Is Online English Teaching The New Global Gig?

“H-E-L-L-O! Let’s learn the days of the week together! Today is T-H-U-R-S-D-AY”. If you are saying this, you are likely one of thousands of English speakers earning a crust during this pandemic. With hourly rates of up to £40, this gig is becoming popular.

The worldwide demand for learning the English language is growing exponentially especially throughout the coronavirus crisis. The need for native English speakers to teach has risen 80% since March. This comes as no surprise considering school closures and loss of employment for many across the world.

The path to gain access to this mushrooming market is well trodden, but still a secret. With just a stable internet connection, a knowledge of the English language and a TEFL, you could be on the way to financial freedom from the comfort of your own home.

The first step to get into the online teaching world is to take a course in how to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) which you can study at home. Many companies offer this qualification and a quick internet search will open your eyes to what’s available.

Finding a job afterwards as a virtual tutor is pretty easy too – especially as a native English speaker. With the worldwide demand for English teachers online, you won’t be short of opportunities. Some of the larger job platforms such as DADA and iTutor regularly recruit newly certified teachers, but there are hundreds of other companies.

According to PremierTEFL – one of Europe’s largest trainers of teachers of TEFL there has been a 95% increase in students taking a course in how to teach English who want to work from home. Rosie Mansfield, MD states that the change of career direction from many people since the start of the Pandemic has been understandable. She says “ Dozens of online language learning platforms are hiring up to 1000 new teachers monthly to keep up with student demand and new teachers can earn anything from $10-30 an hour” According to Mansfield, “Many students want to learn conversational English therefore online teaching is much easier than people fear.

Could this be the start of the largest gig economy of all? At the current rate, very probably”.

Valentine’s Day Ideas

Coming up for great ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day can always be tricky. You want to find something that is the perfect way to show your partner how much you love them whilst having a great time. This is particularly true when you find that all the good restaurants are booked, and their prices have been raised just for Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ideas you can investigate for your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Go for A Hike Together

Go for A Hike Together

Even if it is cold where you are, then it can still be a great time to go for a hike or a walk together. You can get away from everyone and spend some time out enjoying the scenic beauty of nature and enjoying nothing but your partner’s company. It doesn’t have to be a particularly strenuous walk; it can be just a ramble around a nearby beauty spot or place of interest. Spending time together, out in the fresh air, with no one else around can be a great way to spend your day.

Signup for a Dance Class Together

If you want to try a date night with a difference, then why not try a romantic dance class together. This could be ballroom dancing or maybe even a sexy salsa class. The idea is to try and have fun together and do something different. Swaying to the rhythms together and holding each other close is a fantastic way to show your partner how much you care about them and is something that can be easily booked in advance. It can be coupled with dinner or other night out as well so that you can make the most of the good mood you have created.

Make A Scrapbook of Your Relationship

If you are the sentimental type and have kept a lot of souvenirs from your time together then you can use them to create a perfect romantic scrapbook of your relationship. You can include pictures of you together, along with the tickets from the first date at the cinema you had together. You could include the receipt from your first meal together or other collectables that you have picked up along the way. Just make sure to keep a few extra blank pages at the end of the scrapbook for your future together.

Take A Class Together

How about you do something creative together like take a pottery class. This will let you get your hands dirty together and have the perfect ‘Ghost’ moment. Not only will you have a fun and romantic time at the class, then whatever you produce you will have as a keepsake of your date together. If pottery is not your thing, then try an art class, like painting or drawing. You could even go for a life drawing class together and really spice things up for the both of you.

Bake Something Delicious

If you both have a passion for cooking, then how about having a mini bake-off content in your own home. This is a great way to mix things up at home and make a mess whilst having a great time in the kitchen. What’s best is that you can then serve whatever you have made for dessert on your romantic meal. Just remember that the rules are that the loser of the bake-off must clean up all the mess you have made from cooking. So, if you end up in a flour fight then make sure you win the bake-off.

