The very first time I traveled alone abroad. I went on an adventure to Amsterdam, The Netherlands after finishing my degree and a breakup. There was something really exciting about being completely alone, wandering around this beautiful city and getting spend as much time as I wanted in museums and art galleries and canal-side coffee shops!
What is your favorite travel memory?
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
Working for The TEFL Academy has been incredible for my confidence both as someone who wants to go teach abroad and as a person.
The team is wonderful, and getting to hear the stories of all of our graduates and their experiences abroad, has made me so much more informed on TEFL. I also feel like I have learned so, so much about so many countries and cultures that I may have never had the chance to, first hand from the people living and teaching there!
I also never get nervous on the phone anymore!
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
There are so many stories that have been so inspiring, but one that stands out is Sophie Huggon, who went to Nepal and taught English to the young Buddhist monks there.
There's something so gorgeous about her story and so fun about getting to experience something that we only ever see in a movie and so few people ever actually do!
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
I would choose to go on our Japan internship! Getting the opportunity to move to Japan and teach in one of the available cities, like Osaka for instance, would be so incredible. The city is so gorgeous and to learn about Japanese culture first hand would be amazing. Also the opportunity to go an visit the Studio Ghibli museum would be life-changing as a young screenwriter! Not to mention all the Japanese food!
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
I think The TEFL Academy is special for innumerable reasons, but the passion and care that our team has for what we do is something I've never experienced in a workplace before! Everyone is so happy to go the extra mile for students and for each other.
Our work environment is always light and easy, and we are always so happy to do anything we can for our students and graduates.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
I think when the team cares and is passionate about what they do! Everyone in our office has experience teaching or will be going to teach EFL abroad, and so that personal passion for the work makes the company as a whole much more passionate. Once the team care, everything else falls into place.
Everyone is always happy and willing to put in their time and energy to making sure our students and graduates have a great TEFL experience.