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By Larry Fitzmaurice

After working 25 years for a community mental health center, I’d had enough of managed care and government bureaucracy. Our children had finished college and started their own careers. We were free to travel. I was fairly young and wanted an active retirement. I also wanted an opportunity to meet people unlike myself and learn about their culture and how they lived. Fortunately, my wife felt the same way.

We decided that teaching English would be the ideal way to achieve our goals. We could earn a comfortable salary and not spend any of our retirement savings while living in countries around the world.

We wanted to live in Asia, so we started by taking a 4-week course at TEFL International, TEFL International in Ban Phe, a small fishing village on the coast about a 3-hour drive south of Bangkok.

The staff at the school helped us with transportation and information about where to buy things at reasonable prices. In addition to demonstrating English-teaching techniques, the school also provides assistance in finding jobs. Everyone in our class had several job offers to choose from by the end of the course.

One advantage of taking the TEFL course abroad is that prospective teachers can visit perspective employers before they make a commitment to a contract. It’s also much easier to land a job with a face-to-face interview and a local recommendation from the TEFL school.

This has been a great experience for both of us. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our fellow classmates and the staff. By arranging our work schedule so that we work four weeks and are off one week, we have plenty of time to travel around Thailand and Southeast Asia. We have already visited Laos and northeast Thailand with a local family.

Living in Thailand is inexpensive, the weather is warm, and the people are very friendly. This is a great way to retire and travel around the world.

LARRY FITZMAURICE and his wife Marcia, have two grown children and maintain a home in Dalton, GA.