Monday, 2 July 2012

ITTP Prague: Monday's TEFL Prague Quick Tip

This Monday's TEFL Prague tip is...

Well, this actually isn't a Prague tip this week but more of a general world travel trip - whether you are taking the course or not - and this message goes out to the Mothers and Fathers who might be reading this blog before their Sons and Daughters make their trip abroad, and of course for our clients who are either taking their course online and not planning on teaching in Prague, or the minority of our Onsite students who decide not to stay on in Prague after the course to teach and instead opt to teach elsewhere.

National Geographic run a 'show' called Locked Up Abroad (in the UK it's named 'Banged Up Abroad'). It's easy to find; just go to You Tube and type in the above and you will witness examples of travelers who have been locked up abroad in various parts of the world (sometimes for very long sentences). Sometimes because they knew they were breaking the law, sometimes because they were set up and were blissfully unaware of the situation which they were in until being arrested and charged.

When my kids turn 18 I'm going to sit them down and make sure that they watch every episode.

Once again, you won't have any major issues in Prague.
The only issues we find our Prague Onsite TEFL/TESOL clients getting themselves into are drink and party-related (hangovers, unwanted tattoos, sometimes a minor injury). However, there are parts of the world where you do need to be on your toes - where you would be unlucky to run into danger but where that danger is real.

So, if for example you are planning on going to teach English in or travel as a tourist to Thailand, then type "locked up abroad Thailand" into You Tube just so you are aware of an unlikely but real experience that someone else went through in that country.

The vast majority of teachers and travelers experience no major issues on their trips and return home with amazing stories and memories, and with strong friendships forged which will be with them for a lifetime. It is always prudent to make yourself also aware, even though this will most likely not happen to you, of the potential dangers lurking too.

Hope it helps!

Hezky den!/Lovely day!

Neville :-)