Alumni Spotlight: Han Talbot


Han Talbot is a digital nomad and freelancer. She finally bit the bullet in 2019 and upped from a fixed base in London to pursue her love of travel - and work that created real value.

Why did you choose this program?

As a languages graduate, I was introduced to the TEFL concept while studying. However, the idea of working in a classroom just did not appeal to 21-year-old me. So I put the idea out of my head.

It was only when someone suggests I try teaching online that I decided to go for it. I also chose the programme I did as it could be completed remotely - a handy option for someone who did not live in a city at the time.

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

As an online course, all resources were available online for me aside from the two books that I ordered to my home. All fundamental course material was provided online, as well as extra reading and videos if we wanted it. The tests and assignments were all digital and submitted this too. Nothing had to be sent off and I didn't have to travel for exams.

The only thing I had to sort myself was traveling to and from London for an optional weekend to practice teaching one weekend.

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

I wish I had known how straightforward it was going to be, otherwise, I would have completed this course years ago and got going!

This is perfect for my fellow digital nomads who are looking for a flexible job or an extra something to add to their belt. But anyone should do this! Whether a student looking to make some extra money, a mother looking to work while looking after her children or someone looking to generally just make a difference.

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

I have just completed my course, but my intention is to teach a couple of hours a week alongside my current full-time contract. Then maybe increase my hours depending on how my working week looks in a few months' time.

I would ideally like to teach employees in a business or generally looking to improve their conversational English for a holiday or everyday use.

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

Having lived abroad twice, I would say that my biggest fears were being so far from the people I cared about most. However, that is the beauty of technology. I set up times to speak to my family each week and then my friends when we both could.

I also made sure I threw myself into things that I love to do such as dance, surf and generally exploring the country I am in.

Any other advice?

A TEFL course is a must for anyone looking to try something a little different. I am looking forward to the many adventures that this qualification is going to give me the flexibility to have.

If the 9 to 5, Monday to Friday work week fills you with dread and you want to make a difference to someone, this is for you!