Daniel-3929

Status
Application status: 
Accepted Offer
Visa Status: 
Not known
Teacher Details
Gender: 
Male
Age: 
34
Nationality: 
British
Have you lived or worked overseas before?: 
Yes
Details of previous overseas experience: 
I have spent four summers in America working as a camp counsellor (Camp America). I have worked for Qantas and British Airways as cabin crew, which involved extensive worldwide travel. I have travelled (backpacked) for three months through Central America and New Zealand.
Placement Preferences
Available Date: 
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Travel Plans: 
I am travelling alone
Travel Plan Details: 
I have recently taken a voluntary redundancy package at British Airways, and I am therefore available to start teaching at the earliest opportunity.
Location Preferences: 
No preference
City
Town
Rural
Coastal
Location Preference Details: 
I am happy to be located anywhere, although I would prefer a place where I could meet other teachers.
Education
Highest Qualification: 
MA
Other Qualification: 
BA Sports Studies & Open University English Language and Literature qualifications.
Degree Subject: 
English
University / Institution: 
The Open University
Grade: 
Pass
Do you have a TEFL certificate: 
Yes
Were you educated in your native country?: 
Yes
Education comments: 
If the above is unclear, I have recently completed a Master's in English from the Open University. I have also completed undergratuate degree-level modules at the Open University in English language and literature. My undergraduate degree is in Sports Studies (I had initially wanted to teach PE).
Work Experience
Position 1
Job title: 
Learning & Development Executive
Dates of employment: 
October 2014 - September 2017
Summary of role: 
I delievered Safety, Service and Medical training to British Airways Cabin Crew. I predominantly delivered service training to new entrant cabin crew, which included understanding the differences in aircraft configurations (Boeing and Airbus) and their associated systems; different service routines dependant on route and duration of flight; and developing 'soft' skills so cabin crew deliver a service experience inline with company values and expectations. The majority of my role was spent preparing and delivering session content, although I was also involved with design and development of new content.
Position 2
Job title: 
Cabin Crew
Dates of employment: 
April 2013 - September 2014
Summary of role: 
Deliver an exceptional on board service experience to British Airways customers in a safety conscious environment. Understand and respect different cultures. Be adaptable to the varying needs of customers. Competent in aircraft safety and medical procedures.
Position 3
Job title: 
Cabin Crew
Dates of employment: 
March 2008 - April 2013
Summary of role: 
Deliver an exceptional on board service experience to Qantas customers in a safety conscious environment. Understand and respect different cultures. Be adaptable to the varying needs of customers. Competent in aircraft safety and medical procedures.
Supporting Information
Why do you want to teach overseas?: 
I want to teach English overseas because I have a passion for language teaching and a desire to make a difference. Since leaving school, I have wanted to teach and I have gained experience teaching a variety of subjects at home and abroad. I have worked in primary and secondary schools here in the UK, as well as working abroad as a camp counsellor at an American summer camp. Most recently, I have spent the past three years working as a trainer for British Airways, where I have been able to develop skills in communication and influencing at a range of levels; gain experience managing performance, by ensuring standards and objectives are met, guidance and support are offered, and performance shortfalls are addressed; and, understand the importance of teamwork and collaboration, ensuring meaningful relationships with colleagues are established to promote a positive learning environment, while also fostering continuous development through feedback and peer-to-peer coaching. Working in this learning environment has been both challenging and extremely rewarding, while also providing me with a variety of transferable skills I could apply to an overseas teaching position. I have completed a school experience placement at Salesian School, where I was able to gain experience observing a variety of English lessons, which included a year 7 mixed-ability class and a year 11 top-set GCSE class. Importantly, I was able to speak with students during the day, as well as individual teachers regarding the rewarding aspects of teaching, and some of the challenges teachers face in their day-to-day role, which I found very insightful. Overall, I found the experience invaluable, and one that has both encouraged and enhanced my desire to teach English abroad. I have spent a large part of my own time ensuring I am suitably adept in my chosen subject area. This has included researching and studying EFL teaching methods, understanding the finer details of English grammar and spelling, and preparing myself for life as a teacher by gaining school experience and researching current educational issues. I am under no allusion as to the difficulties and challenges a teaching career presents; however, teaching for me is more than a job - it is a passion. It is a career in which I can make a difference, and one I am wholeheartedly dedicated to. Teaching English overseas would give me the opportunity to develop my skills as a teacher, live in a new and exciting culture and, most importantly, share my knowledge and skills as a teacher of English in a fun and engaging way with those who wish to learn it.
Why are you a suitable candidate for teaching overseas?: 
I have spent the past 10-years working in the airline industry, which involved extensive worldwide travel. Prior to that I have spent four consecutive summers working abroad in the USA as a camp counsellor through the Camp America exchange programme. I have also backpacked for three months through Central America and New Zealand. I have experience living and working overseas, and understand the opportunities and challenges this may present. I respect and enjoy being immersed in different cultures and enjoy the opportunity of meeting new people and adapting to different environments. I understand it can sometimes be difficult to adapt to a new environment and culture, but how embracing such challenges makes for a more rewarding experience - and I am not one to quit at the first hurdle. I enjoy meeting new people, and the opportunity to teach English overseas would be a very rewarding experience.