Teach English in Asia, see the world, no exper. necessary, will train


Reply to: bruce@globaledcorp.com
Date: 2006-02-15, 12:42PM CST

Teach English as a Second Language in Asia

This is your opportunity to see the world!
-teach conversational English
-make a difference in people's lives
-spend a six months to a year in Asia
-gain international experience
-gain teaching experience
-learn about a new culture
-learn a new language
-make new friends from around the world
-get to travel around Asia during your paid vacation at very affordable
prices (Thailand, Philippines, China, Japan, Laos, etc.)
-save money, pay off your loans, travel

WOULD YOU DO IT IF YOU COULD?

Company/Job Intro:
Global Education Corporation (http://www.globaledcorp.com
) specializes in Study Abroad, Internships Abroad, and Teaching Abroad
both paid and volunteer. Our sister company, The TEFL Institute ( http://www.teflinstitute.com ) has in house (Chicago, Vietnam, China, Brazil) and online TEFL training on Blackboard.com over a 2 month period of time.

Korea Benefits:
– Net Salary of approx. US $ 1,800 -2,000 per month
– Free fully furnished housing
– You can save $ 800 -1,000 per month.
**Cost of living same as Chicago.. Lifestyle of $ 45,000 compared to US
1 month salary as bonus at completion of 1 year contract.
-Paid vacation & holidays
-Round trip airfare
-Severance payment (One month bonus)
-Only 3.3%-5% tax

Vietnam Benefits –
Net Monthly Salary: $1,300 – $ 2,000 USD (net after taxes),
Housing: $150-250/month shared Other: Low cost of living. (aprox ½ of USA)
Can save $800-$1400 a month. Low cost of living. 1 year commitment.
**your net income would be the lifestyle of $ 45,000 – $ 65,000 and be able to save $ 800 – 1,200 a month.

China Benefits –
Monthly Salary: $ 500- $ 800 USD net,
Housing: Included
Extremely Low cost of living 6 or 12 month commitment.
** (Lifestyle of $ 35 – 45,000 in the US) and save $ 300- $ 400 per month.
College degree not necessary.
Can do 6 month or 12 month commitment

Requirements
-Native English Speaker
-Must be a citizen of the US or Canada
-Minimum Bachelor's Degree in any major from US or Canadian University
for Vietnam and Korea, only some college required for work in China
-Must be in good physical and mental health
-No criminal record

We are located in Chicago and you can walk in to meet us, not an anonymous company on the internet in another country.

We carefully screen all positions and teachers for a mutually rewarding
experience. There is absolutely no charge for our services for teachers

We have 2 programs, Asia (Vietnam, S. Korea, China) which are
economically strong countries that pay well and will subsidize TEFL
certification. The other countries in Latin America and South America
(Costa Rica, Chile, Argentira, Uruguay, Brazil) are not economically
strong countries, the pay will get you by for housing, food and a
little spending money, they require TEFL certification but can not
subsidize the training. If you already have a TEFL or TEOSL
certification of 100 hours then there is no fee to be placed in Asia.

If you need TEFL certification we have 2 choices:

1) If you accept a job in our 3 Asian countries, the fee is discounted
50 % to $ 675 from original $ 1,350. Host school pays the other 50 % to
us.

2) If you want work in a country other than the Vietnam, S. Korea,
China the TEFL class is full price at $ 1,350. We will provide an
introduction to our existing relationships of schools throughout the
world or just apply to the thousands of ESL jobs around the world, many
are listed on our job board on the TEFL Institute.

**Next certification classes through The TEFL Institute (
http://www.teflinstitute.com ) on February 17-19, 2006, located in Chicago.
Online classes available the 15th of every month. Chicago classes are
the 3rd weekend of the month.

*** Classes for certification are normally $ 1,350 for a full
session and get placement in a dozen countries. If you live outside of
Chicago, you can take our online self paced course. Other counties we
have ESL teaching arrangements are Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina,
Brazil.

Global Education Corporation (http://www.globaledcorp.com
) specializes in Study Abroad, Internships Abroad, and Teaching Abroad
both paid and volunteer. Our sister company, The TEFL Institute ( http://www.teflinstitute.com
) has in house (Chicago, Vietnam, China, Brazil) and online TEFL
training of 100 hours (plus 20 hours observation at an ESL school).
With the TEFL training we provide lifetime assistance in any of the
countries that we work with. Most schools are privately owned English
language schools, some are at public school. The normal cost of a TEFL
course is $ 1,350 which takes 60 days to complete.

