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Subject: Heading South!


Posted by Jamie
On Friday, February 08, 2002 at 14:42:52

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Hey guys!!!


My name is Jamie and I'm a 23 y/o student who is seriously considering taking a year off to teach English in Brazil. I thought I might pick the brains of more knowledgeable people here=)

I have never been to Brazil, but had the opportunity to met a really great exchange student that proposed I take some time to experience life in another culture and teach English. The exchange student's aunt owns a Wizard English school in the city of Itumbiara in the state of Goias. From the research I have done so far, I've found that the Wizard schools often pay low and all and might not be the most optimal place to teach. They offered me 1200 reaias a month. Just how good of an offer is that?? I've heard both wonderful and horrible things about the country but still I feel drawn......So what's the low down?? I'd love to hear any tips and/or suggestions!!!! THANKS!!



Jamie

RE: Heading South!
Posted by Steve Trowbridge
On Friday, February 08, 2002 at 16:08:06

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Dear Jamie, I`m an American who came to brazil to teach English so can answer any questions you might have. it`s true that the courses don`t pay much(and you definetly don`t want to commit yourself to R$1200 a month)but you gradually pick up private students. Optimally you`ll have 2-4 classes through a course and the rest privates. You don`t want all privates because private students are notoriously fickle.
On balance I don`t really like Rio and am returning to New York in May. There are plenty of positive things here but ultimatelt it's the filth of the place and the complete lack of justice which tips the scales against it for me. Still, just to live for a short time and experience the place is great.
Let me know if you want more detailed information. Steve
RE: Heading South!
Posted by Steve Trowbridge
On Friday, February 08, 2002 at 16:08:19

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Dear Jamie, I`m an American who came to brazil to teach English so can answer any questions you might have. it`s true that the courses don`t pay much(and you definetly don`t want to commit yourself to R$1200 a month)but you gradually pick up private students. Optimally you`ll have 2-4 classes through a course and the rest privates. You don`t want all privates because private students are notoriously fickle.
On balance I don`t really like Rio and am returning to New York in May. There are plenty of positive things here but ultimatelt it's the filth of the place and the complete lack of justice which tips the scales against it for me. Still, just to live for a short time and experience the place is great.
Let me know if you want more detailed information. Steve
RE: Heading South!
Posted by Steve Trowbridge
On Friday, February 08, 2002 at 16:10:13

Message:
Dear Jamie, I`m an American who came to brazil to teach English so can answer any questions you might have. it`s true that the courses don`t pay much(and you definetly don`t want to commit yourself to R$1200 a month)but you gradually pick up private students. Optimally you`ll have 2-4 classes through a course and the rest privates. You don`t want all privates because private students are notoriously fickle.
On balance I don`t really like Rio and am returning to New York in May. There are plenty of positive things here but ultimatelt it's the filth of the place and the complete lack of justice which tips the scales against it for me. Still, just to live for a short time and experience the place is great.
Let me know if you want more detailed information. Steve
RE: Heading South!
Posted by Jamie
On Saturday, February 09, 2002 at 11:01:56

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Hi steve,


Thanks for the response..I'll definately be emailing for more detailed info.....Lack of Justice,huh....corruption?? Out of curiousity, what is the organized crime like there? Is there much of a gang problem ???



Regards,

Jamie
RE: Heading South!
Posted by Jamie
On Saturday, February 09, 2002 at 11:02:05

Message:
Hi steve,


Thanks for the response..I'll definately be emailing for more detailed info.....Lack of Justice,huh....corruption?? Out of curiousity, what is the organized crime like there? Is there much of a gang problem ???



Regards,

Jamie
RE: Heading South!
Posted by Jamie
On Saturday, February 09, 2002 at 11:02:15

Message:
Hi steve,


Thanks for the response..I'll definately be emailing for more detailed info.....Lack of Justice,huh....corruption?? Out of curiousity, what is the organized crime like there? Is there much of a gang problem ???



Regards,

Jamie
RE: Heading South!
Posted by Sick of America
On Wednesday, February 13, 2002 at 10:17:49

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I am sure they have gangs but the serious gang problem isn't on the streets, it is in the political institutions, as far as justice goes.
RE: Heading South!
Posted by love america and brazil
On Friday, February 22, 2002 at 08:59:19

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Sick of America> No gang problem on the streets of Brazil? You've never actually been there, have you? I admire your interest in a culture other than your own, but your naivete is a little disconcerting. You seem to hold Brazil up on this pedestal. This a natural tendency in an American who finds himself "infatuated" with another culture. But it isn't grounded in reality. Yes, ther are many pleasant and appealing aspects to life in Brazil. But there are many ugly realities as well. You need to thoroughly understand this. To dismiss these realities by pointing to America's own faults reveals a lack of awareness on your part. You can't compare violence in America with violence in Brazil. Nor can you compare poverty in America with poverty in Brazil. The poverty and violence you'll encounter in Brazil is on a scale that you as an American perhaps can't even fathom. I encourage you to pursue your interest in Brazil, but do so with your eyes open. And you might want to examine what's at the root of your apparent anti-Americanism, and resolve those issues within yourself.
RE: Heading South!
Posted by Sick of America
On Friday, February 22, 2002 at 23:27:14

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I have been to Brasil, first of all. Second, I was not implying that Brasil doesn't have gang problems in the streets. I was being sarcastic by referring to the politicians as the truly dangerous gangs. Third, my eyes are wide open. I am fully aware of the differences between America and Brasil, in all aspects. I hope I don't come off on here as sounding like Brasil is some Utopia, because I know it is not. I just really liked it. I don't think I am infatuated either. Brasil has a much more warm and open culture as compared to America, that is something I seek, so my anti-American issues don't run so deep. "Sick of America" is an eye catcher, you know how adept us Americans are at marketing...*wink*

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