I am fortunate to be able to say that I have managed to do a lot of travelling throughout my life thus far. I am always taking off on a new adventures and living & working in different countries but the older I get, the more I ask myself how long I can keep this up? After one long spell away I told myself that I should go back to the UK, focus on a career, money and buying a house however, now that I have been in the UK for a couple of years I can never seem to focus on any of those kind of things and I spend a lot of my time planning other trips and fantasizing about getting out of England. I have been searching for some thing that will allow me to be able to get set up in life, travel and help make a difference. Over the last five years the idea of TEFL has crossed my mind many times. TEFL will allow me to do all the things I believe I need to do without having to keep coming back to the UK. I have tried all kinds of jobs and one thing I know for certain is that I never want to work in an office again! I now don’t care about how much money I make, who wears what or any nasty office politics – it’s the simple life for me.
All the signs seem to be pointing in the right direction; it’s just taken me a while to actually read them. After I took the plunge and completed the TEFL course I started to apply for jobs immediately. The fear I once had has now turned into complete excitement and a certain belief that this is the path I should be on. I applied for many TEFL jobs and I waited eagerly for a response. I remember applying for the SE job late one night. I got a response the following morning and set up a SKYPE chat for that very afternoon. I instantly clicked with Peter and I felt as though I had known him forever. I didn’t feel nervous and it didn’t feel like an interview, we had a bit of banter and he got to the point. I was offered the role. I did hesitate at the beginning as all the other jobs I had applied for started to respond. I was offered another 7 roles in various countries, all offering good money, benefits, paid holidays and my flights. I was faced with a difficult decision, but having called them all I noticed that none of the others came close to giving me the warm feeling that I had with Peter.
This is my first teaching job and hopefully it will be my new career. I really want to learn as much as I possibly can and be as creative as I can. I didn’t get the impression that the other schools were particularly keen to assist me in this way. No one seemed interested in me or my lack of experience and I felt that there was little or no support. I really didn’t want to take some thing just because it was good money. I was looking for some thing that would allow me to be happy and comfortable in this my first teaching post.
One of the first things Peter advised me to do on arrival is to take a few days to get settled. Thereafter will be given three days training and the opportunity to watch others teach before I fly solo. I was honest with Peter; I explained that I was nervous, had no previous experience and that I had only recently passed my TEFL course. Peter reassured me by making me feel calm, confident and positive. I gave myself a day to think about it and the only thing on my mind was Super English. I had a warm feeling and just knew it was for me.
I know I have made the right decision. I get regular updates from Peter. I have been emailing a few of the other new Super English teachers and already I feel part of the family. I am thrilled to discover that we are all of a similar age with similar interests. I am so looking forward to being surrounded by like minded people and to learning new skills and techniques along the way. It is my intention to be creative in the classroom to help the children learn in a way that I know can be fun.
I want to use the opportunity to learn more about Buddhism, the Thai language and their culture, meet new people and most importantly making a difference to the children. Five weeks to go – nervous – oh yes. Excited – definitely!