Antonia, a British Secondary Teacher, shares with us her experience of moving to Melbourne, Australia in 2018 with anzuk.
Q:When did you arrive in Australia and what made you decide to make the move?
A: I arrived in Australia at the end of July 2018. I had recently graduated from university in England and thought it would be nice to have a break but also maintain my teaching skills abroad. Australia was the perfect destination for this, especially teaching Physical Education in the sun.
Q: Which city are you living in and what do you love about it?
A: I’m currently living in Melbourne which is a beautiful city where you can experience all four seasons in a day. Aside from the unpredictable weather Melbourne is full of places to visit from amazing cafes, food festivals, rooftop bars and scenic places to explore with friends.
Q: What was most challenging about the process of moving to Australia and how did you overcome these challenges?
A: Well football is now soccer, a plaster is a band-aid and a hoover is now a vacuum cleaner, haha! I was very organised when moving and that limited any challenges that I had. I was also fortunate enough to have a friend to move in with which eliminated any housing issues. Not having a car has created minor issues however there has always been Uber or public transport around.
Q: How would you compare teaching in Australia to teaching in the UK?
A: I was a cover teacher in England for a while before moving here and I can say 100% that the school atmosphere in Australia is a lot more relaxed and in general the schools are so much bigger. Australian schools cater for all of their cultures and nationalities which has helped me to differentiate when teaching, especially with EAL students.
Q: What advice would you offer other teachers moving from the UK to Australia?
- Organisation is key to a relaxed start!
- Expect students to ask you how to say “I’m going to have tea with the queen”
- Give yourself a week to get over jetlag
- Give everything a go!
- Don’t hold back when new school experiences arise which are out of your comfort zone.
- Do not be nervous! Everyone is very helpful and there are plenty of work opportunities so your pockets will not be empty
Q: Would you recommend anzuk Education to your friends and colleagues? If so, why?
A: I would definitely recommend anzuk to anyone! I have been provided with a lot of work in my specialty subject in addition to an enormous amount of other opportunities to expand my knowledge of teaching. I have worked in Islamic schools, Catholic Schools and Special needs schools all of which were eye opening experiences in their own way. All of these opportunities have been at my choice to accept and anzuk have provided a lot of support, for example Special Needs Professional Development Courses. They are aware that I do not have a car so have tried to place me at schools which are within an accessible distance by walking or public transport which has been perfect.
Aside from the work anzuk supported my whole journey when moving to Australia right from when I was booking my flights to now (4/5 months in) with the odd check up here and there.