Hi, I’m Kirsty and I’m from Edinburgh. I’ve been teaching English for 10 years and have taught in a range of locations including Peru, Bolivia and Scotland! I originally chose to go into TEFL because I wanted to earn some money whilst backpacking around Central and South America- I saw TEFL as a gateway to the world and indeed it was!
My first teaching job was in Bolivia; I worked in a small language school and did some 1:1 teaching for six months. I loved it, though with no training I felt a little out of my depth, so I decided to return to the UK and do a one month TEFL course to brush up on my teaching knowledge and skills.
After Bolivia, I ended up in Peru… for six years! Shortly after starting working in a university, I knew this job was for me; I loved the variety- no day was the same and I taught a range of classes including: Business English, exam classes, 1:1 and general English. I also taught young children over summer, and though tiring, I found it really fun and rewarding.
I returned to the UK in 2011 and have been involved in English Language teaching in a range of different roles, including 1:1 teaching, English Speaking and Writing Examiner for an international examination authority and Director of Studies for a summer school. For the last three years I have been tutoring and coordinating ESOL services for various local authorities. I manage a small team of teachers and volunteers and work with students from all over the world. I’ve been able to gain a real insight into different cultures and languages from round the globe. I love being able to give people the skills and confidence to communicate in daily life and engage with others in the local community.