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.

Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund

Blog, España

On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, I fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams to see my favourite soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo, play at the Santiago Bernabeu. I was in Madrid for four days and leapt at the opportunity to watch a live UEFA Champions League game with my favourite team, Real Madrid. The experience felt surreal as if I wasn’t actually in the same vicinity as these world-class players.

Unfortunately, the security guard did not allow me to bring my camera inside and I could not take any good-quality photos. The only photos I could take was with my phone, which has a terrible zoom and takes low-quality images.

Regardless, it was a brilliant match and Ronaldo put on a fantastic display of amazing agility, speed and accuracy, proving why he is one of the greatest footballers of his time.

Borja Mayoral started the game with a goal in the first eight minutes of play. Only four minutes later, Ronaldo received the ball outside of the left corner of the 18-yard box and blasted the ball to the top right corner of the net, scoring a tremendous golaso. With this goal, Ronaldo became the first player in history to score in all six matches of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Real Madrid was up 2-0 when Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang picked up the ball from the Madrid defenders and sent the ball to the back of the net.

At the start of the second half, Aubameyang scored an equalizer and became the hero of the match to all of the passionate Dortmund fans.

With a powerful volley from Lucas Vásquez in the last nine minutes of regular time, Real Madrid was back in the lead.

The match was a tight game, but the home team, Real Madrid, came out the champions with a 3-2 win.

The day after the match, Ronaldo travelled to Paris, France where he received his fifth Balon d’Or on the Eiffel Tower and levelled Lionel Messi’s titles.

How amazing it was for me to see two five-time Balon d’Or winners within five days of each other!

Stand Up. Stand Out.


I am living in this superficial society
Where everyone just wants to be a celebrity.
Let’s see who can get the most likes on Instagram,
The rest, I don’t give a damn.
Failing classes, getting into trouble; all this for fame,
When inside you are amazing and wasting that is a shame.
So many girls just want the hottest guy,
Just look good and keep their brains on standby.
Don’t worry, you will have a luxurious wedding with prince charming,
Lose yourself and your mind –that can’t be so alarming.
Your looks will fade and you will be left with a meaningless life,
Because you did what you saw on TV and only became a wife.
Don’t lose who you are, study hard and follow your dreams,
Looks and clothes and cars are not as fulfilling as it seems.
Stay true to yourself and don’t let anyone change that
Stand up for what you believe in and don’t be anyone’s doormat.
The one who truly loves you will always treat you with care,
You don’t have to change or chase him, for you he will always be there.
So make your life meaningful and do something to make a change;
Don’t worry if everyone thinks you are quite strange.
We are all strange in our own particular way,
But if we all play our part, we will only see better days.
Be strong and make this life worth living,
Be caring, compassionate, generous and forgiving.
Forget about the judgmental society that will just waste your time,
Find the highest mountain; get up and climb!

Conquer Your Mountain


Everyone has a life path to endure. Everyone has challenges and obstacles to overcome. Although in the present moment you may not understand why you have to go through this, in the future the lessons you have learned from this particular challenge will make you stronger and wiser. Everything that happens to you in life, good or bad, builds your character; it becomes a part of you. Your reaction and attitude can change your situation and the way you feel. Stay positive and know that everything is going to be exactly the way it must be because que será, será. Don’t worry and just be happy.

On my journey of dramatic change, ups and downs, heartbreaks and roller-coaster rides, I have learned pain makes pleasure so much sweeter; heartbreak makes love so much better; failure makes success so much greater; distance makes relationships so much stronger.

I decided to take advantage of my opportunities and steer the reins of my life. Now here I am following my dreams and doing what I love because I found the courage inside of me to take a tremendous risk. You too can find the courage to do what you love to change your life for the better. I continue on my journey for all of those who can’t travel, who can’t teach. For the poor who don’t have the money. For the old who don’t have the stamina. For the sick who don’t have the health. For the timid who don’t have the courage. For the non-anglophones who don’t have the language. For the parents who don’t have the time. For the depressed who don’t have the esteem.
I do this for you. I do this for me.

Live through my story and let my journey inspire you. Let it inspire you to embark on your own journey. To light the way of your own darkened path. Have the courage to follow your dreams even though it may be difficult. Overcome your struggles, overcome your pain, overcome your failure and you will be prosperous. You will be happy when you see what you can achieve and all of the hurdles you can surpass.