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Amy's Testimonial: Back to the Roots

25/04/18

What made you decide to teach in England?

I grew up in England and have always wanted to come back to my roots as well as get the opportunity to see some of Europe. I taught for three years in New Zealand and felt as though I was ready for a new and exciting challenge.

· Why did you choose Protocol Education as your agency?

After meeting with several agencies we decided that Protocol seemed the best fit. I found Claire to be so helpful and nothing was ever too much trouble. Claire always answered questions so quickly and was always on the end of the phone when we needed to talk about something regarding the move to the UK whether it be about schools, where to live etc. I also liked the fact that Protocol do not have an umbrella company.

· How did you find the process of registering in New Zealand

Claire was the main reason that we decided to go with Protocol Education. After meeting with Claire we decided that Protocol would be the agency we would go through. Claire was very open, honest and so helpful and made the whole process a breeze. Nothing was ever too much trouble and Claire regularly made phone contact to see how we were feeling and if we had any questions.

· What are the biggest differences you have found between teaching in England and teaching in New Zealand?

The role I currently have in the UK is very different to what I was doing in NZ. I am currently in one school covering teachers that are out of the classroom. It has been fantastic for me as I am gaining experience across all year levels and the best part is everything is all planned for me and no paperwork or out of school hours work! I was originally going to do daily supply work going to different schools each day, but after talking with my consultant in London they were able to find a position that was more suited to me. I love getting to go to the one school each day and getting to build relationships with the students and teachers.

· Tell us 3 things you enjoy most about living in England?

1. TRAVEL - everything is so close, it is amazing getting to just pop to Europe in the holidays.

2. SOCIAL - Being based in London there is always something going on, there is never a dull moment!

3. UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES - There are so many fun experiences to be had!

· Any travel tips or advice to teachers planning to making the move?

Just go with the flow and try not to stress too much before the move. I found that everything was so well organised on Protocol's end that starting work here was a quick and easy process.

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