Where’s that ginger one?

by Poi on October 3, 2011

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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.

Teaching English in Thailand

Not sure she’ll do any of this in the UK?

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!


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Dyanne@TravelnLass October 4, 2011 at 2:59 am

Hmmm… wouldn’t it be easier (and not much more expensive than a rt. air ticket) to just do a month-long CELTA course in Thailand? CELTA is the gold standard for teaching EFL the world over, and includes the requisite face-time teaching experience.

I believe with a CELTA in her pocket, Kirsty could easily get a good paying job teaching English most anywhere on the globe, no?


Poi October 4, 2011 at 8:38 am

The thing is she doesn’t necessarily just want to teach English, we plan on living back in the UK for a while at some point in our lives and she would like to carry on then, not just as an ESL teacher but in normal schools.

The same goes when travelling, she would be more looking to work in international schools where the curriculum is based on that from the UK/US and taught in English not ESL.


Amanda October 5, 2011 at 5:58 am

If Kirsty ever wants to teach back in the UK (like you have suggested she might someday), then this seems like a really good idea for her! Sure, it might mean moving back to England while she goes to school, but it will definitely set you both up for the future.


Kirsty October 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm

And I get to come here on holiday and Poi doesn’t 😛


Kevin October 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Wait, she needs teaching experience before she can study teaching??? I hope med school is run differently. 😉 How long is the program? When I got my license in the States I had to do about 1.5 years of courses (returning years after my BA) including a semester of student teaching (paying tuition to work full-time – nice!). It is also a chore to keep that license which expires every 5 years here in Wisconsin. Mine’s long since expired.


Poi October 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

The course she’s looking at doing is a year of studying followed by a year teaching (like any other teacher in a fully paid position) but being observed on a regular basis after which she will become qualified.

Without Kirsty here to tell me I’m not sure about licenses but I haven;t heard anything about them expiring???


Kirsty October 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm

No they don’t expire like they do in America in England, once you are a fully qualified teacher you’ll always be one although if you havent taught for like 20 years I am not sure who would employ you 🙂


Lindsay October 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Congrats, Kirsty! This is going to open so many doors for you! You’ll be able to teach at international schools!!! Woohoo! That’s really, really super, and I’m so happy for you both!


Kirsty October 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Thanks Lindsay – I’m getting excited now 🙂


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