This year, if everything goes to plan, I am going to do something I’ve wanted to do for some time and live and work abroad.
As of next week I’ll be studying on a CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) course for two days a week at Gloucester College. CELTA is one of the more widely recognised qualifications that prepare people to teach English as a foreign language. The course lasts five months, finishing towards the end of June.
There are some significant birthdays (the kind that end in a zero) amongst family and friends in July and so my plan at the moment is to be heading off for Central or South America around early August time.
Hopefully by then I’ll have narrowed it down to a more specific locality.
I have loads to do before I go. I’ve got to get the house ready for rental, sort out my finances, finish all the work that I’m doing and put a business plan in place for what we’ll do with Data Unlocked while I’m gone. I expect that August is going to come around really quickly.
As of next week I’ll be reducing the time I spend on paid work to a three day week. I’m in the fortunate position that a lot of that time is already earmarked for the projects I’m currently working on. I’ll still be able to fit some other work, but I won’t be taking any large projects on before I go.
So, wish me luck. I’ll use this blog to record my travels and adventures, so it’ll be easy to keep in touch.