Costa Rica

December in the South is pretty much fantastic.  Let’s just say that it was 58 degrees this morning and it’s probably going to get up somewhere in the mid-sixties later today.  Conclusion: Mild and balmy hoodie weather.  That’s right…fantastic.  I’m pretty sure appreciating the fantastic weather this morning has been the only thing getting me through waking up for an 8 am exam.  Don’t get me wrong, I know that my boyfriend and most other people on the planet have to get up earlier than I do every day, but I’m starting to think that 9 is the earliest it is ever going to happen for me.  Period.

I have to say though, getting up this morning would have been a lot easier if I hadn’t stayed up way too late last night not studying but reading the book I just bought on living abroad in Costa Rica.  Speaking of great weather, Costa is pretty much just 70 to 80 year round depending on the altitude you’re at.  Conclusion: perfection.  Anyway, this book seems to be the ultimate guide to all the nitty gritty stuff I might need to know about living in Costa.  It even chronicles budget plans depending on your job, how to find a job, and where to live.  All of this plus my burgeoning TEFL certification is starting to make living in Costa look pretty good if I do say myself.

Speaking of TEFL, good news!  I got a perfect score on module one.  I’m not bragging, I promise, I’m just super excited that the information makes sense.  More than that, the lessons I’ve gone through have been thoroughly helpful not only in learning how to teach to an ESL/EFL class but also in learning more about how to deal with people.  For example, I learned about how to give clear, concise instructions and elicit information from students.  That would be helpful not only as a teacher but also as a supervisor.  This is definitely worth the time and money!

Teach English

Lots of stuff has happened in the past couple of days.  My roommate (who agreed to living with me through July) has informed me that she’s moving out in January.  My mom came to clean the apartment, but somehow it ended up messier when she left.  My boyfriend bought me a fantastic fossil watch.  The last thing is fantastic, but the other two…not so much.  However, the thing that’s driving me now is my new plan to get TEFL certification so that I can teach English in another country.

If you don’t already know, TEFL stands for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language.  It’s equivalent is TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages).  These types of programs are implemented in the United States most commonly for international students wishing to study at universities in the US, but most programs looking for TEFL certified teachers are in foreign countries. So the first obvious benefit to being TEFL certified is job security.  Someone, somewhere is always going to want to be learning English.  I’m not saying it to be a bigot or say that English is THE language, but it’s a language that people are always trying to learn whether it be a business man or a kid.  The second benefit is a GREAT reason to travel the world.  For the past year, I’ve been seriously thinking about going somewhere in Latin or South America.  I’m currently learning Spanish and hopefully becoming more and more fluent, but realistically I know that until I go to a Spanish-speaking country, true fluency is never going to happen.  So to me, TEFL certification would enable me to secure a teaching position which would then let me support myself while I brush up on my Spanish.

The great thing about TEFL certification is that there are online certification courses with a variety of options.  Online is a fantastic option for me because I’m a busy student that works two jobs.  I don’t really have time to do a physical class (not to mention they are generally more expensive).  If I chose to participate in an online course for TEFL certification I could easily start it over the winter break when I could devote significant amounts of time to it before I start school again.  If all goes well, I could be certified by summer so that I could go off to Chile, Peru, Costa Rica, or wherever!

Sounds like a plan to me!