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Arriving in England

Our blogger Alisha has now arrived in England and has got off to a great start. Hear about her experiences and her initial thoughts on her big move. 

I can’t believe I am writing to you from my hotel room in Watford, England! It feels like not too long ago I was making the decision to come over and began hunting for jobs!

Coming over all the way from New Zealand was a very long journey. We decided to stop over in Hong Kong for two nights which was the best decision! Gives you a chance to rest, refresh, get moving and eat properly. Our flights over went pretty smoothly – apart from a few hiccups such as being told the wrong gate and delays, but nothing too serious!

When we arrived we went straight to a hotel at Heathrow airport and then the next day took the bus to a hotel in Watford. We also looked at an apartment on the same day and decided to apply for it. Quick tip: it was quite difficult to get in contact with anybody about setting up a viewing. Only one letting agents took me seriously and the apartment ended up being better in person than on the internet. Don’t give up and just keep trying!

We are now just waiting to hear back from the application. The apartment renting process is much more thorough and strenuous.

My school has been great at keeping me informed and welcoming me into the school. The head teacher has made herself available whenever I needed and has been approachable and supportive. The other staff too have been very helpful and welcoming. I had managed to get a Skpe meeting (set up by the head teacher) with my class before coming over which was very exciting! I was so excited I went and bought New Zealand souvenirs for them the next day! Read about preparing for my Skype interview here

I start my first day on Monday – we have a staff training and then get to meet my students on Tuesday. Words can not describe how excited I am for this week!

Yesterday we headed into London for our Protocol Education inducation day which was a great way to put the faces to the staff emailing us! It also helped us to be prepared for the next week and helped us to understand how being a teacher from Protocol Education would be. The Protocol Education staff also answered any questions we had and helped us set up bank accounts too.

Taking advantage of being in London we also did some shopping for the much needed teaching wardrobe – as we need to “dress for success”!

If anybody is unsure of where to look for their teaching position, I would highly recommend the Watford area. It is about a 20 minute train ride on the express to London. Watford is a smaller town and everything is close by. It still has many amazing shops and cafes. It is a good sized town for those of you (like me) who are coming from a small city on the other side of the world to a big place like England!

We can't wait to hear how Alisha is getting on as the term goes by. 


Tags: Alisha, New-Zealand, London

Category: Australian Teachers


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