How Teaching Abroad Changed My Life


I have always had this reoccurring dream. I saw myself teaching in another country. The thought of travelling and experiencing a new culture and learning a new language rippled through my hidden adventurous spirit. I was a bird in a cage crying out to be set free.

It was not until I shared this dream with a wonderful friend that he told me to just go for it. He told me to just take the risk and listen to my heart and not to settle for a life I’m not happy with. He told me to be true to myself and develop my interests and talents. He told me to just spread my wings and fly. His advice grew on me and step by step I began my transformation.

I took the Oxford Seminars TEFL course and they connected me to CAPS (Conversation Assistant Programme for Schools). I filled out an application and completed a Skype interview and after a few months of patiently waiting I was accepted into their Plus Program. I was on my way to Spain.

So far I have been in Spain for five months and it has been the best decision I have ever made. I went from the worst year of a broken long-term relationship, familial pressure and a soul-crushing job to the absolute best year of my life. This experience has completely changed me and helped me discover who I am.

I have travelled to Naples, Italy and around Spain. I will soon be venturing to London, Paris, Rome, Malta, Casablanca and Lisbon. I have met the greatest people, amazing teachers and people I consider my family. There are so many people who have helped and supported me and my heart is overflowing with gratitude towards them. I have learned that I love travelling, languages, photography, poetry and even painting canvases! I followed my passion for writing and combined it with my new-found love of travel, photography and poetry to create this wonderful blog. I have developed fluency in Spanish, picked up some Catalan and learned how to make delicious typical dishes. I have learned about Spanish and Catalan history, art, traditions and cuisine. Most importantly I realized that I am a natural teacher and this is the job I was always meant to do. Now I have been accepted into a highly competitive education program in Canada to become a certified teacher.

It is amazing how much one person can learn in so little time. I have realized that the reason the flower could not grow was not that it was a defective plant, but because it needed to change its environment to a fertile field where it could blossom and develop beautiful, vibrant petals. Sometimes we go through different periods in our life when we feel that all hope is lost until someone wakes us up and reminds us that we are full of light and love. I had my mentor guide me on this path and now my heart is full of nothing but love and gratitude for him. So now I will pay it forward to you.

The greatest advice I can give you is to follow your dreams. Let my story inspire you to wake up and do what you always wanted to do. We all go through rough times, but if you hold onto hope and work hard you will see that que será, será; life is what you make of it, so make it a beautiful work of art.

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