When opportunity knocks or is pursued…

December 8, 2008 at 9:35 am | Posted in Shift, Travel | 2 Comments
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Great opportunities don’t often come from ease. I’m reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell who makes the argument that it’s not just talent, intelligence and drive that creates great success, but also opportunity available from circumstances beyond our control.

londonI have moved overseas at a time when I had reached a good deal of security and comfort in the US. But being a restless individual with a dream to travel, I pursued opportunities to work as an educator overseas. In the last 15 months I have grown professionally through my position away from the classroom as an ed tech specialist, learned to live in and appreciate a new country and culture and traveled to 8 countries and on 3 continents. I couldn’t have done that on a teacher’s salary in the US and the opportunities to expand positions and experience as an educator in US schools is more limited.  I have also become friends with colleagues and worked with students who have lived all over the world. Although I miss my family and friends back in New Hampshire each day, this has been a challenging and greatly rewarding new phase in my life.

What opportunities in your life have been presented to you or that you have pursued that have changed your life in a positive manner?



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  1. Nancy,
    What an inspiring story. It’s the best time to try something new, when you feel settled and comfortable in your routine. I also am a restless individual, who has spent the last 20 years of my life in education. I was in the classroom for almost 15, and then three years ago started my own educational publishing company. It’s a small business but very rewarding. I’m still creating lessons and meeting lots of devoted teachers. The nice thing about it is that I can run it anywhere.

    I too have a dream to travel, and since I’ve spent a good part of the last 4 years learning Spanish, I’d like to settle in a Spanish speaking country.

    Can you share with me how you came to find the American School you are currently in?


  2. I started with a recruiting agency, ISS, Search Associates, TIE Online, among others. When you join with them you have access to many schools around the world.
    You can also do a search online, for example: “Argentina International School elementary” and you’ll find many school websites. You can then check their links for employment information.
    That’s how I started… let me know if you need more help…

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