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Protocol Testimonial: Kaitlin (Canada)

22/06/17

What made you decide to teach in England?

- It can be difficult to find a teaching job in Ontario, so I decided to take a big step and move to England to teach. I had never had the opportunity to travel before, so it was also a great chance for me to see more of the world. Combining work with travel was perfect! I also chose England because of the similarities between Canada and England (especially the language!)

 Why did you choose Protocol Education as your agency?

- I first considered teaching in England when I attended a job fair at Queen’s University. I met Melissa at the Protocol booth and she was awesome – she answered my questions and gave me lots of information. I loved all the different options I had through Protocol. I knew I wasn’t able to commit to a full year abroad, so Protocol’s Guarantee Work Agreement was a perfect fit for me. The whole process was very simple and I felt supported throughout my entire journey.

 How did you find the process of registering in Canada?

- Registering was simple! The website was easy to navigate, and all I had to do was input my information. Melissa was very helpful with the registration process and I loved that she had been through the process herself and was able to provide her own insight into everything.

 What are the biggest differences you have found between teaching in England and teaching in Canada?

- I found that there was a lot of consistency across different schools – for example, I was in two different year 1 classes but they were both learning the same material.

- There is more marking in England vs. Canada. Any work that students complete must be marked, even if it’s “practice” work.

- I found that presentation of work was valued very highly – neatness, using a ruler, date in the correct format, etc.

- A period is called a “full stop!” This really threw me off the first time.

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

- There was so much diversity! I loved being able to meet and learn about so many different people and cultures. This also applies to food – I tried so many delicious foods that I hadn’t had before.

- There was always something to see or do. I never got tired of exploring London! It’s absolutely beautiful and I was constantly in awe of all the amazing things I got to see and do.

- The ease of travelling. Schools have a break every 6 weeks – the perfect opportunity for some travel!

- I also had some weekend get aways too. Flights were so cheap, and I usually booked somewhere to stay using Air BnB. I had some amazing trips without having to burn a hole in my wallet.

Any travel tips or advice for teachers planning on making the move?

- Consider transportation routes when deciding where to live. The closest train station was a 20 minute walk away from me, which was usually fine but a bit of a drag on rainy days.

- Take advantage of school holidays and travel, travel, travel! It was so cheap to travel when I was living in London – I was able to get to Scotland, Ireland, and different parts of England, and I was only there for 3 months!

Would you recommend Protocol Education to your friends and family?

- Absolutely! I have only good things to say about Protocol and I would definitely recommend Protocol Education for anyone considering making the move to England to teach.

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