The TEFL Institute of The Global Education Corporation is recognized
worldwide by these leading study abroad and teaching abroad
organizations:

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) – http://www.accet.org

Accreditation Council for TESOL Distance Learning Education Courses (ACTDEC) – http://www.actdec.org.uk

California TESOL Instructors of America (CATESOL) – http://www.catesol.org

Association of Illinois TESOL Bilingual Education – http://www.itbe.org

International Association of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) – http://www.iatefl.org

Association of International Educators (NAFSA) – http://www.nafsa.org

The College of Teachers – http://www.collegeofteachers.ac.uk

Open Distance Learning and Quality Council (ODLQC) – http://www.odlqc.org.uk

The TEFL Board – http://www.teflboard.org

TEFL Institute and Global Education Corporation

Phone us or send resume:
1906 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773-880-5956 ext 30
bruce@globaledcorp.com

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  • Compensation: after taxes per month $ 1,200 – $ 2,000 plus housing and airfare in some countries
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March 27, 2006

Solving problem gambling

March 27, 2006

Article Launched: 3/26/2006 12:00 AM
 
 
Solving problem gambling
 
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
 
ASSEMBLYWOMAN
Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park, is in the forefront in seeking answers to
problem gambling among Asian-Pacific Islanders.

She's
got her work cut out for her because while only about 1.6 percent of
the general population nationwide could be classified as pathological
gamblers a recent survey indicated as high as 21 percent of
Chinese-Americans could fall under that classification.

Chu and the problem gambling task force of the
Asian-Pacific Islander Caucus convened recently to discuss the issue
and seek solutions.

Cultural influences could play a big part in why some
individuals go from recreational gambling to full-blown compulsive
gaming.

Many Asian cultures place great emphasis on luck, fate,
chance and numerology and gambling is seen as a harmless pastime in
many families, even for children.

Mah-jongg games have long been central to in-home social
events for family and friends. They can be compared to canasta or
bridge nights enjoyed by hip suburbanites of the 1950s, although
gambling among Asians has deeper roots and can be said to be a genuine
cultural outgrowth.

As noted in the March 20 report by Staff Writer Patricia
Jiayi Ho, Chu, herself, remembers the click of mah-jongg tiles lulling
her to sleep as a child.

The majority of Asians, however, keep recreational gambling in check.

Today
with the emphasis on online poker games and televised gaming events
it's tougher than ever to muffle the siren song of the big win, the big
spin.

Now that it's being sold as a "sport," to the detriment of
young people, more and more teens of all ethnicities are being lured
into the world of gambling. It is perhaps a shorter leap for Asian
youth as their culture already embraces many aspects of gambling.

Casinos and card clubs in Southern California and Nevada do
little to nothing to stem problem gambling and well aware of the Asian
penchant for gambling, provide players easy access. Indian gambling
outfits employ bilingual hosts to make their Asian customers feel more
at ease and provide gambling tours geared to Asians. The trips are so
popular and numerous that Monterey Park and other communities with
large Asian populations are considering ordinances to regulate the tour
buses that ply their streets.

Of course, Asians along with the rest of the population
must contend with the state lottery – tax-supported gambling with a
government stamp of approval.

Gambling addiction isn't a compulsion easy to break and
it's doubly difficult in Asian cultures where seeking help is seen as a
weakness. No wonder there are few Asian-based self-help groups and even
less material in native languages. Chu and the caucus could be most
instrumental in changing that perception among the Asian population.

It's crucial that Chu and other influential Asian leaders
attack this problem head-on. It would seem a natural project for the
numerous Asian-American associations in the region from Chinese to
Filipino. Perhaps they could stand the cost of pamphlets on the dangers
of compulsive gambling to be placed in community centers and
senior-citizen clubs. Or perhaps they could band together to produce
public service announcements on radio and TV.

To be most effective, the push must come from the Asian
community itself. It's clear Chu and her group are spearheading that
effort.

 

Officials intimidate Vietnamese reporters covering gambling scam

 
A Thanh Nien reporter assaulted by hired men while attempting to take picture of Nguyen Mau Thon  

Vietnamese
journalists covering the multimillion gambling case involving top
officials have been impeded, even attacked, apparently by thugs hired
to protect the accused from the media spotlight.

