Traveling in Your Host Country For ESL Teachers

Teaching ESL overseas is a challenge. One of the first challenges with teaching abroad is transportation in your host country. Apart from the United States and Canada most countries use public transportation or mass transit to move their population around. If you have a chance to go to New York or Chicago then use those cities' to practice in before you go. Chicago has the elevated trains for commuters as well as regular trains and buses. New York has the subway and share taxis. Theses share taxis typically follow a route and hold from six to twenty people depending on how many they can shove in.

In the Philippines they are called Jeepnease. In Turkey they are called Dolmush. They will usually take you on routes off of the standard transportation routes that buses follow but not always. Many young people will recognize you as a foreigner and want to practice their English conversation skill with you. Some of them learn English online for free and need a native speaker to practice their conversation skills. They will often be very helpful if you need it.

Buses are a common mode of transportation for between cities. Most countries buses are fantastic. Some even have stewards to serve tea and snacks during the journey. The bathroom facilities on public transportation can be pretty bad so go for you go. Also, always have the necessary hygiene products and anti-diarrhea medicine with you at all times. Door knobs, handles and other peoples' hands are a leading way that you will get sick so wash them, wash them and wash them again after traveling. Bus lines will often give you the option of buying a one way or round trip ticket. Always buy the round trip ticket. You may want to take a detour on your trip but at least you have a way home. If buses seats are not sold many times that run will be canceled potentially leaving you stranded.

Taxis are last on the list because of expense and the isolation that they create between you and the local culture. First they are expensive on an ESL teacher's salary. Even if they are affordable, it is very easy to get taken by a driver fwho didnt turn on the meter or took you for a joy ride and wants full fair. This can break your budget in one bad cab ride. However, keep enough money in your pocket to jump in one during a blizzard or other emergency. The second and more important reason to avoid taxis is that it isolates you from the local culture. The other teachers and the students will be on public transportation. Many good relationships were born and new things learned by talking in the line at the station or bus stop. It also shows them that you are not better than they are but one of them.

The only mode of transportation that you do not want to buy local are your footwear. Have at least …

Electric Heater – Protection And Safety

Although electricity is the safest and most convenient fuel in many heating situations, it is of course not without its inherent risks. Although there is no possibility of a silent killer, like carbon monoxide, emitting into the atmosphere, the dangers of faulty wiring and the utilization of electrical equipment in areas where water is present create a different kind of danger.

Modern equipment has, of course, eliminated the risks of injury or death from all kinds of electrical equipment. In the case of electric heaters, this includes the use of synthetic polymers in wiring, which are similar to rubber in their ability to insulate. Also, modern circuit breakers are able to disable a circuit in the case of a short circuit, or overloaded system.

Sadly electric space heaters are still responsible for many accidents and deaths, despite these modern advances. Fire, rather than electrocution, remains the biggest danger. These fires, often caused by malfunctioning elements or careless use of the heater, are liable not only for injuries and deaths every year, they also cause millions of pounds of damage to buildings and property.

The elements of many electric space heaters are not only dangerous if they malfunction, the inherent heat can in itself be a hazard. If the heater is not placed a safe distance away from neighboring furnishings, extremely flammable materials can be set alight, often emitting dangerous gases into the atmosphere. Although rules relating acceptable materials in furnishings have been tightened considering in recent years, many old items remain in circulation.

As well as items of furniture, curtains are a major problem. This is due heaters tend to be placed at the edge of a room, allowing the heat to reach all parts of it. Also, as the area in the vicinity of windows tend to be the coldest part of a room, the heater is often placed in this area, making the risk of overheating curtains a very real possibility.

Paper items are also very much at risk, as well as items of clothing, which are often deliberately placed near to heaters to get rid of cold or damp. Of course it goes without saying that all kinds of flammable liquid must be kept well away from fires and heaters. Still, despite this being obvious, thousands of accidents occur every year because this simple advice is completely ignored.

Water is especially hazardous when using an electric heater. Even though there are never any electrical power points in a modern bathroom, which in itself is testimony to the danger of electricity mixed with water, modern homes are often fitted with a stand-alone electric heater on the wall. In this case it is especially important to make sure that all necessary safety checks are carried out on a regular basis. Of course you should absolutely never bring an extension lead into a bathroom so you can use an electric space heater.

If you are going to use electricity to heat your home, especially if you are going to use …