Yup, I think the title gives most of it away… it’s all coming to an end. However, it’s not for the usual reasons, we haven’t run out of money, we’re not splitting up and we’re most definitely not bored of travelling or living abroad.
Can you remember back in October Kirsty left me and jetted off back to England for a month? Well the purpose of her trip was to gain the experience she needed to apply for various teaching courses. But during that time she also managed to slip in the interview and test stages for her preferred choice – Teach First.
Teach first places highly attaining graduates in deprived schools where they work full time whilst learning on the job. It is a very popular course in England, mainly because it eliminates the need for spending thousands of pounds of tuition fees, unfortunately this also means places are in high demand and it’s a notoriously tough course to get on.
Despite there being other teaching courses available Kirsty decided this was the only one for her and put all her energy into making it work. The thing is she was so unsure whether she would be accepted, supposedly it’s 1 in 30, we immediately started making other plans. We decided after finishing work in Bangkok we would apply for our Australian working holiday visa’s and head over that way for a year and then maybe the same in New Zealand.
10 days later whilst we were visiting a friend in Phuket Kirsty received a call from England…
We’re not going to Australia.
Kirsty was as surprised as anyone, especially as they told her they would get back to her within a week, but it was simply a case of they couldn’t get hold of her. She was half way round the world after all…
Kirsty has been accepted to the Teach First program for 2012! The bombshell, instead of working with younger children like she expected, she will be working in secondary school teaching business (she has a business degree by the way) to GCSE and A-Level students for two years – a far cry for kindergarten here in Bangkok.
So where in England? Can you be more specific?
Well, We have no idea… Part of the teach first program is agreeing to be placed anywhere in the country, anywhere. We should find out the region in the next few weeks and then the specific location a couple of months later – scary stuff.
What about between now and then?
Once Kirsty has finished teaching in March we will be doing a bit of travelling around here, checking out a couple of places we’ve missed so far, most notably heading to Bali for three weeks of beach time right before we fly home. Of course we’ll be back in Bangkok for Songkran as well!
Then we’ll head back to England and enjoy catching up with friends and family for a while before the next chapter starts.
Does this mean the end of travelling?
Nope, the whole reason for doing this is to allow for more travel. After two years Kirsty will be a fully qualified teacher and be in a far better position to find (better paid) jobs abroad. As for me, I’ll do whatever to make money for a couple of years and try and figure out what I want to do with myself once we set off again but I’m thinking something along the lines of sky diving/scuba/windsurfing/canyoning instructor…
Our first stop will be Australia and New Zealand again to make sure we qualify for our working holiday visa’s before we hit 30 but after that who knows. I cant plan two weeks ahead let alone a few years, right now I’m just looking forward to proper fish ‘n’ chips…