About

Hey! How’s it going?

My name’s Jessica and I’m from England. I’m a world travelling teacher, covering over 45 countries in 6 different continents (just Antartica to teach in now).

Here’s a little bit of my story:

I started my career in teaching in 2012 after completing the PGCE at Southampton University, England. After being a Primary School class teacher and doing supply work for 2 and a half years, I decided to take a career break.

From January 2015, my life changed. I initially planned to be away for 9 months doing mission work, travelling and working as a teacher abroad. For 3 months, I was in South Africa with ICS Tearfund leading a team, while being involved with voluntary work. Then I  travelled around South East Asia for a month before settling in Thailand to teach.

After teaching in a private school in Bangkok for 6 months, I decided not to go back to England but travel around South-East Asia before moving to Sydney. I was base there for a year, teaching foreign adults English, but also travelled around Australia and Fiji.

Once my year visa was up, I travelled New Zealand, more of Oz and other parts of Asia. It was then time to celebrate Christmas and New Year with family and friends in England before moving on again.

My last adventure was on a new continent: South America. I travelled Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador for 6 weeks before attending an orientation in Bogotá, Colombia and moving to Medellin to teach English.

I have been working as an English Teacher for 4 months at SENA to mostly young adults as well as private tutoring and teaching online, which was a new experience.

Now it’s time to be a backpacker again, travelling Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, England, some countries in Eastern Europe and The USA.

I have now started to brand myself so I can help fellow budget backpackers, travelling teachers, share my experiences, tips as a world traveller and start teaching more people English online. If you want English lessons online, please feel free to contact me.

This blog started as a personal diary to share my life, travels, adventures and experiences as a teacher in different countries.

17 Comments

  1. carolinehelbig

    Very cool story. I envy your lifestyle as a travelling teacher. Thanks for the follow . Enjoy your adventures!

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  2. Cynthia

    Sounds like quite an adventure. Thanks for visiting my Waltzing Australia blog. Happy travels.

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  3. Image Earth Travel

    You’ll have a blast in the rest of SA – spectacular continent!
    Great site!
    Many thanks for stopping by and following my Travel and Photography site. 🙂

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    1. Image Earth Travel

      Forgot to ask, is your site’s banner a picture of The Whitsunday’s and Whitehaven?

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      1. veggietravellingteacher (Post author)

        Yes, the banner is a photo I took of The Whitsunday’s and Whitehaven; an amazing place.

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  4. iwannabealady

    You’ve got a beautiful story to share. So many think that they have to be stuck in the same traditional lifestyles. It’s so inspiring to see you living out your dreams and using you skills in a way that suits you. Truly, Lyz 🙂

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  5. Alice Wheatley

    Hi there, I am literally about to get my teacher training (SCITT) and PGCE top up qualifications over the next two years with my partner to do exactly what you have been doing travelling and teaching abroad – have you tried to get a job teaching primary as you would have in England at all? And if so is it possible? And how difficult is it to get teaching jobs abroad with British qualifications? Thanks! – Alice

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    1. veggietravellingteacher (Post author)

      Hey, awesome! Thanks for looking at my blog. In Thailand, I was in a private, primary school, teaching English, Maths and Science. I tried when I was in Australia but it cost too much and takes too long as it is complicated because you have to go through lots of agents and government platforms.
      However, having the qualification and experience has been a great advantage for me as I could ask for higher pay in Thailand, I didn’t have to get the CELTA in Australia. It’s extremely easy to get a teaching job abroad! 😀

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  6. Donna

    Thanks for the follow, Jessica! And Happy travels!

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  7. Leo

    Hey Jessica,

    Have a similar enough background to yourself. I did ICS Raleigh out in India for example. I was just wondering if I PM you with some questions about the SENA programme in Medellin.

    Best,

    Leo

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    1. veggietravellingteacher (Post author)

      Hi Leo,
      Of course you can message me with some questions. It may be easier to send a message through Facebook possibly.
      Jessica

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  8. Catherine

    Great to see you using your qualifications to travel, best way to live and learn, such rich experiences and get paid to do iy👍🏼

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  9. Katy

    Thank you for following my blog! I hope you enjoy my travel stories as I will enjoy yours! A question: My husband and I are going to Tanzania in February with a private tour guide. We need to buy travel insurance. Any advice? Is it better to buy one trip insurance or make a monthly payment for perpetual insurance? We travel often and intend to travel even more.

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  10. Nia

    My lengthy comment has disappeared but wont try to replicate just yet. Just to say what a brilliant blog. Really inspiring and thrilling to read of someone who has just gone out there and done what so many just dream about. Look forward to lots more from your journey.

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  11. ianscyberspace

    Having travelled extensively in my time I really admire your pluck going backpacking around South America. I think I need to send up a few prayers for your safety! lol. Just don’t try doing that in Pakistan and Afghanistan or countries like that. I know of some horror stories for women who’ve done that, and that is when they were travelling with a man escort!

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  12. Winnie

    Awesome lifestyle you have there…

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    1. veggietravellingteacher (Post author)

      Thank, it’s one I always dreamed about!

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