The key to surviving as a stranger in a strange land is the ability to adapt. I believe most people know within six months if this is something they’re built for. More than 75% of the people I know who went to Prague to teach English had washed out within that time period, the rest were gone for good by the end of the year. The reasons vary, from homesickness to job opportunities to a loved one left behind. Distance is a powerful force on the psyche, similar to the effects of gravity. Imagine, for a moment, the plight of refugees forced from their homes and homeland, unable to return, and imagine the chasm between dreams and reality.