Chicago, IL, January 24, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- In union with the millions around the globe, TEFL Institute
has pledged to support the relief effort in Haiti.
Those devastated by the earthquake on January 12, 2010 have a long road to recovery. They encourage everyone who can to donate and offer whatever assistance possible to alleviate the pain and suffering of the Haitian citizens.
TEFL Institute’s employees have all lived, worked, studied and traveled extensively around the world. Their staff has strong commitments to international service and education. In addition, thousands of TEFL Institute graduates live and work in various corners of the world. Many have made homes and lives with the less fortunate.
The natural disaster has caused terrible sadness but there is also the chance to rise up again. Haiti is sure to rebound from this difficult chapter in its history. Aid from all over the world is coming in and the once beautiful palace, Parliament and city of Port-au-Prince will stand tall once again.
It will take time but the people of Haiti are resilient. The international community has a responsibility to help and support the country, in any way possible. With everyone lending a hand, Haiti will undergo a kind of rebirth and will be even stronger in the future.
Haiti serves as an important lesson for English teachers working overseas, as well as for volunteers away from home. Disasters can strike at any time but being prepared can make all the difference. If you are planning on teaching or volunteering overseas, make sure you have a "crisis reaction plan." This includes being prepared in the following areas and being knowledgeable with answers to the following questions:
-Where your country's consulate/embassy is located
-Having someone to stay with if your own home becomes unsafe to inhabit
-Knowing where the airport or nearest transportation is located in the event of an evacuation
-Having a system in place to get a hold of your family or loved ones if traditional communication lines break down
-Knowing where the nearest hospital or relief station is located
These are just a few things to consider when residing in a foreign country. Traveling throughout the world and seeing far-off lands is a special thing that is more enjoyable when you are being thoughtful, attentive and aware of what to do in the event of an emergency.
TEFL Institute has helped thousands of people travel the world and complete teaching certifications. The goal of our graduates is to work abroad as professional English language instructors. After achieving their TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification, they are free to go anywhere and land the position of their dreams.
TEFL Institute, a Chicago, Illinois based company provides the standard 120 Hour TEFL certification course. Enrollees have the option of taking the course online or going overseas and taking condensed international classes, available on five continents. TEFL Institute is proud to graduate more than 1,500 students a year.
Not only does TEFL Institute offer the tools to become an English teacher working abroad, but we also advise and instruct on what to expect when you arrive in the country of your choosing.
TEFL Institute graduates go on to amazing experiences both teaching and living in locations outside their home country.
In the aftermath of the Haiti tragedy, the local citizens will need massive amounts of food, medical supplies and materials for shelter in order to survive. But the island nation’s need for material and financial assistance will go on long after the television crews go home and the earthquake fades from the front pages.
Please join TEFL Institute staff, students and alumni by donating to the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.