Have a Romantic Game Night

If you don’t want to spend Valentine’s Day as just the two of you and have some other couples that you want to invite over then why not host a Valentines games night. There are some fantastic games that you can play with other couples. Just make sure that you play the games with a side of drinks and the night will go with a swing. Games such as Cards Against Humanity or Exploding Kittens always work well and deliver laughs and fun that makes any games night a huge success. You can even find some romantic games to play like how well you know your partner.

 

All You Need To Know About Street Drugs

The term “street drugs” refers to controlled substances sold illegally and used for its mood-altering, stimulant, or sedative effects. Many different drugs fall into this category. They vary in substance, shape, color, chemical properties, and effects.

Drug users expose themselves to many risks, including addiction, overdose, and death. Street drugs are very dangerous because a user can never know what is mixed into the drug he/she buys. It’s also very risky to use drugs in combination with other substances, such as alcohol or marijuana.

Though everyone knows that drugs are bad, people often think that they will only try it once to satisfy their interest, relax, cope with stressful emotions, or any other reason. Such a naïve and reckless decision has put millions of people on the road of abuse. They often end up developing addiction and becoming unable to cope with this problem on their own. Rehab for men: men-only addiction treatment centers  as well as  only for women offer treatment services for this disease.

Here’s a list of the most popular street drugs and the hazardous effects they can have on the physical and mental health of users.

Marijuana

Cannabis is the most prevalent illicit substance in the U.S. Most users smoke or vape weed, but edibles are also available.  Men are  more likely to smoke marijuana every day than women. So, male addiction often requires an individual approach to treatment.

Street names: Blunt, Joint, Buds, Nuggets, Pot, Dope, Ganja, Herb, Blaze, Hay, Hash, and Hemp.

Drug class: Cannabis can act as a stimulant, depressant, and hallucinogen.

The effects: Some report relaxation and drowsiness, while others feel bursts of energy and happiness.

The Side Effects: respiratory problems, high heart rate, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts.

Spice

This drug consists of dried plant material which is sprayed with synthetic chemicals. Users mostly smoke it, and some make a tea-like drink.

Street names: K2, Fake Weed, Skunk, Blaze, Black Mamba, Genie, Smacked, and Yucatan Fire.

Drug class: Synthetic cannabinoid.

The effects: Spice creates the same effects as cannabis, but much more intense.

The side-effects: high heart rate, sweating, vomiting, seizures, uncontrollable body movements, heart attack (rarely), severe anxiety, paranoid thinking, and hallucinations.

Cocaine

Users snort this drug or inject it. Cocaine can also be processed to create crack the can be smoked.

Street names: Coke, Blow, Rock, Sniff, Nose candy, White, Snow, Toot, Line, Dust, Flake.

Drug class: Stimulant.

The effects: a feeling of exhilaration, euphoria, hyperactivity, self-confidence.

The side-effects: Snorting cocaine causes the loss of sense of smell and taste, sneezing, sniffling, a congested nose, congestion of the chest, nasal pain, nosebleeds, sore throats. More dangerous effects include convulsions, seizures, and hallucinations.

Ecstasy

This drug comes in a pill or powder form. Users snort or inject it.

Street names: MDMA, Molly, and Candy.

Drug class: acts as a stimulant and a hallucinogen.

The effects: a boost in energy, a sense of intense wellbeing, and a false sense of affection.

The side-effects: nausea, muscle cramping, blurred vision, chills or hot flashes, sweating, involuntary teeth clenching, disorganized thinking, sleep problems, anxiety.

Heroin

Heroin comes as a white or brown powder, or a black and sticky substance called “black tar heroin.” It can be injected, snorted, sniffed and smoked.

Street names:  Dope, Smack, H, Junk, China White, Horse, White Horse, Smack, Skag.

Drug class: Opioid. More women than men receive emergency treatment for opioid abuse and addiction. Men-only rehab programs were elaborated to increase the rates of men who get treatment.

The effects: a rush of euphoria.

The side effects: collapsed veins, sores or scabs on the skin, gastrointestinal issues, kidney disease, depressed respiration (shallow breathing), slower mental functioning, risk of catching HIV and hepatitis C, overdose and death.

LSD

LSD is sold on the streets in small tablets (“microdots”), capsules, and gelatin squares (“window panes”).