The
first instance was with connection with Bui Tien Dung, director of the
transport ministry’s Project Management Unit 18 (PMU18), who was taken
into custody late January for betting millions of dollars on football,
suspectedly with money from bribery and embezzlement.

The police subsequently arrested others including Nguyen Mau Thon who is suspected of bribing officials to let Dung off.

When Thon
was taken to his office by the police for a search 7pm Thursday and a
journalist tried to get a shot, he was assaulted.

A big man elbowed the journalist in his belly and another shoved his head, forcing him to fall on his face.

After a
while, a man dressing exactly like Thon, a former policeman, emerged
from the office. Journalists rushed towards him only to find out he was
a body double.

When they
managed to locate the real Thon, four or five men confronted the
reporters. One of them, an outsize hoodlum, confronted a reporter and
wagged a finger at him, warning: “Don’t photograph”.

When the reporter ignored him and continued to shoot, the thug punched him on the face. He fled when a policeman came forth.

When Dung was arrested, dozens of men were surrounding him, shielding him from cameras.

As he was taken in a police car to the station, two skinheads with tattoos on their body “escorted” the car on large motorbikes.

The next
day, when the police questioned Nguyen Viet Bac, deputy director of the
state-owned Vietnam Expressway Corporation, the police station in Hanoi
had more thugs than journalists.

In the
afternoon, around eight men were lounging near the police station,
reading newspapers. Whenever they came upon an article on the gambling
case, they would swear: “If I know who wrote this article, I’ll carve
him up.”

When a journalist came out of an Internet shop, he could not start his motorbike. Its spark plug was missing.

Dung’s
subordinate Vu Manh Tien, PMU18’s vice head, also had
intimidating-looking men with him while police searched his villa in
Hanoi. At least five men, all dressed in black, shielded his house from
press cameras. When a reporter tried to climb an electricity pole to
take pictures, a thug confronted him.

Two
foul-mouthed youths wrenched a camera from a reporter and one of them
said, “Don’t take more shots”. He was also set to punch the camera but
was stopped by another reporter. The situation only eased when police
officers appeared.

Photographing the press

Last week
when the police were questioning deputy transport minister Nguyen Viet
Tien at the station, a man in a denim jacket was yelling into his cell
phone [apparently wishing people to hear him]: “All of you come here.
There are three of them [indicating the journalists]…I have recorded
their license plate [details].”

In the
afternoon, a pockmarked man with long hair turned his camera towards
each reporter outside the police station. He then turned it on their
motorbikes before saying into a mobile phone: “I have photographed each
of them and their license plates. You be ready.”

Obstructing the media from covering news is a crime in Vietnam. So is hiring people for the purpose.

Reported by Nguyen Binh, Thanh Phong – Translated by Hoang Bao

 

Story from Thanh Nien News
Published: 26 March, 2006, 11:19:06 (GMT+7)
Copyright Thanh Nien News

Showing appreciation / Former Vietnamese refugee gives homeless a helping hand


Hiroko Ihara / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer

In 1979, a Vietnamese fled his homeland in a boat to escape
religious persecution. After being plucked from the sea and brought to
Japan, he eventually moved from refugee status to naturalized Japanese
citizen and adopted the name Shin Takayama.

Now Takayama, 49, is showing his appreciation to Japan for giving
him a new start in life by supporting day laborers and other homeless
in the Airin district in Nishinari Ward, Osaka.

His primary work, he says, is at Tabiji no Sato (Home of Travelers),
a local office of the Society of Jesus, where he acts as a liaison
among 11 local supporting organizations and outside concerns. Besides
receiving and distributing food and clothing to homeless people, his
office also hosts programs for student and adult volunteers.

In his spare time, he prepares hot meals and gives free haircuts.

In the district, about 2,000 unemployed people live in tents,
cardboard shacks, on the streets or in shelters. They are generally in
their 50s or 60s, but they often look older because of the hard life
they have endured.

"Many of them are unhappy with their current situations and want to
live independently," Takayama said. "I hope to help as many of them as
possible as a way of returning the kindness that was shown to me by so
many Japanese."

Originally from Bien Hoa Province in southern Vietnam, Takayama
descends from eight generations of Catholics. When the Vietnam War
ended in 1975, his family was persecuted by the Communist government,
which took a hostile attitude toward religious organizations.

