George Michael Babineau

Biography

I am a teacher, a writer and a dreamer.

As a teacher, I love to share stories with others. The most important stories are, "how NOT to make the same mistakes I did." And thus begins my writing career.
As a writer, I have compiled a massive amount of information, and when I find the time, I articulate these experiences, both positive and negative, and publish them in a TEFL Book. There are currently TWO volumes, with a 3rd in the works. Each highlights "HOW TO" make the life changing decision to live, work and play abroad, what requirements you need to be a Foreign Teacher, and most important "how to" get certified to teach abroad. Next, I share many stories about contracts I have had, and mistakes I made in balancing what was right for me, which brings me to my third point.
As a Dreamer, I often tend to think the world revolves around me, and I am happy in my little bubble of a reality that I call my own world. But... If you don't accurately read and understand, and more important question the job offer or contract, you may be stuck in a situation that is not right for you. Learn from my mistakes, and enjoy a whole new world of opportunity. But this career choice isn't for everyone. There are strict requirements to process a legal working visa. And I tend to stick to those types of job offers and contracts. Just read the find print and consider all your options in your job offer, and ask a lot of specific questions that we cover in our books that relate to your living, working and playing environment.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Someone much more famous than me once said something like, "the mistakes you make create and define the character you become." But I forget his name. I can assure you that as a 'regular Joe' or at least a 'regular George,' I have made so many mistakes in life that I have more character from my life experiences, successes and failures that one mind can contain. So I write and share, hoping someone will read my tale, and prevent the same mistakes I have made along the way.

As a non-fiction writer, first and foremost, I have stories to tell. True-life, first hand, sometimes embarrassing even humiliating stories, but stories nonetheless. My ultimate goal of writing TEFL Teach and Travel is to educate the world (At least the world of 'Native English Speakers' on how they can escape a world they may not really be happy in, and offer the tools on how they can become geographically free to explore the world, without having to save up to go on holiday and be a tourist.

My main point is to encourage potential people, tied down to their cubicle, in a mundane and competitive world they seek to escape, and teach them how to make the decision to become a global traveler, a vagabond if you will, and immerse themselves in another countries culture and society offering them a chance to live, work and play in another country, making the most money, with the freedom to move around to another place (country, city, school) without being limited geographically.

Getting certified to Teach English as a Foreign Language is as simple as enrolling in the most globally respected tefl-c.com online course, negotiating the best contract, in the environment that you want to explore, get a visa, and just go.

Another wise person once said, the grass is not always greener on the other side." And I believe this is fact, but again, I haven't a clue who said it. I can assure you that proper planning is essential. But how do you properly prepare for a potentially scary and unstable life? Read both TEFL Teach and Travel books on the market today, and look forward to Volume 3, which will articulate more teaching tools, and encourage a realm of adaptability preventing mistakes before they happen.
Do you remember the first time you decided you wanted to Teach abroad?
I remember the moment like it was yesterday. I remember the sights, sounds, atmosphere, and most of all the person who suggested that I make this dramatic lifestyle change.

I was at Zuma Beach, back home in California facing potential homelessness, with an uncertain tomorrow. I was with my best friend in all the realms. We spent the morning surfing some amazing waves, and went for breakfast. We were enjoying cinnamon french toast piled high with whipped cream with caramel and chocolate drizzled on top. It was a scene of paradise. He had been drawn to a flier posted on the Pepperdine University career center bulletin board that screamed my name.

"TEACH and travel the world" was the headline, and detailed 'how to' get certified... In Prague, Czech Republic. Within a month, I had enrolled, and was moving with all I could fit in two suitcases and a backpack. I sold my truck, gave away or trashed everything that was once me. It was a very humbling experience. Like holding at a yard sale and someone is haggling over a 20.00 item, which once had a 200.00 price tag, and had a sentimental value that words could not express with a worth. I sold that item for 5.00, and thought for a moment, this is what life has reduced me to. It was horrific.
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Books

TEFL Teach And Travel 2
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 34,970. Language: American English. Published: May 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Careers in education, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Teaching
TEFL Teach and Travel 2. ‘Two, to, too…’ will highlight the basic requirements ‘how to’ become qualified to Teach English as a Foreign Language, review the certification process and teaching methodologies covered in training, and most importantly will dive deeply into how to score the best contract for you. Every job offer is as unique as the person applying.
TEFL Teach And Travel
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,470. Language: American English. Published: May 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Teaching, Nonfiction » Career Guides » Education
This is a “how to” book designed for people who want to leave their dead end job, make a productive lifestyle change to be geographically flexible, and most important to help make the difficult decision to get certified to Teach English as a Foreign Language. But what new job, new experience, new country and culture is right for you? It is all in the contract.

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