I’m a bit of a nomad. I grew up in UK, my dad having emigrated from Jamaica and falling in love with an English woman stayed in the UK to make life easy for her. Family life wasn’t all roses and I left school with nothing. I fell in love over a mug of soup and married a year later after my 19th birthday.
Five years later my hubby got an overseas job working with British Aid for the Solomon Island Govt; I got to work as a volunteer for one hour per day [expats were not allowed to take a local person’s possible job, unless you are more qualified] teaching as an unqualified teacher at a local school in a Kindergarten class of 72 children.
After seven wonderful, joyful years in the Islands we had to return to the UK.
I went to Tech for a year to get some basic qualifications in Maths and English to enter Uni.
Once I had my basic entrance for Uni, we emigrated to Perth WA. My hubby got a position at the main hospital within a week and I went to Uni for 4yrs to become a fully qualified teacher with honours [that was tough – learning to study, my head hurt the first year from the brain exercise]. I taught for three years in Perth, WA.
2001, we returned to the Islands! There had been a civil war and the Aussie govt warned expatriats not to return or visit but we had an opportunity [that’s another story] and there we were once again. My hubby returned to working at the local hospital as Chief Pharmacist as requested by the local people. We started a primary school, trained teachers to run it and admin staff so it became properly locally funded, with all students graduating in the top 10% to get a place in the very limited spaces of high school. Solomon Islands became our home and the people our family.
Christmas 2009, we returned to Perth, WA. My hubby couldn’t get work so we moved to South Australia [SA] where he now works in a SA hospital. I taught in a local school for 5 years.
So, I thought - What shall I do now? – maybe I should try to work online . . . and here I am.