Street names: Acid, Battery Acid, Cid, Doses, Golden Dragon, Superman, California Sunshine, Hippie.

Drug class: Hallucinogen.

The effects: increased feelings of closeness and trust in others, enhanced emotional empathy.

The side effects: high heart rate and blood pressure, extreme sweating, dry mouth, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping, seizures, tremors, altered thoughts, feelings, and awareness of one’s surroundings (hallucinations or “trips”), rapid and intense mood swings.

Methamphetamines

Meth is sold in a white powder form and can be swallowed, smoked, snorted, or injected.

Street names: Crystal, Chalk, Crank, Blue, and Ice.

Drug class: Stimulant.

The effects: an increased sense of awareness and a rush of energy.

The side effects: fast heart rate, increased blood pressure, high body temperature, extreme weight loss, skin infections, dental illnesses, the risk of getting HIV or hepatitis (in case of sharing needles), insomnia, anxiety, delusions, and paranoid thinking.

Flakka

This man-made drug looks like household bath salts. Users eat, snort, inject, or vaporize it.

Street name: Gravel

Drug class: Stimulant

The effects: euphoric sensations, improved strength and endurance.

The side effects: fast heart rate, kidney damage or failure, heart attack (rare), agitation, paranoia, and hallucinations that could result in violent aggression, self-injury, and suicide.

Salvia

This is a herb from the mint family. Users chew or vape the leaves.

Street names: Sally-D, Magic Mint, Maria Pastora, and Sage of the Series.

Drug class: Hallucinogen.

The effects: intense but short-lived high.

The side effects: Salvia has neurological, gastrointestinal, and cardiovascular effects.

Bath Salts

These designer drug is comparatively new, but they are quite popular. It looks like a crystalline powder that users inhale, swallow, or inject.

Street names: Fake Cocaine, Bloom, Cloud Nine, Scarface, Cosmic Blast, Ivory Wave, Vanilla Sky, Lunar Wave, and White Lightning.

Drug class: synthetic stimulant.

The effects: the feeling of extreme wellbeing.

The side-effects: racing heart, high blood pressure, chest pain; agitation, violence, paranoia, psychosis, hallucinations, panic attacks, and kidney failure.

Street drugs’ effects are similar to a tornado in the brain that causes emotional and chemical chaos. Often, going to a men-only rehabilitation center is the only way to battle addiction. Research shows that the combination of medicines with behavioral therapy guarantees the best chance of success. So, if you or someone you know are/is suffering from substance use disorder, find men drug rehab facilities in your area.

Common Problems With Student Accommodation – And How to Fix Them

Living away from home when you’re at college can be exciting, but unfortunately, most students end up living in cheap accommodation that can be fraught with problems. In this article, we’ll take a look at the most common student accommodation issues and how to fix them.

Dampness and Mold

Dampness is a common problem in older homes, and once it’s taken hold of a building it can be really difficult to get rid of. Dampness can also cause a whole host of nasty health problems and upper respiratory tract symptoms, so it’s best to deal with the problem sooner rather than later.

If you notice that your home has damp issues, try your best to ventilate your home and reduce moisture build-up. You should also check out your crawl space if you have one. Badly sealed crawl spaces without adequate vapor barriers can often cause a damp feeling home, so it may be worth contacting a company like Bay Crawl Space to complete a crawl space encapsulation.

Poor Insulation

If you’re living on the east coast, you might find that your house is too drafty for the colder months, and this can be a big problem for cash strapped students. Running heaters for long hours can cost a lot of money, so it’s a good idea to try and improve your insulation. Talk to your landlord about the situation and they may be able to help you with the issue. You may need to insulate your attic or crawl space, to ensure that heat isn’t being lost. Double glazing can also help but, again, this can be expensive and you don’t want to be out of pocket, so speak to your landlord.

Mice

Mice can also be a really big problem. They tend to take up residence in older houses and apartments and can cause a lot of damage and spread pathogens. Signs that you might have mice in your home include hearing a scuffling sound and experiencing faulty electrical wiring. Pests like this are usually your landlord’s responsibility to deal with, so call them out first. If your landlord is unwilling to help, you might be able to deal with the problem yourself using mouse traps or poison, but make sure to check the local laws first to make sure you deal with the problem legally.

