Teaching Abroad: an alternative life

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Teaching Abroad combines travelogue, cultural description and teaching tips into a memoir giving a first hand account of what it's like to teach and earn a living overseas. The journey takes us from Central Europe to Oman, from Micronesia to East Asia. As creative nonfiction, it reminds us that success is not a destination; it is a journey.

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About David Jenkins

I am an associate professor for the University of Maryland, Asian Division, currently based in Japan. I have lived and taught in Micronesia, Oman, the Czech Republic, Arizona, and California.

When I am not teaching in Japan, I am building cabins in Queensland, Australia.

I love hiking and scuba diving. My favorite hikes are in Austria; my favorite diving is in PNG. I have written several stage plays, three of which have been produced three times each.
"Ti Jean", about the life and times of Beat writer Jack Kerouac, has been produced at an arts theatre in Tucson, AZ, and twice at universities in Missouri. "The Hickey", a one act comedy, was originally produced at The Temple of Arts and Music Caberet Theatre in Tucson, AZ; it received subsequent productions in Phoenix, AZ at Paradise Valley Community College and at Atherton Performing Arts in Queensland, Australia (2005). "Lobby Rats", a full-length farce, has been produced three times as well: once at the Historic Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson, AZ; another time at a hotel in Culver City, CA; and lastly, on video that was entered into some fringe film contest in Canada (2003).

I am currenly writing skits and short plays for language learning to be used by EFL students and their teachers.


Review by: Danny Vogel on March 04, 2011 :
This book about traveling and teaching at various places around the world is a terrific read if you are an EFL teacher, as I am. Mr. Jenkins writes very effectively about life “abroad” as it really is, not necessarily as we like to see it.

His descriptions are ironic and amusing at times, challenging and provocative at others.
You should find this book meaningful if you are planning a teaching career.

As the author suggests at least twice in his narrative, “Success (as a teacher) is a journey, not a destination”. I believe he means that we are always improving, adjusting our methods and learning as we go along. This book is rather short on preaching “how to” do it; however, it is long enough on telling how it’s done. He knows what he’s talking about. I have been teaching overseas for 8 years and have lived in two of the four countries that the author describes.

While not perfect—it wanders a bit—once I opened my mind without expectations, I began to really enjoy the journey. The writing is sharp, the view wide, and the cultural insights deep.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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