Teacher Spotlight: Kathryn A.

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Introducing Kathryn, one of our outstanding teachers currently teaching in Hungary! Originally from Massachusetts, Kathryn decided to combine her love for teaching and travel after earning her BA in Early Childhood Education and Music and her masters was in Early Childhood Education from Salem State University. Read on to hear more about her experience in Hungary so far!

Why did you choose to Teach English Abroad?

I love to travel, and I love to teach! It seemed the perfect way to be able to explore different parts of the world and have a job I love.

What has been your most memorable moment in the classroom so far?

My most memorable moment in the classroom was when I had given a writing assignment to my fifth grade reading and writing class. I told my students to write about their favorite teacher. One of the students wrote about me. I was blown away!

What has been the most challenging part of your experience so far?

The most challenging part of my experience so far has been adjusting to the communication style of the company I work for.

What has been the best or most unique part of your new home?

The most unique part of my new home is that I can see the Danube from every window in my apartment.

How do you see this experience helping/impacting your future?

This experience will greatly impact my future because I will make so many connections with people here that will last a lifetime.

What advice would you give to someone considering Teaching Abroad?

My advice for someone considering Teaching Abroad would be to do your research. Not sure where you want to go? Don't just choose a program you think you can get into based upon the requirements. Find a place you think you would enjoy living in for a year and try to find programs based on that. Never taught but think you might like to? Look up stories of what it is like being a teacher abroad. Find TEFL classes that will teach you what you need to know before you go. Not sure if you want to be away from home too long? Look up how people have stayed connected to family and friends while abroad or look up programs that are 3-9 months instead of a year or more. There are so many English Teaching positions out there, you are bound to find one that fits what you want/need, you just need to do your research to find it.

Would you recommend this program to a friend? Why?

I would recommend this program to a friend because you can teach various ages (preschool-7th grade) and various topics (music, storytelling, reading, art, writing, etc.).


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