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Old 05-07-05, 09:28 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I've frequented a lot of forums in my 18 years. Some on bikes, some on computers, some on flight simulators, some on entheogenic substances. I'm posting this question to all forums , present and past, so as to get as many ideas as possible from the widest range of people. Thanks:


So recently a friend and I have been talking about how fed up we are with how weíre living right now. White, bourgeois living with all of the wonderful **** associated with that. Tennis practice after school, student government meetings, you know the drill.

Well, weíre both going to college next year, having each sent in our deposits a few days ago (mine to Whitman College and hers to Oberlin College). Both colleges have options where we can defer both our scholarships and admission for one year.

We have been thinking hard about this, because weíre not sure if we want this college, grad school, career, family, worry about gas prices life. Weíre each intensely sad about not having lived during the sixties when so many people turned on and dropped out, and weíre scared that if we donít do that now, then when can we?

At first our idea was to just say ď**** itĒ to everything we knew and travel the continent Kerouac style in search of interesting souls and ideas and places. Alas, we both feel like this leaves to many connections to our past, still relying on the power of the dollar (our parents dollar, really).

This is long and rambling and not really getting anywhere, so Iíll just get to the point.

We would like to leave the country, work somewhere else, somewhere non-western. Maybe somewhere in S. Asia or S. America. Iím all about living in a small town, working in a pub or general store, or whatever there is. Actually, the most intriguing idea is a dawn till dusk work on a farm somewhere.

I know that there are a lot of ďvolunteerĒ programs out there where we would give them a bunch of money, they would set me up with a host family and a job and Iíd be mainstreamed through someone elseís culture without ever actually having lived it. What Iím writing to all of you is to ask for any ideas. If anybody knows how to go about finding a job in say Nepal or India or Brazil or Bolivia or anywhere at all really. If any of you know a family somewhere willing to take in two young, energetic, American kids who would be more than willing to pay for their lodging in both labor and money and love, then we would really appreciate it.


Also, if you donít have any suggestions, Iíd love to hear your ideas on all of what Iíve just written. These are all very new ideas to me and itíd be nice to hear what others think of them and otherís experience with doing something like this.


Anyway. Thanks.


-Sean
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Old 05-07-05, 09:51 PM   #2
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That's what I'm saying. I want to get away from all of this. I want to go to a completely different country, to work there, to fully integrate myself into a culture completely different than what I'm used to.

But I've no idea how.
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Old 05-07-05, 10:26 PM   #3
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I was thinking that you could teach english in another country. You could join the Peace Corps as an alternative option.

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Old 05-07-05, 10:28 PM   #4
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Some already mentioned the Peacecorps...

Another viable option (and a bit more imaginative) is joining a local Aikido school that's associated with the U.S. Aikido Federation (Yoshimitsu Yamada's orginazation)... once you become a member you can ask your Sensei to write a letter of introduction to any other dojo around the world... they'll let you spend a couple of night roughing it in their dojos while you enjoy the local towns.

Of course... what you do for money is up to your imagination.

I knew a Dutch guy who did this, stayed at NY Aikikai and worked as a mover whenever he was in NYC.
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Old 05-07-05, 11:08 PM   #6
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You could also go off to India and learn real yoga. Then return and teach that type of lifestyle to others.

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Old 05-08-05, 12:56 AM   #7
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Having traveled the world I can say DON"T join the peace corps unless you want to be surrounded by other Americans. It's a program that is run by the US government, which means there are many govt restrictions on what you can and can't do.

As for finding work, I don't think you'll be able to find work easily. The work that is done in third world countries is very difficult. What do you know about rice farming? The time that a farmer takes to teach you is time that he isn't working. It's not cost effective for the farmer.

You might be able to find a program teaching English if that suits you. Keep in mind that most of the world wants to learn, and most text books are, British English. British English uses many different words and grammer structures.

What I've done when I've travelled to the far regions of the world is work my backside off in America for a good six months or so (restauarnt and bar work is good for this), and then hit the road with a wad of cash. Go local, which means local transport, food, and lodging. I managed 2 months in Flores, Indonesia for under $850. And I was spending money like a drunken sailor.

If you have any question PM me. Good luck!
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Old 05-08-05, 04:41 AM   #8
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I have a friend who does missionary work in India or Pakistan or something like that. I could hook you up with him.
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned it...

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned it...

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Because he mentioned volunteer work, or working in one place. Touring involves tooling around, and I don't get the feeling that's what he wants.

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Old 05-08-05, 07:53 AM   #11
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Ck a mag called Tranistions Abroad available at Barnes and Noble stores

Lots of info on getting a teaching certificate to teach English abroad and the courses don't last long, you won't make much money but you will make enuf to sustain yourself

Travel is THE BEST education.
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