Mirror Works: Learning Verve; TEACHING ENGLISH SPELLED END OF CAREER IN BANKING
Byline: BY TRICIA PHILLIPS
WHEN Mandy Bright took a career break after 15 years in banking she had no idea it would lead to a totally different job.
"I can't believe how much my life has changed," says Mandy. "I started as a volunteer but I'm now teaching as a career and I love it."
Mandy, 35, from Brighton, went on a three-month voluntary teaching and community development trip in Mexico.
"I liked the idea of doing a Tefl course Teaching English as a Foreign Language in a community that would benefit from the teaching," says Mandy.
"I had always wanted to go to Mexico so I picked there to go - and I absolutely loved it. But I loved the teaching even more.
"It ticks all the boxes of what I want to do. It doesn't matter how bad my day has been in class, everything is fine," she adds.
Mandy approached teaching as a one-off experience. "But I fell in love with it," she says. "There are some similarities with my old job at the bank, with its structures and processes, but it's so different.
"And in order to be an effective language teacher you need those structures and processes.
"But while you have to follow a line to be effective in a bank, teaching allows an element of creativity.
"I can be my own person, which I really enjoy."
Her trip was co-ordinated by volunteer group Global Vision International (GVI).
And she liked the experience so much she went back after her first three months, joining the staff team and teaching other volunteers.
She spent a total of nine months there. "I gained such great experience, and I eventually organised the volunteers programme," she says.
"The people I taught helped to fuel my passion for teaching. I never realised work could be so rewarding and satisfying.
"There was one student who'd been told if he didn't learn English he'd get sacked from his job in a car hire firm.
"He was really upset in the first lesson and worried about losing his job. …