My love of languages began in high school where I took 2 years of German. After my senior year, I had the opportunity to visit our exchange student from Czech Republic. I loved being in a new environment where I could not understand the language. Her parents and I communicated in other ways, and I enjoyed the experience so much. Some 20 years later, we are still friends! As I began my search for what I wanted to do in life, I was drawn toward teaching. Specifically, I wanted to teach English as a second language. I looked into several programs. Family members asked how I could possibly teach if I did not know the language of my students. These questions and the events of life veered me off the path. I still wanted to work with children, and I found my way into counseling. I worked as a school counselor for many years, and eventually I stayed home to teach my own children.
Throughout the journey of life, I felt a longing to interact with other peoples and cultures. Home and family kept me from taking off and exploring the world. I devoted my time to teaching my children about other cultures. I taught them songs I learned in English and Czech. We visited museums and Skyped with friends around the world. I found that the connections we share as people are deeper than I had realized. We met a family that does medical charity work in the Middle East and became fast friends. They work with a group who many fear. One day, my children and I were on Skype with them and the wife introduced me to a woman and her two young boys. I laughed to myself as I saw this Muslim boy and my son making silly faces at each other through the screen. We were truly in a new era globally!
In the middle of a career search this past October, I discovered an online TESL program called VIPKID. I actually applied last year , but I was fearful of putting information online. (I’m an old Gen-X lady ok?) I clicked on the link and began the process of applying. I did research online into the company. I watched Youtube videos of enthusiastic teachers giving tips on things such as TPR. (What was that?) The light inside of me began to flicker once again. The love of teaching English as a second language became a reality for me once again. This time I wouldn’t let the naysayers or stressors of life get in my way. This time I would seize the opportunity and pursue it with all of my energy.
As I continue on this new journey in life, I can’t help but feel I have come full circle. The goal I envisioned years ago is finally coming to fruition. Life does funny things at times , and you have to be open to seeing the opportunities as they come. I hope you keep your eyes open and pursue your dreams just as I have! If teaching English as a second language has sparked some passion within you, I want to encourage you to try out VIPKID. You can APPLY HERE, and I want you to please contact me if you do as I will help you every step of the way.