Teaching Traveling: Want inspiration and guidance about how to travel the world by teaching ESL abroad? Behold the fabulous story of Nicole!
Nicole, Tell us a bit about your background.
Nicole: Hi all. I’m Nicole Brewer from Detroit, MI. I attended the University of Michigan and moved to Chicago where I worked in market research for a few years before being laid off. I found a job teaching abroad in South Korea and over 5 years later I’m still trotting around the globe teaching, currently in Oman. I attended grad school last year in Germany and did a 3 month research stay in South Africa before returning to Oman for another round of ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher. I’ve managed to travel extensively during my time teaching abroad in Asia and the Middle East, trotting to close to 40 countries.
TT: Wow! Tell us more about your most interesting travels.
N: One of my most interesting travels would have to had been the 3 months I spent in Cape Town, South Africa last summer. I was so grateful to be accepted to do a summer research stay as part of my graduate studies with the Erasmus Mundus program I did in Germany last year. My graduate program is called NOHA (Network on Humanitarian Action), which I did in order to help with my long term goals of starting a travel related NGO/nonprofit inspiring youth to study and travel abroad.
During my time in Cape Town, I researched for my thesis and worked an internship at Sonke Gender Justice Institute. It was such an eye-opening experience living in Cape Town, going to UWC (University of the Western Cape) and also interning part time at such an amazing organization that is helping women and children. That experience of being in South Africa will forever stay with me.
TT: How did you find the money to fund this travel?
N: I received a scholarship through the Erasmus Mundus program that assisted with my living expenses to study abroad and work in Cape Town, South Africa.