I’m a Brit.  Born and raised in a little town called Camberley in Surrey.  Surrey is one of the “home counties” of the UK, which are the counties that surround London.  For anyone who’s a Harry Potter fan; 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey is basically the suburban house I grew up in and the school I was lucky enough to attend looked pretty much like Hogwarts.  College for me was like an episode of The Inbetweeners.

Growing up in Surrey was a suburban paradise.  Surrey is close enough to get into London easily but with the “Surrey Hills” being an area of outstanding natural beauty on your doorstep you didn’t always want to!  There are lots of beautiful old buildings, traditional pubs and cute little villages. If you like history (like me) then a visit to Runnymede in Egham, Surrey will have to be on your to do list for the UK to see the sealing of the Magana Carta in 1215.

With my history degree, I had always planned to be a teacher as fate took it’s hold I landed an job in Education recruitment and in my mid 20’s I decided there’s nothing quite like working in the buzz of the big smoke and I travelled into the city (a 45- minute train journey) to work on Borough High Street.

So, what’s so great about London? When I was working there, I felt like I was in the centre of the world.  Whatever is going on you were the first to know about it. The vibrancy is infectious and perhaps the fact that there are 7,000 pubs in the capital alone means that the social scene is just phenomenal.  There’s nothing quite like it. For me, West End Shows and the Notting Hill Carnival top the list of “must-do’s” but the list is endless!

I’d always enjoyed travel and in my mid 20’s I got serious about which countries I wanted to visit.  I’m now up to 22 and living in Europe is the best platform to be able to travel often and cheaply. From long weekends in Bruges to summer holidays sailing Croatia, working in education in the UK is the best way to maximize travel capacity.  

There really is nothing like helping teachers to work and travel and giving educators the support to have the confidence to make the move and have an amazing time is rewarding for me.

Do get in touch with me if you want to have a chat, any question is not too silly and I love introducing educators to other educators, helping them to make friends to travel together.

-Jackie Driver

Jackie.d@anzuk.education