Alumni Spotlight: Paula Green

A passionate traveller and blossoming teacher hoping to get a lot more globetrotting experience under my belt.

Paula is an aspiring world trotter and connoisseur of the finer kebabs in life.

Why did you choose this program?

Teaching ESL

I thought this program would give me the best chance to be my own boss and manage my time. Since the uni schedule and other activities were quite demanding of my time, the offer to take on private students and be rather flexible was very appealing.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I got help with setting up my profile and arranging the first meeting with students. Once they also contacted a student on my behalf. I was in charge of keeping my schedule updated and everything that had to do with actual teaching.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Teaching private students is great in general but a few of them can be rather unreliable and flakey. So be sure to not make everything dependent on your students.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Whatever you want it to look like! Essentially, it's all up to you. You can go about your day (or week) as you would normally and then simply choose to teach more or fewer students. It was the flexibility that first drew me into this type of business.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fears had more to do with moving to Berlin and starting my year abroad in general. I guess it's not anything out of the ordinary - just living away from home and in a big city with a foreign language, not knowing if you'd meet anybody you'd like as a friend.

Luckily, all of my worries proved baseless.

Given the chance, would you do it again?

In a heartbeat! This was the best way to combine studying with making money and I got to utilize all of the skills that I'm trying to improve on in uni. So, for me at least, it was the best combination.