If you had asked me what I want to be when I grow up the answer would have been either a teacher, specifically a geography teacher, or to work in the Hospitality industry. My first choice quickly fell away as I realised that I was not very academically inclined and I would never have the grades to get in to university. My second choice nearly came in to being as I started studying to be a chef a year after high school. This too was not meant to be as finances and other factors prevented me from continuing and forced me to get another job. I was good at I.T and I had always been a nerd so when the opportunity arose to become a data analyst I jumped at the chance. At the age of 26 I decided that I need to pursue my dreams before I get too old to do anything about them, so I ended my 7 year career in I.T and took the first opportunity available in Hospitality in Dubai.
I can with all honesty say that Dubai was the worst mistake I have ever made in my life, and anyone who knows me will agree that I have made enough mistakes for the worst to be pretty bad. I jetted of to Dubai to work for what would soon be the world’s biggest hotel company, with all my hopes and dreams and fell in to a complete disaster. Dubai is absolutely amazing, it truly is the Vegas of the Middle East, but I was simply too reckless in finding a job and signing a contract. Not that the contract mattered because when I arrived in Dubai, with no way to turn back, I was presented with a contract containing quite a large amount of amendments. My job title had changed, I went from sharing a studio with one person to sharing a 1 bedroom apartment with 4 people and it just goes on.
I arrived on my birthday and that would turn out to be the last good day I would have for 10 months. I developed a health condition on old year’s eve which prevented me from being able to walk and stand for 9 hours a day, not a great thing in the hospitality industry and so I was moved to the Hotel Call Centre. In February I was offered a job at the front desk of the apartments. I grabbed the opportunity with open arms and loved it. Little did I know everything was about to change. 3 weeks after I moved a new general manager was appointed. The first thing she did at the hotel was announce that the entire senior management team would be retrenched and replaced. A week after that the hotel had a flood, karma if I ever saw it. I mean who could ever expect a flood in a desert, but it happened. The hotel was closed for over three months and during that time I just sat back and waited. The re-opening was a disaster, the GM had hired her friends who simply came in to push as many of the old staff out and turn the hotel into a place that benefits them. After two months they got their wish, half of the staff in my department had resigned and the rest we looking for a way out, myself included. I am not proud of what I did but I had reached my breaking point. So on the 25th September 2016 , I climbed on a plane to take a vacation home and simply did not return.
So now I find myself back in South Africa, ready to pursue my true passion, teaching. I could go to university now and get a degree but facing the fact that I will be thirty-one before that happens is just not an option for me. I decided that the best and fastest way that I could teach would be to teach ESL in another country. I bought the course and worked hard to complete it and I am proud to say that I passed with the highest mark achievable. I am still learning and progressing but all in all it is a waiting game now. I would like to either go to Brazil or China. So while I wait for the January / March intake and while i try to earn some money online to pay to get there I decided that I would start this blog to share some of the things I am learning and some reference materials for people to look through if they are busy learning to be a TEFL / TESOL teacher or if they are currently teaching and looking for some fresh Ideas. I will post as often as possible and hope that you find this blog useful. Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think.