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Need help deciding on options

Limited money, but want to try relocating for a while
7 years ago, April 30th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #155512  
Hi folks

I'm in need of a little bit of advice, as I'm uncertain of what to do right now.

I've just recently completed my TEFL training course, and I have the chance to join a 5 month internship in China. The problem is, I have little money, and I don't expect to have that much more by the time the internship starts in August. I will probably have $3500 if I'm lucky (leftover after paying for a one-way ticket to Beijing). I will be able to support myself in China with ease, as I will be earning a monthly allowance of $300 per month (which is not much at all, but my accommodation and some meals are all paid for and covered by the school). I estimate that I could probably save at least another $1000 by the end of the internship in December.

Then here's the real issue. After I'm done with my internship, I want to fly straight to England instead of going back home to Australia, and find a place to work and live. I have EU citizenship, so I should be able to legally get a job with little hassle; the problem will be finding a job. I'm having a little trouble deciding; is $4000 enough to try and relocate to England? Obviously I'm going to need to make sure I have enough money to return to Australia if it all goes wrong and I don't find a job. I will need to find a place to live as well, and that might be a challenge. Although if I can live in a hostel dorm (even if its temporary until I find an apartment), I would have no problem with that. My fear is running out of money, without a job, and without being able to return to Australia, but it is my dream to live in the UK independently for a while. It may even be the place I choose to settle down.

I need advice on what to do, and help would be greatly appreciated. What would you do if you only had $4000?

Furthermore, is there anything else I can do that can give me more stability, such as online jobs? I'm not going to be making much in China (that's more for the experience of learning how to teach). I've heard you can get online jobs through odesk or elance, but I don't know how easy it is to land one.

Anyone ever had similar issues?

If you want to learn more about me, in order to know what kind of advice to offer, I can show you one of my posts on Fluentin3Months:

Please and thanks.

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5 years ago, March 1st 2014 No: 2 Msg: #179619  
Well $4000 converts to approx £2385 GBP, spending does depend on where you plan to live eg. London is nearly twice as expensive compared to the North. Based on the Midlands you would be looking at paying around £400 per month for accommodation plus bills (council tax, electric, water and gas) which is probably another £150 per month. Allow for at least £100 for food and entertainment a week. Job wise you are guaranteed minimum wage of £6.50 an hour, bar work is plentiful as is kitchen work. If you want a different experience which pays for your accommodation and food as well as pocket money you could apply to PGL which is like the American summer camps. Reply to this

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