For TEFL teachers in Europe the turn of the year means it's time to start thinking of summer. While schools in parts of Asia stay open year round, contracts here end in May or June, leaving a choice between a few months of baleful unemployment or English lessons, excursions and afternoon sport with teenagers at a summer school. Sometimes, believe me, the dole's a step up.
This year I've applied to Newcastle University. The money's an improvement on the run-of-the-mill residential stuff and I'd be able to commute from home - which beats kipping down the hall from a bunch of randy Spanish fifteen year olds.