What a week! Not just a holiday!


What a week I have had this week! On Friday; before we broke for the holiday, I had a chat with a Senior Support Worker about what was happening with myself and my job. She has reassured me that all is okay and that the meeting dates at currently being planned. However, this consultation had been going on for almost two years now and it may look like there is not much happening. There is a lot happening; this is what the corporate statement is stating. But none of the people involved still do not know anything. This is worrying me now. I will have to find a job for six months before I head out on the internship (the internship I still haven’t decided on yet!). I have been thinking about applying to the local supermarkets and coffee shops just to keep me afloat as the redundancy money will be spent on the internship and the flights. I will still need to pay rent while I am still living with my mother.

During this Spring Back Holiday/Whitsun Holiday, I received my meeting letter and how much they are going to give me. Sadly this was not what was originally to be. I will be asking MANY questions on Tuesday. I would really like to know what is happening; I want to get excited about moving abroad and teaching there! I have been doing my TEFL training for so long now, I want to start the next chapter in my life.

Life Update! I’ve got some good news!

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Yes! Everyone it is true! I have had some good news about my current job here in the UK. As you may all know; I volunteered to be made redundant from my job with the local County Council and I have now been told that it has been accepting. After Half Term; which is only two weeks away, I will be having a meeting to discuss the payment and what the next stages is. I have also been discussing the matter with some of my work colleagues about the payment – will it be taxed on and will we still get paid until the end of August? I have found out that it will not be taxed and I will still be paid until August 31. This is fantastic news for me; as this is the last booking date for the Thailand Internship with i-to-i TEFL. I could pay some of the deposit and then pay the rest of the payment on the 31st – this is hoping I will receive the payment on (or even before) this date. I will find more about when I should get the money at my meeting after the holiday.

Josh is now my Advisor at i-to-i; lovely lad and very helpful. I have been in contact with him about the Internships. I know that I will miss the closing dates for China and Vietnam due to the confusion and the completion of the re-shuffle. I have asked Josh, how much the internship fee would be for me; as you all know I have completed over 155 hours of TEFL training. I have worked out that it will be around £850, but that does not include my flights. I just hope that I can get a place and pay for it all by August 31st. At this time; I can only apply for the Internship in Thailand *waves at Kylie*; but if I miss the dates for the late 2015 internships, I can apply for the early 2016 internships would leave the UK around February time.

I have been doing a lot of “Spring Cleaning” and starting to throw and sell items I do not want nor need anymore. I have items on my selling websites and I am going to be going to weekly Car Boot sales where I live! My craft items are also becoming more popular!

I am feeling very positive at the moment; I just hope that I will stay that way! I’ll keep you all posted!

My First Online Lesson… (a little overdue)

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Oh my! I was very nervous about doing my first online lesson. As part of being a “newbie” teacher at SkimaTalk I have to do some ‘Free Sessions’. My first session was on a Thursday afternoon; it did not start of very well. I was waiting for a colleague at work to complete some work. I decided that it would be a good time for the session to happen. I was moved twice and I finally found a place where it was quiet and I could conduct the lesson.

My student was from Japan; I completely forgot about the large time difference. The lesson was at 3.30pm GMT, which was 12.30am in Japan. No wonder he looked so tired. I calmed down about halfway through the lesson; because I was moved out of two rooms before. As it was a first lesson; I asked him what he wanted to practice. His English was very good and I did not need to do much correction with him. I have been unable to post anymore sessions at SkimaTalk as I have had no laptop. However; it is all better now and the lessons can begin once again!

I am glad that I have joined SkimaTalk; I just hope that my laptop does not break again or that I am moved from “my classroom”!