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Alisha has made the decision to come and teach in the UK. In her debut blog, she shares with us how she came to that decision and how the planning has been going so far. 

I was first introduced to the idea of teaching in the UK when my University held a career fair directed towards teachers. If I am honest, I got completely swept up in this idea of walking down the brick roads, looking at the rows of terrace housing with British accents everywhere I turned while walking past a top shop. But then as I started to think about it more and more it began to become much more realistic.

For me the decision was almost a no-brainer. As much as I love New Zealand, I have lived in the small little city of Dunedin (for those of you who don’t know it is in the deep South on the South Island of New Zealand) for the majority of my life, I am ready to spread my wings and go somewhere completely different. I had always had travel plans in my mind for after graduation, but thought I would need to work and save every cent before I could even begin to dream about all the wonderful places I would go!

My parents moved to New Zealand in the 1990’s and I have not grown up with extended family around me. This means I am lucky enough to have Dutch citizenship and therefore do not have to apply for a visa. The chance to visit my family in The Netherlands while being a teacher is probably the most amazing opportunity I could imagine and this was a big reason as to why I decided to go to the UK.

Moving to the UK to take up a teaching position also meant that I had a guaranteed teaching job at the end of my University degree, my ideal job that I worked so hard to get. I can’t wait to start teaching, even if I only have a class for a day or 6 weeks. I have a chance to do what I enjoy the most!

I am also very lucky to have one of the most amazing people coming with me! I have known her for a few years now and have become close with her while at University.  We are travelling together and it is great to have somebody I know coming with me and enjoy this to-be amazing experience with me.

At the moment things are slowly falling into place, we have booked our flights and have talked to Claire, our amazing local Protocol Education consultant. There is still plenty to organise and I am a bit nervous about forgetting something or missing something but everything will eventually fall into place! In the mean time I will keep working on my C.V and keep looking at the breathtaking pictures of Europe and the UK on pinterest when I have a spare moment (I could honestly spend hours imagining all the things I am going to do!)

Stay tuned as I document my journey and experiences to getting to the UK and how it is once I am over there.

The countdown begins – 4 months and 27 days!

Alisha is a teacher from New Zealand who will be making the move to the UK later this year. We welcome her to our blogging team. 


Tags: Alisha, New-Zealand-trained, teacher, move, overseas

Category: Australian Teachers


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