Interview with Hannah West, St Giles Juniors
Hannah trained as a teacher at St Giles Brighton where she completed her Cambridge CELTA in 2011. As one of the star trainees on the course, she got a job as a teacher at St Giles Brighton where she worked for a year. She has since moved to Prague and then Spain, however, she still works for St Giles Juniors in the summer months. For the last two summers, Hannah has been working as the Academic Manager at our centre in Canterbury.
When and why did you start getting involved with junior summer camps?
I had already worked for St Giles Brighton and when I got back from Prague I saw that there was a summer centre in Canterbury, my hometown. I applied for the job because I knew the school had a good reputation and I could be close to my family. Plus, it’s a real honour to work in King’s school and within the cathedral grounds.
What do you like about working at St Giles Juniors?
I love working in a small team and we become like a family every year. Everyone is so supportive and helpful and we really look out for each other. I’ve also been able to develop professionally within the company, starting with St Giles as a teacher and being promoted to Academic Manager after two years.
What is your favourite moment in the summer?
It’s hard to choose but there are probably two top moments for me. The talent show was great this year, the staff and students were singing, dancing, performing magic tricks and various other things. I also liked ‘Girls vs Boys’ which involved a lot of rather revolting tasks like getting covered in shaving foam and having marshmallows thrown at your face, the atmosphere was great and the students loved it.
What’s your favourite activity?
I really enjoy the Eco-fashion show, Girls vs Boys and the Talent Show. All of our activities are brilliant though and lots of fun!
What’s your number one tip for teaching in the summer?
Always end the lesson on a high for example by setting up a fun speaking activity or the students’ favourite… a game.
Have you got any advice for people wanting to get into TEFL Management?
I’d advise you to work as a teacher first to really get to know how things are from that side of things. You’ve got to be patient, organized and able to think on your feet.