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Brian Ward

West Sacramento, CA, United States

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Overview

  • 4 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, Spanish; learning Portuguese
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Writer
  • Public School
  • From Salinas, CA
  • Profile 95% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Get my book published!!

ABOUT ME

http://bw3pt.podbean.com/2009/11/03/907-fm-monterey-ca-1197/

Interests

Top Five Hostels in the World

1)Hostel Sue #2 Bogota 2)Hostel Simon Weir Galway 3)Hostel Ostinatto Buenos Aires 4)Weary Traveler Tulum 5)Iguazu Falls Hostel Iguazu

Top Films

Mi Abuelo Mi Papa y Yo Scarecrow (1973) Paraiso Travel Everest: Beyond the Limit: Season 1 (3-Disc Series) Bachelor Party 2: The Last Temptation Cocalero Gotham Fish Tales Gary Gulman: Boyish Man Art School Confidential Intimate Stories U Turn The Sugarland Express Word Wars In the Middle of Nowhere The Missouri Breaks

Music, Movies & Books

'Tis by Frank McCourt Days of Obligation : An Argument with My Mexican Father by Richard Rodriguez Marching Powder : A True Story of Friendship and South America's Strangest Jail by Thomas McFadden, Rusty Young Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis The Closer We Are to Dying : A Memoir of Father and Family by Joe Fiorito Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho Makes Me Wanna Holler : A Young Black Man in America by Nathan McCall Down Under by Bill Bryson

One Amazing Thing I've Done

"What do you really want to do in this life?" I asked myself. "Travel the world for free," I answered. I decided to visit the career center website at Chico State. I entered “Teaching English in Korea” into the search engine and clicked on the link. A table then popped up on my screen comparing a teaching job in Korea with one in an American high school. Country Salary Taxes Yearly Total Remaining (Year) Housing Expenses Korea $26,000 + medical insurance $780 $0 $25,220

USA $35,000 $8,000 $8,400 $18,600

It was time for a different path in life. After seven months of waiting, I finally got a job with a Korean recruiter in Seoul (before any native English teacher can be hired from the US or Canada, they first need to go through a recruiting agency that places them in a job in Korea - most of the recruiting agencies are located in Korea). My new job was at an English academy in Southern South Korea. All I needed now was to get a South Korean visa. I got my visa in the mail a few weeks later and departed for Korea in March of 2010. As I was clearing customs in Seoul, I ran into another American who was also coming to Korea to be a teacher. I recognized him from the San Francisco airport, he was probably the only person in Korea with a mullet. Not only did he arrive to Korea with a haircut seen sparsely outside of North American trailer parks, he had gone out of his way to sculpt the tail into a “V.” My conversation with him would be repeated thousands of times during my stay in Korea. “In which city do you work? What's the name of your academy?”

Countries I've Visited

Colombia

Countries I've Lived In

Mexico, United States

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