

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Bonne chance!
-Andrea