Alumni Spotlight: Oliver Delorie


Oliver is a nomadic writer/artist/musician addicted to living, working, traveling and volunteering overseas, speaking other languages, and immersing himself in foreign cultures.

Why did you choose this program?

The Fast-Track Accredited Online TEFL Course seemed like a great way to deepen my understanding of my first language (English) so I can not only communicate more effectively with new friends and acquaintances but also empower those who are interested in English fundamentals with a new awareness of pronunciation, grammar, etc., so they can communicate more effectively.

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

My program provided me with in-person volunteer tutoring opportunities, accommodation, meals, support materials, fun events and games, a cross-cultural experience, a friendly community of both native English speakers and English learners, and an overall enriching and life-changing experience I will always remember.

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

Be patient with yourself. If it's your first time doing something like this, just know that everyone gets nervous and scared and wonders if they'll do a good job or have a good experience. The best thing you can do (in life) is to be open to new nouns (people, places, things, ideas).

Don't let fear stop you. When you're older, you won't regret what you did; you'll regret what you didn't do.

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

Breakfast. Tutoring one-on-one or in group activities. Lunch (as much food as you can eat). Free time to walk, read, write, study, hang-out, go to the shop. More connecting and talking and laughing and enjoying getting to know people who aren't like you...but are (I have friends all over the world). Dinner. Games. Music. Drinks. One week at a time in different locations.

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

My biggest fear was that I didn't know enough English grammar. I still don't, but it didn't stop me from learning and growing and making new friends and eating different food and experiencing life to the fullest.

Traveling around other countries (alone most of the time) is better than any degree or certificate or award. It changes your life forever in more ways than you will ever know.

Go for it! :)

Any last piece of advice?

Pack light.