Hello! I'm new... :)
This is the start of my journey... I have no idea where it'll lead or what I'm likely to see on the way. The only thing I can say for certain is that I'm looking forward to this adventure immensely!
With Christmas and New Year over, the thought of going back to work was fairly uninspiring! I do enjoy my job as an Business Consultant/IT Trainer in Derbyshire, UK, but after 6 years it's becoming stale and I'm ready for a change of scenery! I'm not ready to settle down or have kids yet, I want to explore and have fun! I heard a quote in a song once "I need life, more than I need a wife"... I like the sound of that!
I do want kids, marriage, pets, all that stuff... Just not for another couple of years!
Anyway, I'm waffling on about nothing! Back to the point. After spending new years day searching Google for "jobs abroad" or "jobs with travel", TEFL kept cropping up. I read page after page, browsed through forums and affiliate websites and decided that this could be for me.
I'm educated with GCSE's, A-Levels and a variety of NVQ's but at the time I decided university wasn't for me and I'd rather start earning money. Since then I've never looked back, I've learnt so much in the 6 years at my job that 3 years studying at university wouldn't have come close to achieving. Being in a consultant/training role, I'm working with different people in different companies in different UK cities every day of the week and teaching seems to come naturally to me.
I hope my lack of degree doesn't hold me back on this journey (I realise in Japan, Korea and some other eastern countries it would pose a problem) but if it does it'll find a way around it and teach elsewhere.
I'd decided I was going to do this and I'd decided I was going to do the 4 week in-class course. (I'm planning to stay in my current job and use annual leave to take this course, this keeps my options well and truly open, however I've not spoken to my boss about this yet so I'll let you know how that pans out soon!!!)
The next step was picking which country and city I wanted to study in. I chose Rome, Italy. I liked the thought of Mexico, Nepal and Vietnam, but the cost of the flights were too high so I looked closer to home. I've never been to Rome, it's hot in the summer and I managed to find a flight from UK to Rome for £120 so I booked it and paid my course deposit. Happy days.
I've now got 6 months (186 days actually!) to clear off some debt, buy some suntan lotion and get excited about my summer in Rome.
Oh... And the small problem of having a months annual leave authorised by my boss, without him sacking me for seeking employment elsewhere!!! Finger crossed! Hehe. ;)