GeoVisions Blog

A New Volunteer Abroad Blog From Costa Rica

Posted by Randy LeGrant on Wed, Mar 07, 2012

Costa Rica Kisa Blog logoWe get a lot of questions about other volunteer and teacher Blogs.  We get so many of them, sometimes they fall through the cracks to be quite honest.

If you click on this link:  GeoVisions Volunteer and Teacher Blogs you will see all of the ones we have highlighted over the years (and more recently) and we hope you will see something you like.  If you do, let the author know by subscribing and commenting.

You can also go to our GeoVisions Community Pages and choose a country that interests you.  Read those journals if you like.  You'll need to join the GeoVisions Community if you want to comment.

So there are two places for you to go and read from our own teachers and volunteers.  We don't edit anything so what you see is exactly what we got.  And besides, if everything was reviews...wouldn't you wonder who actually wrote that stuff?  I mean, seriously.

We have a new Blog from one of our volunteers in Costa Rica.  Named Costa Rica Kisa, you will find this Blog to be fun to read and very informative.  Plus, the Blog is full of great photographs.


Tags: Teacher Blogs, Volunteer Blogs, Volunteering Abroad, Costa Rica

Conversation Partner Italy-Two Volunteer Blogs

Posted by Randy LeGrant on Mon, Feb 27, 2012

CP ItalyRobin Vaughn is an amazing cook, an amazing teacher and an amazing traveler. GeoVisions is so lucky to have Robin in Italy right now living with a host family and helping Italian teachers there teach English. Robin will be in Italy February, March and April.

Robin is very active with her host family. She keeps them busy…and they keep her busy as well. She's a great teacher. She also writes a travel journal on the GeoVisions Community Pages. You want to click the link below that will take you to her travel journal and read her entries and look at her photos (and cartoons).

In addition to that she writes a cooking Blog, A Bird In The Kitchen. I have subscribed to the cooking Blog because the recipes for Italian cooking (which she's doing onsite all the time) are amazing and the photographs capture all Robin is experiencing these 3 months.

If you're interested to know how you can use the GeoVisions Community Pages, Robin has it going on. You can learn a lot looking through her journal pages.

If you're interested in Italian wine and food…check out that food Blog of hers.  I'm sure you'll be a subscriber, just like me.

A bird in the italian kitchen blog logoAnd if you're interested in Conversation Corps-Italy or the program Robin is on, Conversation Partner-Italy…her two Blogs will help you make up your mind to choose one and put your butt in an airline seat.

And if you're interested in one of our THREE summer camps, being a counselor and teaching some English during camp activities…Robin is in the Marche region, exactly where two of the three camps are located.

Italian Summer Camp
This camp is on the ocean, you live in an apartment and bicycle to the camp each day.  You can view a video of last year's camp experience right here.

Italian Summer Camp-Macerata
This camp is a 30-minute train ride to the beach.  You live in student accommodations or shared apartments.

Coming Soon:  Italian Summer Camp-Naples

Robin's two Blogs are model Blogs and you can't go wrong taking a few minutes to look them over. We hope you'll be in touch and let us help you get to Italy.  Perhaps you'll add to Robin's recipes.  Or you'll start a painting Blog...or you might write your first novel.

Tags: Conversation Partner, Conversation Corps-Italy, Teacher Blogs, Conversation Corps, Italy, Volunteer Blogs, Volunteering Abroad

Teach In Thailand--Our January 2012 Group Of Teachers

Posted by Randy LeGrant on Fri, Feb 24, 2012

January 2012 intake of teachers on Teach in ThailandIt all began on Sunday January 8th, 2012. The January intake group for GeoVisions' Teach in Thailand program met Kevin and Jaco in the lobby of the Ratchada Hotel in Bangkok for their debriefing. After a little question-answer session, the group headed back to their rooms in preparation for the journey to Hua Hin on Monday morning. All of the students shared 2 minibuses for the two-hour drive down the coast. As soon as they arrived, everyone had a choice between three different accommodations. 12 of the students chose the Hillside, while 3 chose accommodation closer to town. For the rest of the first week, the group had Thai language classes, culture and politics lessons, as well as getting bank accounts, sim cards, and scooters sorted out.

