Hi, my name's Richard and I've been living and teaching in Poland for 10 years now. I didn't expect I'd be writing that when I first arrived in September 2005, but I've no regrets and moving here was definitely the best decision I've made since before choosing to study Physics at the University of Manchester.
I started my teaching career at IH Toruń to get some experience before moving somewhere hot and sunny, near a beach (there's too much competition for these kinds of jobs for inexperienced teachers). I kept coming back because I fell in love with the place, and with my fiance, and it was also a great school for professional development. After 7 years though, I felt I'd gone as far as I could and moved to Wrocław to continue developing professionally - the school here is also a highly-respected teacher training centre; I wanted to finally do my Delta, and hopefully get into teacher training in the future. Wrocław is very similar to Toruń in many respects, they're both beautiful cities centred around atmospheric squares. Wrocław is just a bit bigger, with more bridges, and more to do.
I chose to become an English teacher because I wanted to travel and see different places, but as more than just a tourist. I love teaching because I'm quite a sociable person, who likes to help others; seeing people making progress and achieving their goals is one of the most satisfying aspects of the job. No day or lesson is ever the same so every day I get to do something different.
I'm really looking forward to meeting up with students and teachers both old and new this academic year.