Noisy neighbors

When you’re a student, it’s important to get sufficient sleep at night so that you’re well-rested and ready to study. If neighbors are keeping you up all night and stopping you from getting your beauty sleep, it’s a big problem. Your first port of call should be to speak to them and politely let them know the problem and ask them to keep it down. If that fails, contact your landlord and let them know. If your neighbor is renting their property, you may even be able to contact their landlord to register your complaint. A harsh word from their landlord should put a stop to any louder late-night parties.

Best Tips For College Students Not To Get Into Bad Habits World

Acquiring a bad habit by a student is a process that always takes time, but the reasons for it differ depending on the individual. Some people learn how to get rid of their bad habits only after becoming addicted to them. Some people, instead, develop a bad habit of acquiring it. Those who begin to develop a bad habit from a first experience are likely to have less bad habits in the future. The habit of acquiring is an acquired habit, so for any person, it can take time (at least one month) before any effects are felt. Also, many of the factors that determine how long it takes a habit to be gone are not determined by genetics or hormones. In addition to a period before a bad habit takes root, it is also possible to assess whether you have a negative habit that is starting to develop. Bad habits are usually formed in the course of time.

How Do College Students Get Into Bad Habits World?

Drinking, smoking, or using drugs can start at the end of eighth grade, or earlier, or in the same place, you are in freshman year. It is a bad habit, not a bad disease. Therefore, if you’re in the same place at that point in college, odds are your problem will keep getting worse.

To tell the truth, many of students have stepped into bad habits world far before they have stepped the territory of the college. Such people, if they do not ‘cure’ themselves are the first possible threat for those, who are afraid of getting into bad habits world. They may try to force you to do the same things they do. If you are immature and lack self-esteem, you are an easy goal for a bad habit. Complexes in terms of psychoanalysis that you have might push you to follow the ‘bad guys’, because they are popular.

The second threat is the fashion. Today drugs are sold in almost every city. The number of people smoking grows. The production of alcohol speeds up. People want to follow the trend to get jollies out of their activities. It brings us to the Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, where he describes how humanity is dying from pleasures.

It might also happen that you have (for some reason) tried the ‘bad habit’ and now you cannot get rid of it, but consciously you know it is harmful, and you should stop doing that because of health conditions or because you are alive to the importance of the matter.

What Is The Solution Not To Be Caught On The Hook?

  1. You have to learn to say ‘No.’ and to establish your personal boundaries. In a case, you want to look like they and, for instance, vape, what is highly popular today, you can use nicotine-free vape. This would allow you to swim with the tide, but not to harm your health and avoid addiction.
  2. Nicotine. Cannabis. Spirit. They are not our friends. If you want to look fashionable with a new e-cig, do not put marijuana in it. It is better to buy a nicotine-free vape pen. You should think of the consequences of your habit and list the possible outcomes. Then analyze them and think, what you would like to face and what you do not.
  3. Once your mind is set that it wants to change habits, and if you stick with them, the benefits come flooding in. Depending on the type of a ‘bad habit’, the solution differs. Firstly, is it is alcohol, and you like the taste of wine or flavored cocktails, try to find a similar taste in other food or drinks. You might also use the outside motivation by, for example, paying money for a gym and, going there, you would know that alcohol would spoil your result. Secondly, if it is nicotine, better change cigarettes to flavored vapes and then move to vape without nicotine. Thirdly, if it is some drug, it is better to consult the doctor, because the influence of simple cannabis is huge on our consciousness and you can hardly change
    this.

However, if you would find the way to limit the use of the substance, with time, your brain would stop asking for the substance and you would be free of the habit.

The habit grows, if we do well in it, not the other way round. The first act of selfless action is in turning over to the soul of a new habit, and thus you keep the old one. The first act of the new habit is the actual choice, as it were, of what is suitable to yourself when you need it. It is the first act of selfless activity. So in the case of your bad habits, you first need to turn those over to the soul of that old habit, and when you have done that you should try to keep that one for your daily life.