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Trainee Stories – Rain

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We ask one of our current trainees, Rain, a few questions.

Where are you from and why did you choose the Czech Republic?

Hi! I’m Rain and I’m from Sydney, Australia! I chose to move to and complete my TEFL course in Prague because of the magical culture, rich history, mouthwatering goulash and of course, the joy of teaching English to eager Czech learners! Plus, who could resist the temptation of living in a city that looks like it popped straight out of a fairytale!

What do you think of Prague?

Prague is absolutely stunning! I have felt like I’ve been at home from the moment I arrived. The comfortability of living here has made trading my vegemite for some delicious trdelník and the sunny beaches of Australia to the charming streets of Prague much easier. I am in a constant state of awe when walking through the cobblestone streets and can confirm that the views definitely do not need an instagram filter! Czech cuisine is something else, the options are endless from street food to traditional dishes – one of my faves is svíčková!

How are you finding the course so far?

As for the course, I am having the best time! The amazing like minded people who I have met will be friends for life. The instructors are a vault of infinite knowledge and it is in their best interest to guide you to success. There is a perfect mix of theory and practice and I would be lying if I said it was easy. The course so far has been a mix of emotions but it is all worth it to have the fulfilling, rewarding sense of knowing I have taught a class new vocabulary and listened to them use it in conversation back to me!

What has surprised you so far (either course related or Prague related)?

A couple of things that have surprised me so far were the intricacies of teaching English. It has been a wild ride but hey, I’m up for it and I am enjoying the challenge. Another thing that has surprised me is that beer is cheaper than water! (Not complaining) I thought Aussie’s were the beer lovers of the world but the Czechs are definitely giving us a run for our money. One of the first phrases I learnt and haven’t stopped hearing is ‘pivo prosím’. Who knew that being a fluent beer orderer is an essential skill to survive in Prague!

What are your plans for after the course?

After the course, I plan to use my newfound skills to use and immerse myself in Czech culture. Prague offers several opportunities for English teachers whether its language schools, private tutoring or even online teaching. I look forward to traveling around Europe but for the school year you might see me getting off at the wrong tram stop with my whiteboard markers in hand and some funny anecdotes to make English learning an adventure. I hope to bring a little Aussie spirit and a lot of fun to the world of TEFL!

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