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Old 02-18-2018, 03:41 PM
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Hi. I am from a small town in Northern New York and am looking for change to improve my life. I was hoping some of you may have ideas of where good places to start over may be.

About me, I am 30 years old. I have a bachelor's degree in theater arts and have finished about half of a masters degree in global studies. My job history has been a bit all over the place and unremarkable. I worked in a gas station for about 4 years, substitute teaching for 3, I have had a few delivery jobs and some inventory work.

In addition to this I have a TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) which I received in Prague, and I spent 6 months doing missionary work in Quebec and French Polynesia.

I live in a small village in an area with not many opportunities. I want to live somewhere that's not too big, but some place where there is opportunity to both work as well as to explore and experience new things.

One thing I also want to put focus on is population density. I don't want to be out where there is no one and nothing to do, but I would have a hard time dealing with a hugely populated city as well.
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Old 02-18-2018, 08:41 PM
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I've worked in several countries of Asia for an engineering consulting company and have met many English teachers in Asia. From what I've heard, S. Korea is good for pay and benefits as is Japan and Taiwan. China has the most opportunity. For fun, I would say Thailand but I don't think the pay is great there. If I were you, I would probably look hard at China for opportunity and learn Mandarin while you're there.
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Old 02-20-2018, 07:23 AM
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A friend of mine from Rockland County NY moved with me to China in 2001. He was around 30 yrs old at the time, he had a degree in television or something and became a professional English teacher in Beijing. It was the best move he made in his life. Met his wife, saves a ton of money and is ready to retire at 52. Message me directly if you need help or suggestions
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Old 03-04-2018, 05:51 AM
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If I were you, I would choose Thailand. Thailand is not only "for fun". As an expat there, you'll get at LEAST 50.000 bahts, which is the basic legal income for a farang there (foreigner). Then, depending on your lifestyle, you'll be able to save quite a good amount of money every month.

For instance: you rent a condo for 14/15 000 maximum in a good area of Bangkok... And you still have 35 000 a month to eat (cheaper than cheap out there), go out, get massages (250 bahts 1hour), and enjoy life to the fullest ahah
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Old 03-04-2018, 08:29 AM
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Teachers are exempt from the minimum...and quite a few are barely making 30k.
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