In honor of the group’s successful first week in Thailand, we held a Braai on one of the most beautiful beaches in Hua Hin. On their first Friday evening, the staff, our January group, and even some of our friends from the Wildlife Rescue Centre joined to celebrate their new adventures. Everyone was telling stories about home and anxiously asking questions about Thailand or motivations for coming here. After one full week the teachers are settling in well and starting to build the type of connections that will last a lifetime. As the night went on, the food was served, drinks were finished, and the conversation dwindled.

Teach in Thailand gamesAs a supplement to the practical portion of the TESOL course, students get to observe an English lesson at a local middle school. The class is currently working on their food module. The teacher, a native Thai woman, revisited vocabulary from the day before, and had the teachers create bubble charts (one main idea in the middle circle branching off to other ideas) for the various types of food. An example was “Brainy Foods” and vocabulary that fell underneath the category was blueberry, banana, strawberry, and milk. The students were divided into groups, but sent an individual to present the bubble chart to the class. Through observation, these soon-to-be teachers get to see different forms of classroom management as well as how to teach older kids.

Throughout the TESOL course teachers are given many opportunities to practice presenting lesson plans. We encourage our teachers to act as if the classroom is filled with Thai children, giving instructions and eliciting vocabulary much like they will in their teaching placements. There are three main types of lesson plans, but teachers can be creative with the activities that will help the children learn vocabulary and conversation skills. Our teachers this month are all doing very well, and we cannot wait for them to get out there and teach!

For more information about the "Teach In" programs offered by GeoVisions, check out our Teach in China, Teach in Korea, Teach in Thailand and our newest, Teach in Vietnam programs to learn how you can travel to Asia, become a teacher and earn a great full time salary with excellent benefits.

Tags: Teach Abroad, Teacher Blogs, China, Work and Travel, Thailand

Teach English Abroad! Five Blogs That Help

Posted by Randy LeGrant on Mon, Dec 26, 2011

typewriterOn December 12, Edudemic ran a Blog post we really liked by Jeff Dunn, the Executive Director of Edudemic.  They produce a monthly iPad magazine about education and technology.  We follow Jeff on Twitter (@Edudemic) because we work with hundreds of teachers each year, placing them in full time teaching positions in Thailand, China, S. Korea and soon in Vietnam and Japan.  Their content on the Blog, Twitter and their Facebook page is helpful.

The most recent post we loved was "50 Must-See Teacher Blogs Chosen By You."  My brother-in-law is a Math teacher in New York City, and I didn't see his Blog in the list and so I'm going to suggest you take a look at JD2718.  It's a great Blog for teachers, especially if you're teaching in New York City.

Because GeoVisions is interested in teach abroad and especially paid teach abroad, I looked through Edudemic's top 50 to see if I could find some Blogs to pass along to our teachers abroad and those getting ready to go overseas and teach.  Here is a short list from Edudemic's list of the top 50:

Language in the dictionaryA Journée In Language by Brad Peterson.  A great Blog about Etymology and quite a few posts that can help you prepare to teach English abroad.

On of the most incredible and information-rich Blogs on the list for our teachers is An A-Z of ELTby Scott Thornbury.  Scott is the author of An A-Z of ELT, an encyclopedia-dictionary of terminology relating to English language and English language teaching. It was published by Macmillan.  The Blog is a great online resource if you're headed overseas to teach English as a foreign language.  Scott also teaches an online MA TESOL program for the New York School System.  He lives in Spain.

English Raven by Jason Renshaw is an interesting Blog.  Great posts on getting kids to Blog.  And frankly, the best way to teach a language is to have students use it in all sorts of ways, and an online Blog where your students assist is a great way to reinforce language.

Language Moments by Dale Coulter is a great Blog that was a featured Teaching English Blog of the month by the British Council.  I loved the lesson plan on using iPhones in the classroom.

I think if you're going to teach abroad, you want to try to find Blogs and Facebook pages that support what you want to accomplish.  Read from people who have already gone before you and leave clues to your success.  Get involved with their social communities.  All good use of your time before you teach in Thailand or teach in South Korea.

I hope you can use some of these ideas.  I hope you'll follow Edudemic on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

Do you follow Blogs or Facebook Pages we should also list?  Can you recommend them here so we can share?

Tags: Teach Abroad, Teacher Blogs, Work and Travel