It’s only mid-September and yet the rest of 2014 is virtually planned out for me. Slightly scary!
As far as travelling goes, there’s a lot coming up from a trip to Morocco, another to Kentucky and potentially a return trip at the very end/start of the year to Seville. To say it’s all slightly daunting (and that my bank account is whimpering) is an understatement.
Trips aren’t the only thing that will be occupying a lot of my time… from next month I’ll be a student again.
I’ll be taking a 140 hour (90 day) online course in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). TEFL is something I’ve been casually looking into in the past year or so but just never took the plunge. Granted, this won’t give me an international certification but it will at least give me a solid foundation to do some private tutoring and, most importantly, give me the opportunity to find out if TEFL could be a career option for me down the line. Fingers crossed! It’s a bit exciting and slightly intimidating… I haven’t been a student since 2008. Yeah, it’s online but there’s still tests and stuff. With that comes the inevitable self doubt and thoughts of failure. I’m sure it’ll be fine though.
What else is there?
Oh yeah. At the start of 2015 I’ll be looking at putting in an application for a British passport/citizenship. So there’s that too. Originally I was against the idea of having dual nationality… it almost felt like a betrayal to my identity as an American. But I’ve given it lots of thought and reflection (and talked to fellow expats) and the pros of having a British passport far outweigh the cons. So I’m going for it.
Pile on the stress, eh?