I think I have one of the most important jobs in the world. I didn't realize it at the time, because I took it as a temporary job until, what I thought, a real or permanent job came along. I was an accountant, so I was looking for something along that line. I know when I was in college, people thought in terms of preparing for jobs as a lawyer, doctor, teacher, engineer, or businessman.
But the problem in the world today is that there's so much violence, and it seems to be never-ending. And I believe the basic reason for this is a lack of communication and an understanding of the different cultures that exist around the world. And the basic reason for this is that there are so many different languages spoken in the world. If we all could speak one language, I think things could be a lot easier to deal with.
Now English is accepted as being the International Language of the world, and at the moment I'm teaching English in Argentina, and have been doing so for about 20 years. I became involved in this profession down here accidentally because I married an Argentine woman in New York who became lonely up there for her family so we moved down here. I thought this work would only be temporary, as I mentioned above, but eventually I realized that this job was really one of the most important jobs one could ever do. They would learn about your culture and you would learn about theirs. And they would get to know you as a person from a country that many foreigners think is the biggest bully in the world, and it could change their minds regarding this in realizing that there are many good Americans as well.
Now if you really want to see the world cheaply, and to get to understand other cultures and make a real, but maybe small, contribution in bringing peace to the world, become an English teacher in the foreign country of your choice. I know some who travel around the world this way by earning a little money in teaching English in one country before traceling to the next, and the next, and the next. On the other hand, one of my friends who taught English in Argentina moved to China under a 3 year contract to teach English there. So if you want to prepare for a career that will really make a difference in the world, you could become an English teacher for the foreign born in a foreign country.
AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH
I was born in New York City in 1931, grew up on Long Island, graduated from Roanoke College in Virginia with a BA in Political Science, and from New York Theological Seminary with a Masters in Religious Education. I became a committed Christian in 1958, and after a number of years became a committed Ecumenical Christian. I worked as an accountant in various companies for about 25 years in New York City, then moved down to Argentina and worked for about 21 years as a Business English Conversationalist Teacher with some of the top managers. My greatest positive life-changing experience occurred in the early 70's when I became very active for about 3 years in a social nudist (both sexes) camp. I also became a Stephen Minister (trained counselor) while down here in Argentina. I have been married twice (the last to an Argentine), widowed once, have no children, but one cat. If you want to contact me, you can do this via (firstname.lastname@example.org).