|My assignment at PSE ends on June 10th so I have started to work on my continuing plans in earnest---something that has distracted me from making the usual blog posts over the previous 10 days. I have started to apply for English teaching positions in Korea and China and at this point have had one skype interview for a placement in Daegu, Korea. All of the positions I've applied for are paid positions with a one year contract.
I have also applied for the US Peace Corps which has a very competitive selection process and which would be a 27-month commitment were I to be chosen. The initial application packet is quite extensive and even requires two essays. The instructions said that it takes an average of 8 hours to complete the packet and that proved pretty accurate. It probably even took me a little longer.
At this point I'm planning on traveling in Asia for up to two months after my time in Cambodia ends. I will start with Vietnam since it is right next door, but I have no detailed plans after that. I do not intend on using an organized tour as I did in Africa. I feel relatively safe traveling independently here and the transportation network is certainly better developed. My travel plans could change, however, if a job opportunity came along requiring it.
If I were to obtain a job I would try to come home for a month or so before starting. If I do not find a position, I will probably look for a volunteer project in South America (preferably in Argentina, Chile or Peru) after my travels in Asia end. Similarly, I would try to come home before starting a new assignment.
In the short term I have some fun things planned. On May 11th I fly to Bangkok for the weekend. It's a city I've always wanted to visit but my trip is also one of necessity. My Cambodian visa expires on May 18th and cannot be renewed unless I leave the country. Supposedly a weekend trip to Thailand is sufficient for having the visa renewed when I return.
Finally, on May 16th my very good friend Ron will arrive in Phnom Penh for a four-day visit. He's currently in China on business and will make a detour to Cambodia before returning home. I an thrilled to have the opportunity to visit with him and to show him around my current "digs."