Alumni Spotlight: Shiela L. Tirador

Shiela L. Tirador is a graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education major in English. She graduated with honor as Cum Laude in her University.

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Why did you choose this program?

Mediakids Academy supported me from the very beginning of my teaching career here in Thailand – through the interview, employment, accommodation, visa extension, Non B visa, and working permit process. They work with one goal in mind, and that is to give the best for their teachers. I was and am still overwhelmed with the assistance they are offering to a foreign teacher like me who chose to work in a foreign land.

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

Mediakids Academy offered me a comfortable way in handling my job interview, documents compilation (opening a bank account, securing our welfare with the insurance), working permit, accommodation, and teaching guide. They held a two-day seminar with free hotel accommodation that helped us acquire all the necessary information needed in staying in Thailand. However, I did the visa extension and Non B visa on my own but of course with the 24-hour assistance of my consultant.

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

Honestly, I didn't wish for anything because I was informed ahead of time on what to expect and what they can offer. I would gladly tell my friends about this program, and that it only wants the best for their teachers and school provider. The program is very transparent; it will openly lay all the necessary information with you for discussion.

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

Thailand has very simple ways of living. An average day or even a week was a bit cozy for me; I live comfortably. I have free accommodation; I live not too far from the school I am working at – just a few minute drive, and 20 baht back and forth is a cheap deal for me. Food is also cheap as there is a wet market in front of my school and convenience stores around the area. Life is easy and simple.

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

Just the thought of living away from home is already scary especially for a first timer like me. You really have to pack a lot of courage to bring with you in this journey. You will experience a lot of changes – from the weather, food, people you meet, places, and even the mode of transportation.

If you’re not open for changes, you better prepare yourself first before leaving. Personally, I think that change is good especially if it’s for the better. Experience will teach you great things. I’ve always believed in the saying, "It is better to try and fail than to never try at all.” I just embraced all the changes, and it made all the difference!

Are you ready for change?

Changes will make you something else. It will make you greater than ever before. I was a public school teacher in the Philippines. I worked in the government, had a stable job for more than six years, but it easily became a day-to-day routine. That was when I thought I needed a change, and I needed to conquer all of my fears and anxieties. It was time for me to step forward and try something new for my career and personal growth, and just as I was least expecting it, Mediakids Academy arrived!