Nicola enjoying the desert in Huaccahina, Peru.

Nicola graduated from Liverpool John Moores in 2007 where she gained a BA (Hons) in Media and Cultural Studies. She thoroughly enjoyed her three years of study but was unclear where to go next. Therefore she grabbed her rucksack and set off on her travels buying a one-way ticket to Malaysia where she hopped around South-East Asia for a few months (putting her Cultural Studies degree into practice!!).

Nicola on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

She then took part in a month long CELTA course (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as she wanted to be able to teach English as she travelled. Living and studying in Ho Chi Minh was hectic to say the least, but a lot of fun.

With the CELTA qualification under her belt Nicola headed to the tiny island of Taiwan planning to teach English there for six months. Living and working in Taiwan was one of the best experiences of her life and six months rolled into two years! The lack of spoken English was a challenge but the sun, friendly people and beautiful island helped make it wonderful.

Nicola with her Grade 3 English class in Taiwan.

Leaving Taiwan was difficult but her next stop was South America where she travelled by land from Venezuela to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and finally Argentina. It was a really exciting time and the perfect contrast to her previous experiences in Asia.

Nicola testing her nerves biking The Death Road in Bolivia.

With an improved knowledge of Spanish (although that seems to have disappeared now) and plenty of unforgettable South American memories Nicola returned to England, Manchester (where she is from) after about 4 years away (reverse culture shock!!). Unfortunately she joined the other 2.7 million unemployed people in the UK. Following a challenging couple of months, Nicola landed on her feet with an Internship at The University of Lincoln.

The internship is definitely different to teaching English but it’s a great new challenge which has proved to be as diverse and interesting as she had wanted, no day is ever the same. Plus it’s definitely opened her mind to a career in the Higher Education Sector.

Her weekends are now spent exploring Lincoln as this is her first time living here and visiting as much of the UK as possible because she has missed it (and its food) a great deal.

Nic getting soaked at Iguazu Falls, Argentina.


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