Hello, my name is Diane and I am fifty five years old, about to retire from a long career in college administration. I am enrolled in the International TEFL Academy located in Florence, starting October 17th and am so excited. I have been a college instructor as well as the Dean of Enrollment during the past 20 years. I hold both a Bachelors and Masters degree, and in fact did my research for my Master's thesis in Florence during two trips in 2005 and 2006 respectively. I fell in love with the country then and have returned many times since.
My long-time dream was to retire relatively young and move to Italy to teach English. I will be able to support myself with my retirement income relatively well but want to work so I can make a little extra money to travel and also working would integrate me into the local community as well. I am a little concerned that my age will be a factor in the hiring process but am willing to pursue any opportunities that may be available to me. My children are grown, married and independent so I am ready to do this!
I have located a place to live during my training and will return to the US for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday but hope to return in early January to start a teaching job.
Any help, advice or words of encouragement - especially about jobs would be greatly appreciated!