Thursday, November 19, 2009


Overall, I'm super happy with my career choice. My job is so satisfying, and I truly feel I have the best job in the world!! I have a job that allows me to do whatever I want all day since I don't work until 6pm every day, and I finish at 9:15pm. My salary is thirteen times that of a factory worker here in Vietnam, so I live a wonderful lifestyle here as the cost of living is beyond cheap.

However, there is one drawback of being an ESL teacher in a foreign country. I discovered this while living and teaching in Korea. It's a very transient job, with teachers coming and going. Nothing is quite stable, and that saddens me. I yearn for stability in my life, and I need it to feel safe, secure, and at peace. It's difficult getting attached to people, becoming part of their lives, and then watching them go.

On the upside, I've seen three teachers I worked with in Korea here in Vietnam when they came down for vacation: Tom, Colin, and Brandon (and his lovely wife, Emily). Ying and yang, right, so the positive of all this is staying in touch with those I've parted ways with to feel the bliss of seeing them again after a long period of time :)

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    Blogger Jordan Carroll said...

    I understand just what you mean. We live a very transient lifestyle...we've lived in 4 places in just under 6 years of marriage! Every time it's hard to leave. There's always something special about each place. And, seeing friends come and go is always sad for us. We have learned that we must plant our roots quickly, or that we'll miss out on the best life (the people and places) has to offer!

    November 20, 2009 at 3:41 AM  
    Blogger A Davila Stephens said...

    I totally understand how that is. Your lifestyle is very similar to a military lifestyle, as far as the instability and transiency of it goes. Luckily, you have a wonderful job that you love!
    when we leave Iowa next year, it will have been my 9th move in 12 years. It will be my husbands 14th move. It's hard at times, but this is the life style we chose.
    I hope that you can find peace in the chaos of all the instability.

    November 24, 2009 at 12:09 AM  

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