Vanessa had arranged another house-sit for us in Sutton Coldfield, just outside Birmingham. We had two lovely cats to look after for a week while the owners were away on holiday.
The three-day classroom part of our TEFL (teaching English as a Foreign Language) course was in a Birmingham city-centre hotel, so the commute by train was easy and quick.
The course itself was fantastic. Our tutor Meryl had a wealth of experience in the TEFL industry, and made the three days interesting, informative and fun. We learned so much. I think we both felt that we had learned more in the three days than we had from a month of online study.
An assessment is made at the end of the course – we passed! As we had already finished our 120 hours of online study, we are now fully qualified TEFL teachers, ready for the classroom.
I still think the first few real lessons will be a little nerve-wracking though.
With flights now booked to Hong Kong, departing in less than a week, it’s time to repack the bags and head into the unknown. The only real plans we have made are a couple of days in Hong Kong for some shopping – time to buy a new computer. We have booked a small hotel in Shekou, a suburb of Shenzhen, just across the border into China. Other than that we are just going to see what happens in terms of finding accomodation and work – fingers crossed!
We’re very excited about our new adventure. Please feel free to follow our progress here on the blog.
For more details on the TEFL course we picked, see here: