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Application Status: Approved
Visa Status: Documents Ready

Teacher Details:


Name: Alexander
Teacher ID: 12458
Nationality: British
Have you lived or worked overseas before?: Yes

Placement Preferences


Available Date: 22nd February 2022
Travel Plans: I am travelling alone
Location Preferences: City

Education


Highest Qualification: BA
Degree Subject: Viking Studies
University / Institution: University of Nottingham
Grade: 2:1
Do you have a TEFL certificate: Yes
Details of TEFL certificate:

130-hour course including Classroom experience, Grammar revision, Classroom observation and Methodology.

Were you educated in your native country?: Yes
Education comments:

Viking Studies is a course offered at the University of Nottingham. It is a multi-discipline course that absorbs modules from the schools of English, History, Archaeology and Ancient Languages. The languages I studied were Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) and Old Norse. The English Modules are of particular interest as they were a study of the beginnings of the English Language from its German roots to the more recognisable Middle English of Chaucer.

Work Experience

Position


Job title: Ride Operator/Show Team Performer
Employer: The Big Sheep Theme Park
Date of employment: July 2016 – November 2021
Summary of role:

At the Big Sheep, I was charged with operating the rides and performing in the shows. This involved working closely with children as many of the parents didn’t want to go on the faster rides such as the Roller Coaster. My main responsibilities were to make sure the ride I was operating was a safe environment and to entertain the customers who came on.

As a show performer I was tasked with leading many of the shows that took place every hour or so during an average day. The shows were educational in nature, teaching the kids about the animals that were kept on the farm. I would also work closely with animals so safety was once again key, as one show required me to be on stage with nine rams at a time!

Position


Job title: Writer
Employer: Argo Media
Date of employment: 2012 – 2014
Summary of role:

Writing scripts and bids for a small film production company in Devon. I would also write the bids when the company was applying for work from organisations such as the MOD or one of the County Councils.

Position


Job title: Visitor Service Assistant
Employer: National Trust Knightshayes
Date of employment: 2012
Summary of role:

Welcoming visitors to the house and gardens and charging entry prices. I would also try to sell membership of the National Trust to non-member visitors.

Position


Job title: Production Assistant
Employer: Argo Media
Date of employment: 2009 – 2012
Summary of role:

Assisting the director on shoots and helping organise hotels and other administrative role before and while on location.

Position


Job title: Independant Writer
Employer: Self Employed
Date of employment: 2009 – Current
Summary of role:

Since leaving school I have worked on many writing, comedy and acting jobs both paid and unpaid.

Supporting Information:

Why do you want to teach overseas?:

Since graduating from university, I have really enjoyed my time working at the Big Sheep. Working with children has been particularly rewarding, and this is the reason that I have worked there so long even though I knew that it was not a viable long-term career. During the COVID-19 lockdown, a lot of things changed for many people. For me, it was a realisation that it was time to move on and look for the next step in my life. I knew that I enjoyed working with kids and that I that I love to travel, so my next step seemed obvious. It was this that made me decide to pursue a TEFL course.

Travelling has always been something that I have enjoyed. After finishing school at the age of eighteen, I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa. A few years later, I travelled across central and northern Europe by train going heading to university. These experiences have been some of the best in my life and I am hoping to add to them in South Korea.

South Korea is my first choice of destination for many reasons. Firstly, as a history buff, Korea is a country with a fascinating past. Obviously, the last hundred years tend to dominate perceptions of Korean history, but this is a civilisation that has been around since the Neolithic period at least. The Japanese occupation and the Korean War is of course important to know about, but I feel sure that Korea has more to offer and the best place to learn about it is in the country itself.

As a sports fan, I of course remember the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and the World Cup in 2002. South Korea’s incredible run to the semi-finals in particular stands out in my memories of that tournament. All these global events helped plant a seed in me that South Korea was a place I wanted to visit some day.

Now that the opportunity has come for me to travel and work aboard I can think of no better place to go than South Korea, and no better career path than teaching English.

Why are you a suitable candidate for teaching overseas?:

I believe that I am a strong candidate to teach overseas because of two main reasons, my professional experience and personal experience. Professionally I have worked with children for many years. At the Big Sheep one of my main duties was to entertaining children of all ages and keep them occupied while their parents were otherwise engaged. Many of the rides I was put in charge of, such as the roller coaster, were potentially dangerous and required me to keep control of the children and stop them from running amuck. Also, my experience performing in their shows gave me useful experience talking to a predominantly younger audience, keeping their attention and educating them at the same time. Indeed, during these shows I would often have many live animals on stage with me, usually sheep, whom are not known for their good behaviour.

I should also mention that I have some experience in a classroom as a teacher during my gap year. I spent three months teaching English in a school in the South African town of Knysna. While I was only 18 at the time and my teaching skills needed some work, the experience has shaped my career and left me interested in the possibility of a career working with kids.

This is why after graduation from university in 2017 I decided to take a full time position at the Big Sheep, which had previously just been a summer job. I found working with children both rewarding and fun. I came to the decision, however, that a theme park job is not a long-term career move since the chances of promotion were limited and the pay was less than ideal. I decided therefore to look into the possibility of teaching as it incorporated my enjoyment of working with kids and my desire to travel and see the world. I therefore enrolled in a 130 hour TEFL course to sharpen my skills as a teacher and to learn the techniques to make me effective at teaching English.

My personal life experience is also another thing that I believe makes me a suitable person to teach English in South Korea. At the age of 30, I feel that I am at the perfect point in my life to make a transition to live in another country and culture. I have live independently for many years and know who to look after myself. I also have experience to living aboard from my time in South Africa and know the difficulties that moving to a new country can bring. South Korea will no doubt be a bigger change that South Africa was, however, I feel confident that I can bring some life experience to the kids I am teaching as well as being a native English speaker who can teaching them the skills they’ll need in later life.

On top of this, I currently have no major attachments to the UK being a single man without kids. This means that I am free to move to a new country and stay as long as I am needed or wanted. I have also spent over ten years working on and off as a writer, doing both paid and unpaid work. My most recent writing was in January 2022 when I was asked to write a description for every animal at Exmoor Zoo for an app called TracAce that details the tourist destination in Devon and Cornwall. I have also complete several comedy sketch shows that have been performed around the country. I mention this to highlight my skills in the English language.

Additional information:

While I have little knowledge of the Korean language, I would certainly be keen to learn it during my time in the country if I am fortunate enough to be offered a job. During my travels around Europe, I have picked up some basic French and German. I also studied Old English at degree level (this is not the middle English of Chaucer, but rather a much older form of a Germanic language which evolved into the modern English we speak today). I also have come by some basic Japanese, although kanji is still a beyond me and I was delighted to hear that Koreans does not use this bewildering form of writing! In preparation for the possibility of a job offer, I have begun learning the Korean alphabet in hopes that if I am offered a job, this will give me an advantage while learning the language.

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applicant Photo

Application Status: Approved
Visa Status: Documents Ready

Teacher Details:


Name: Alexander
Teacher ID: 12458
Nationality: British
Have you lived or worked overseas before?: Yes

Placement Preferences


Available Date: 22nd February 2022
Travel Plans: I am travelling alone
Location Preferences: City

Education


Highest Qualification: BA
Degree Subject: Viking Studies
University / Institution: University of Nottingham
Grade: 2:1
Do you have a TEFL certificate: Yes
Details of TEFL certificate:

130-hour course including Classroom experience, Grammar revision, Classroom observation and Methodology.

Were you educated in your native country?: Yes
Education comments:

Viking Studies is a course offered at the University of Nottingham. It is a multi-discipline course that absorbs modules from the schools of English, History, Archaeology and Ancient Languages. The languages I studied were Old English (or Anglo-Saxon) and Old Norse. The English Modules are of particular interest as they were a study of the beginnings of the English Language from its German roots to the more recognisable Middle English of Chaucer.

Work Experience

Position


Job title: Ride Operator/Show Team Performer
Employer: The Big Sheep Theme Park
Date of employment: July 2016 – November 2021
Summary of role:

At the Big Sheep, I was charged with operating the rides and performing in the shows. This involved working closely with children as many of the parents didn’t want to go on the faster rides such as the Roller Coaster. My main responsibilities were to make sure the ride I was operating was a safe environment and to entertain the customers who came on.

As a show performer I was tasked with leading many of the shows that took place every hour or so during an average day. The shows were educational in nature, teaching the kids about the animals that were kept on the farm. I would also work closely with animals so safety was once again key, as one show required me to be on stage with nine rams at a time!

Position


Job title: Writer
Employer: Argo Media
Date of employment: 2012 – 2014
Summary of role:

Writing scripts and bids for a small film production company in Devon. I would also write the bids when the company was applying for work from organisations such as the MOD or one of the County Councils.

Position


Job title: Visitor Service Assistant
Employer: National Trust Knightshayes
Date of employment: 2012
Summary of role:

Welcoming visitors to the house and gardens and charging entry prices. I would also try to sell membership of the National Trust to non-member visitors.

Position


Job title: Production Assistant
Employer: Argo Media
Date of employment: 2009 – 2012
Summary of role:

Assisting the director on shoots and helping organise hotels and other administrative role before and while on location.

