Anonymous asked: If you don't mind me asking, what classes did you take in London? And what university did you attend whilst in the UK?
I was technically associated with Roehampton University whilst I was in London; however, the set up of my program was very different from typical study abroad programs. I had one class, The History of British Education, that met every few weeks, but the majority of my responsibility was teaching in the classroom five days a week. I was observed and evaluated during the lessons I taught, and that determined my overall grade. It was very intensive and a lot of planning, but it really prepared me for teaching in real life. Thanks for the question!
Nearing this time about one year ago, I was packing to leave for London. Since then I have graduated from my university, secured a job as an English teacher at a local high school, and have been itching to plan my next trip. Fortunately, two of my favorite siblings will be in Europe this year - one in Berlin and one in London. The obvious conclusion is that a visit is in order! As an American teacher, I have a week’s break in February, which is part of the off-peak season for traveling. At this time, I think it would be ideal if I were to spend three days in London and three days in Berlin.
London - This will be my third time in London, but as I’ve lived there, I won’t be going for the tourist attractions. I think it might be nice to take a day trip to Bath, because I’ve always wanted to visit, and it’s very pretty. I want to go back to my old haunts, really see the Tate Modern for once (I’ve only popped in for a quick spin), and catch up with my London friends.
Berlin - I’ve never been to Germany, but I’ve been dying to visit! Berlin is supposed to be one of the hippest and most up-and-coming artistic cities in Europe, so I’m thrilled that I may have the opportunity to visit a close friend there. One of my best excursions was when I arrived in Prague without a plan or a guidebook. I have a feeling that the “no plan” plan would work out for Berlin as well.
In a really fortunate twist of fate, I was lucky enough to be hired as an English teacher at a local high school nearby to where I live. The teaching hiring process requires the utmost patience and persistence because while jobs can be posted as early as January, the actual interview process does not take place until early June. Crafting a proper cover letter is a task unto itself, but to be called for an interview indicates that the school is already interested in you for a position. They want to match a face to a resume and decide whether you would be a good fit for their school. I thought it may be helpful if I posted some of the typical questions I have been asked at the varying levels of interviews that I’ve been on.
elephantskittles asked: I was looking through the Blarney tags and I had a quick question! When my friend and I plan on going to Ireland in March we wanted to spend a day in Cork, and I saw you took a plane, how much was the plane? Thank you :)
In total my flight was €38 which is about $50 US dollars if you happen to be American. I flew RyanAir from Gatwick Airport so I also needed to pay for a train from central London to the airport itself. Cork is a lovely little city, and it’s only a quick cab ride from the airport to the city center. I highly recommend Fitzpatrick’s Park and An Brog for a fun pub!
My experience in London was unique in that my job required professional clothes five out of the seven days of the week. That being said, there were certain articles of clothing which I brought with me which were not only essential for my wardrobe but also my London life. I lived through three London seasons, so my suitcases had to be carefully packed. For those who may be moving to or visiting the UK, this following list is for you:
In the future, I can also make a list of essential professional wear for London, but overall these items were by far the most useful to me. When you are living in a new place, it is important to feel comfortable in your own clothes. As shopping abroad can be very expensive, it pays to be prepared!