"I wanted to become a Catholic priest," he said. "But Catholicism
was banned and religious schools were closed. Catholics were not
allowed to enter university."

Around that time, two of his younger brothers were drafted into
military service and were expected to be sent to fight in Cambodia.

Takayama's parents then decided that it would be best if their three sons fled overseas. Takayama was 23 at the time.

In preparation for his journey, Takayama bought a boat, an engine
and other equipment and found a pilot. He made careful plans about the
time and point of departure.

"Everything had to be done in secret. Otherwise, we'd be caught and
locked up," he said. "Even my parents didn't know when we would go
until right before we left."

The wooden boat, posing as a craft delivering palm tree seedlings,
left Ho Chi Ming City on Oct. 22, 1979, right after a typhoon, when the
coastal watch was lax. The boat traveled along the coast picking up
passengers–44 relatives and three other people–in small groups.

The boat, slightly more than 10 meters long and about two meters
wide, was jampacked with people as it headed out into the South China
Sea.

Not long after if left Vietnamese waters, the boat nearly capsized
in a storm. The group also suffered from fatigue, thirst and other
hardships.

On the fifth day, they were rescued by a Norwegian freighter bound for Yokohama.

After landing, they were sent to a refugee camp in Nagasaki
Prefecture, where they lived for about three years. While at the camp,
Takayama learned Japanese and various trades.

He then worked on construction sites in the Kanto region, where his
coworkers helped him with his Japanese and shared their food.

In 1989, 10 years after fleeing Vietnam, Takayama entered the
Society of Jesus where he underwent nine years of training, including
five years of study at Sophia University, to become a Catholic priest.
He became a Japanese citizen in 1996.

After working at churches in Hiroshima and Tokyo, he became the
director of Tabiji no Sato in April 2004, when his predecessor retired
due to poor health.

"For refugees, it's important to adapt to society," Takayama said.
"But many are not capable of that without proper support. I was lucky,
and I'm safe now."

Seven of his eight siblings left Vietnam. Four live in the United States, three in Japan.

He said: "We refugees risked our life to escape Vietnam and made
great efforts to settle in a new place. But we sometimes wonder if it
was worth the effort because [the Vietnamese] government's attitude
toward refugees has changed."

At first the refugees were treated as criminals, but as the
Vietnamese government began embracing the world market, it began to
allow Vietnamese living abroad to reenter the country. "Refugees are
heroes if they bring money into the country," he said.

Concerning his current work, he says the Airin district has declined
dramatically since the winter of 1989, when he first became a volunteer
there.

"At the time, the construction industry was booming, and day
laborers could find work easily. The daily wage was about 12,000 yen,
plus lunch," he said. "Now, it's less than 10,000 yen a day, and there
are very few jobs."

Indeed, it is estimated that as many as 350 people died on the
streets in a recent winter. He prepares gyudon (bowl of stewed beef and
rice) and other hot meals four times a week. On cold days, he sometimes
serves meals to more than 1,000 people.

Twice a week, at the Furusato no Ie rest station in the district, he
gives haircuts to 15-30 people a day after they select a style from six
possible choices.

"He's good. I use the service every two months," said a 55-year-old homeless man while stroking his neatly groomed hair.

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Welcoming volunteers

 

Takayama also hosts volunteers in the district at his facility.

A group of first-year students from Hiroshima Gakuin High School in
Hiroshima stayed at the facility in late December to learn about
different aspects of society.

During the two-day program, they cooked and served meals to homeless
people and joined a night watch to monitor their conditions and provide
blankets and food. Takayama also told the students about the personal
histories of some of the homeless people and the difficulties that led
to their current situations.

"When I arrived here, I thought it was an awful place, and felt
guilty about my own comfortable living environment," wrote one of the
students in an essay about his experience with the program.

His view changed, however, after he got to know the people and the
district. "I was exhausted by the hard work, but happy at the same
time, although I don't know how much it helps," he wrote.

Takayama said: "IT businesses and major firms are earning big money,
but the people here don't benefit from it. Once they're out of work,
they aren't welcome at home and their family falls apart. They aren't
given another chance."

"It's a problem of Japanese society," he said. "They are experienced
workers and want to show their skills. It's a matter of pride, not
money. I'm afraid the Japanese government's plan of accepting more
foreigners to do menial work will simply reduce their chances."

(Mar. 27, 2006)