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Alumni Stories – Glacier

We spoke with one of our graduates, Glacier, 8 months after completing the TEFL course. He talks about his experience since graduating. 

Why did you choose Prague? / What did you know about Prague before coming here?

Surprisingly, I didn’t do much research into Prague before I decided to move here. At my previous job, I had a Czech coworker named Jaromir, who connected me with his daughter that teaches in the Czech Republic. I had known I wanted to teach somewhere in Europe, and after several conversations with the pair of them I decided to go fot it. I think there are a lot of amazing cities in Europe, and each have their own pros and cons. My thought process was that it was up to me to make the situation a fun and beneficial one, and to not over analyze it. Luckily, I couldn’t be happier with my choice. The people here are amazing. They are different enough than what I am familiar with in America to provide me with an ample cultural experience while familiar enough that I didn’t feel disconnected.

Why did you choose TEFL Worldwide when you were choosing a TEFL school?

Google… lol

What made you want to change your life and take a TEFL program in a foreign country? / Were you afraid to take a step into the unknown and move to a different country/start a new career?

I knew I wanted to leave my current job and go on an adventure, and I knew I wanted to do something big. I also knew I was young (24 at the time), didn’t have a family, or any other obligations and this was my last opportunity to do something of this magnitude. I spent about 6 months considering the decision to move. Looking back at it now I laugh, so much second guessing and consideration went into the decision and now that I am here it is such a no-brainer.

How was your experience with the course? / What was your experience teaching after the course?

  • Regarding the course and teaching here are some notes I have about my personal experience:
  • The course is plenty do-able, so don’t worry. The school lays out the work in a digestible manner, and the course instructors are great.
  • My original thought was, how can a 4 week course prepare me to be a teacher? And I was pleasantly surprised that I felt ready after graduation. With that being said, it is the same as any other job. You have to put more work in at the beginning, and you may fumble a bit at first, but they give you the tools to succeed and after that its up to you how you utilize them.
  • At first, teaching was just a means for me to travel. I can say without hesitation, I have had some of the most interesting and enjoyable conversations throughout this job. I have enjoyed it far more than anticipated, and met some incredible people. It is a great way to get you connected to the community and meet Czech people, and a good time in general.

Last tip: if you are really thinking about it, just do it. And good luck!

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