Position


Job title: Independant Writer
Employer: Self Employed
Date of employment: 2009 – Current
Summary of role:

Since leaving school I have worked on many writing, comedy and acting jobs both paid and unpaid.

Supporting Information:

Why do you want to teach overseas?:

Since graduating from university, I have really enjoyed my time working at the Big Sheep. Working with children has been particularly rewarding, and this is the reason that I have worked there so long even though I knew that it was not a viable long-term career. During the COVID-19 lockdown, a lot of things changed for many people. For me, it was a realisation that it was time to move on and look for the next step in my life. I knew that I enjoyed working with kids and that I that I love to travel, so my next step seemed obvious. It was this that made me decide to pursue a TEFL course.

Travelling has always been something that I have enjoyed. After finishing school at the age of eighteen, I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa. A few years later, I travelled across central and northern Europe by train going heading to university. These experiences have been some of the best in my life and I am hoping to add to them in South Korea.

South Korea is my first choice of destination for many reasons. Firstly, as a history buff, Korea is a country with a fascinating past. Obviously, the last hundred years tend to dominate perceptions of Korean history, but this is a civilisation that has been around since the Neolithic period at least. The Japanese occupation and the Korean War is of course important to know about, but I feel sure that Korea has more to offer and the best place to learn about it is in the country itself.

As a sports fan, I of course remember the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and the World Cup in 2002. South Korea’s incredible run to the semi-finals in particular stands out in my memories of that tournament. All these global events helped plant a seed in me that South Korea was a place I wanted to visit some day.

Now that the opportunity has come for me to travel and work aboard I can think of no better place to go than South Korea, and no better career path than teaching English.

Why are you a suitable candidate for teaching overseas?:

I believe that I am a strong candidate to teach overseas because of two main reasons, my professional experience and personal experience. Professionally I have worked with children for many years. At the Big Sheep one of my main duties was to entertaining children of all ages and keep them occupied while their parents were otherwise engaged. Many of the rides I was put in charge of, such as the roller coaster, were potentially dangerous and required me to keep control of the children and stop them from running amuck. Also, my experience performing in their shows gave me useful experience talking to a predominantly younger audience, keeping their attention and educating them at the same time. Indeed, during these shows I would often have many live animals on stage with me, usually sheep, whom are not known for their good behaviour.

I should also mention that I have some experience in a classroom as a teacher during my gap year. I spent three months teaching English in a school in the South African town of Knysna. While I was only 18 at the time and my teaching skills needed some work, the experience has shaped my career and left me interested in the possibility of a career working with kids.

This is why after graduation from university in 2017 I decided to take a full time position at the Big Sheep, which had previously just been a summer job. I found working with children both rewarding and fun. I came to the decision, however, that a theme park job is not a long-term career move since the chances of promotion were limited and the pay was less than ideal. I decided therefore to look into the possibility of teaching as it incorporated my enjoyment of working with kids and my desire to travel and see the world. I therefore enrolled in a 130 hour TEFL course to sharpen my skills as a teacher and to learn the techniques to make me effective at teaching English.

My personal life experience is also another thing that I believe makes me a suitable person to teach English in South Korea. At the age of 30, I feel that I am at the perfect point in my life to make a transition to live in another country and culture. I have live independently for many years and know who to look after myself. I also have experience to living aboard from my time in South Africa and know the difficulties that moving to a new country can bring. South Korea will no doubt be a bigger change that South Africa was, however, I feel confident that I can bring some life experience to the kids I am teaching as well as being a native English speaker who can teaching them the skills they’ll need in later life.

On top of this, I currently have no major attachments to the UK being a single man without kids. This means that I am free to move to a new country and stay as long as I am needed or wanted. I have also spent over ten years working on and off as a writer, doing both paid and unpaid work. My most recent writing was in January 2022 when I was asked to write a description for every animal at Exmoor Zoo for an app called TracAce that details the tourist destination in Devon and Cornwall. I have also complete several comedy sketch shows that have been performed around the country. I mention this to highlight my skills in the English language.

Additional information:

While I have little knowledge of the Korean language, I would certainly be keen to learn it during my time in the country if I am fortunate enough to be offered a job. During my travels around Europe, I have picked up some basic French and German. I also studied Old English at degree level (this is not the middle English of Chaucer, but rather a much older form of a Germanic language which evolved into the modern English we speak today). I also have come by some basic Japanese, although kanji is still a beyond me and I was delighted to hear that Koreans does not use this bewildering form of writing! In preparation for the possibility of a job offer, I have begun learning the Korean alphabet in hopes that if I am offered a job, this will give me an advantage while learning the language.