I’ve hit my 3-month anniversary in New Zealand! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been here that long. I’m a quarter of the way through my year visa. Eep! It really is a race against time!
Even though I’ve been here for a while there are a few little differences between New Zealand and Canada that I still can’t get over…
So far I’ve been enjoying life in New Zealand. I’ve travelled the North Island and saw all the things I wanted to see – don’t worry, the blogs and videos are coming. It’s been fun but so far I can only say New Zealand is just okay. I think this is because of my expectations. New Zealand has been at the top of my to-travel list for so many years, I’ve built up such high expectations, and unlike my love and expectations for Thailand, New Zealand that hasn’t quite been met yet. I’ve been told the South Island will change this. We will have to wait and see if that’s true.
I’m currently in Wellington looking for a job. It’s a tough search at the moment and not looking too optimistic. I’ve been told Wellington basically closes down over the holidays and will pick back up in the New Year. It’s a little disheartening. I feel like I’m sitting in limbo. There aren’t any jobs so I could go travel the South Island a bit but without something lined up it is hard to budget or to know when to come back to the city. *sigh*
But I’m keeping busy anyways. I’ve started taking a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) course. Teaching English was always something I considered but I never thought I would be a good teacher. While talking to fellow travellers at the hostel here, I realized that it is something I would like to do. I have a passion for languages and would always get excited to learn new languages myself. It seems like a good way to earn some money while living abroad and try to pass this love of languages onto the next generation. Besides, I come from a family of teachers so no one is really surprised that I’m moving into this direction.
I’m hoping to line up a job teaching for when my New Zealand visa expires in September. In the meantime, hopefully I’ll find any job in Wellington soon and then travel the South Island and part of Australia before starting life as a teacher. This way I won’t have to go back to Canada and can continue with my life as a serial expat.