Like all our great plans on this trip, the latest was thought of, debated and put in to action within about a week. This one, which has left me home alone, is perhaps the biggest and most complicated yet.
A couple of days ago Kirsty rushed home from work grabbed her bag and set off to the airport.
Her destination? Sunny England! For once I’m not joking either, this weekend has broken heat records! I’m sure if you know any British people they’ve already told you about it a dozen times.
But why would she ditch sunny Thailand for sunny England? Well, remember a few weeks ago, Kirsty had a rare go at writing a post and told you about her experiences as a first time English teacher in Thailand. She mentioned how she was enjoying it so much she was considering becoming fully qualified. It turns out by considering what she really meant was ‘definitely going to’.
After contacting a few universities about teaching courses it was clear that despite her year teaching in Thailand she would have to have at least two weeks experience in a UK based school. Her experience in Thailand will ‘strongly support’ her application but the UK experience is mandatory.
The application process for next years courses begins this November and the teaching experience must be completed before then. Despite seeming a near impossible task to get a school to let her volunteer on such short notice she, of course, found a way. Luckily for Kirsty one of her relatives is the former head mistress and was able to pull a few strings and get her a placement in a very good primary school for the first two weeks of October.
So despite having to call off our plans for the next two weeks, Kirsty will return in time for our planned trip to Chiang Mai and with the experience she needs to start applying for teaching courses next year.
So what does this mean in the long term? Well, we might be going back to England for a year or two if her application is successful instead of the six odd weeks we had planned before. The idea being once she is fully qualified we can set off around the world as we please and hopefully find decent, well paid teaching positions.
That’s a lot of if’s I know but like everything in our lives we will be sharing it all here! Let’s see what happens!