Its March and my brain is already looking to December. The lifestyle I've chosen to live these past several years lends itself to the unknown. In Spain there was a reassessment about three times per year. One before school started in August/September, one at the beginning of the calendar year and the third at the end of the school term/start of summer camp season. Each time there were discussions of who would be staying, who was leaving, who was still looking for work and who would go where the wind blew. There were usually quite a few people in each of those groups, but I knew many people that were sufficiently settled in Spain without any intent to leave. I arrived in Spain and though I fell in love with the city (despite our regular spats and differing opinions), I knew I wouldn't stay. My plan had been to go to Spain for "a while" and then live somewhere else outside the US. Hence, my current location in Jakarta. I miss Spain terribly and now realize I am more suited to a European life and mentality than an Asian one.
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Option A: Join a teaching fellows or similar program. The New Teachers Project/ Teaching Fellows program is particularly appealing. There are nineteen states (Washington is currently considering joining) that offer this program. It's a partnership between a city's school district and a local university. An accepted applicant finds work in the school district in a high need subjects, i.e. math, science, special education, ESL programs. Most of the districts are tough areas with lots of teacher attrition and big populations in the low socio-economic realm. The focus of the teaching fellows program is to facilitate people who have had life experiences and though they didn't initially study to become teachers, they want to be now. After a six week induction, new fellows are given a mentor, sent to work a full time schedule and enroll in Master's in Teaching classes. Pluses: salary, benefits, hands on teaching, mentor, reduced tuition and a Master's degree. Cons: highly competitive, difficult teaching situations and life in general for two or three years until graduation, requirement to be in one of the nineteen included locations (some of which are Philly, DC, NYC, Oakland, New Orleans, Chicago and Denver).
Option C: Continue pursuing a career with the Foreign Service/State Department. I can do this while I'm working towards a Master's. I will probably try the test once more; I'm currently 1-1. Pass or Fail, there will be some decisions to be made afterward.
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Option F: ????
Thoughts? If you have advice, input, know of jobs or have suggestions please let me know. Any final decision will be delayed until at least July, but I doubt anything concrete will materialize before October. In the meantime, eating, drinking, general merriness (when not sick with the freaking plague of Jakarta illness) to while away the months.