Staff Spotlight: Paola

Placement Support


Paola works within the placement support department at The Fewer Things, helping applicants navigate through the placement process.

What is your favorite travel memory?

During a semester break in Thailand, I travelled down to the infamous Phi Phi Islands and got to see the wonderful sights, it was the first time I really got a chance to do some solo travelling away from my teaching role in Chaiyaphum.

Seeing all of the wonderful islands was truly one of the most amazing times in my life.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working for a young company, differs from the regular 9 to 5 life, and has allowed me to adapt in many ways whilst helping out others start their new journey in Asia. I am learning some new every day about myself and learning how to help others more efficiently too!

Support from the rest of the team here is really invaluable.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

There are so many!

The best part is hearing stories from the applicants who may have been very nervous about embarking on their new adventure and seeing how they have grown to be confident and are thoroughly glad that they took the leap to teach abroad. This has felt even more special through the pandemic, as anxiety levels were heightened.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I am very biased towards Thailand, as I had such a wonderful experience there. I took the journey with an open mind, not knowing if teaching was even for me. So, the short placement lengths make it very appealing for others who are just looking to test the waters. There are many public schools we work with in Thailand, and there is something to suit everyone!

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Definitely the personal approach. All of the programmes have group chats with all of the applicants for each programme. It is really nice to see the applicants getting to know each other before they even embark on their journey. There have now been many "meet-ups" organised by applicants in their home country before going abroad.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Particularly for a teach abroad provider such as The Fewer Things: honesty, transparency, and providing the best possible support to each applicant. The drive the team has here at The Fewer Things to really help people is inspiring and it is clear to see it is has a huge effect on every applicant who signs up with us.