The Next Chapter

It’s with a heavy heart that I say, today I have decided to leave Dang Tuan Language Centre (DTLC). Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus, schools are closed until further notice to protect students from the virus, meaning we have been unable to teach for the last week. DTLC, as a business, were unable to offer us full pay which meant I have to try and find work elsewhere. I have had an amazing experience in the time I have spent with DTLC, and would love to work with them again in the future.

Since I decided I was leaving this morning (approx. 12 hours ago) I have been extensively job searching and researching my options. I have made lists upon lists to try and figure out my next steps. Going back to the UK just isn’t an option for me; I have mentally prepared to be away for at least 6 months, and therefore I’m determined to make this trip work, despite the uncertain times in this part of the world.

So far, I have had emails back about teaching full time in Jakarta, teaching Chinese students online via the Palfish app and a position teaching evenings and weekends in Vietnam. I have also applied for jobs in Thailand, Cambodia and South Korea. I am going to Hanoi on Sunday and will need to leave the country by next Friday because of my visa expiration. Given the amount of progress I have made today, I am quietly confident I will have more of an idea which direction I will take in the next few days.

I feel my decision was fairly impulsive; I have never quit a job before without having something else lined up! But on reflection I think I have made the right decision. I turned to my sister in law, Sarah, for some advice when I wasn’t sure what to do, and she said ‘be strong, it will work out. I’m a great believer in fate’. The universe has a funny way of making things work out just as they are supposed to. Where next? Tbc…

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