2 August 2012
In June 2011 I finished my TEFL course (which was excellent) and three days later I had acquired my first teaching job. It really was as easy as that.I taught one-to-one for three months during the summer in the UK, I visited host family homes and taught in the comfort of people's living rooms.
The best part: I left Starbucks and my six pounds an hour job and I taught for three hours a day for twenty pounds an hour. I couldn't quite believe it.When the summer ended, unfortunately so did my job, and I went back to university to complete my final year. I graduated in June and two weeks later I flew to Finland to begin my new career.
I have been teaching at a Finnish summer camp now for two weeks and I am half through my experience. I cannot begin to explain how much I love this job: I live right by a huge lake, I can go rowing, swimming, and cycling (all for free) whenever I like. My days start at 8.45am and finish at 1.30pm.
My office is a jetty and I plan my lessons with the other English teachers down at the lake, watching the sunset. It doesn't get dark here very much so at first it was hard to adjust, but now, I already feel like this is a home away from home and I will be sad to leave.
This is the only job I have ever truly loved! I was extremely nervous when I first arrived here as the idea of standing in front of a group of children terrified me. It has only been two weeks but now I cannot wait to get back into the classroom each day.
If you're thinking of doing TEFL but are a little apprehensive about the whole process, don't be! It will be the best thing you have ever done. I am now confident that I can fulfill my ambition to travel the world and it is all because of TEFL. I am looking for my next TEFL adventure and I am hoping to secure a longer term contract so as that I can really get some good experience.
I also hope to start learning Spanish so I think South America will be my main focus.
Watch this space!