An Asian Working Overseas
by Leela Raj
Walking through London streets and browsing the classifieds and internet for school teaching jobs was an experience worth remembering for an Indian school teacher.
I arrived in London with a HSMP work visa given for one year and made a survey of the schools in a couple of counties. Walk-in interviews and written applications did not yield many results.
Efforts to gain entry in to a school while it was in session finally resulted in me getting a teaching assistance job in a popular school. I loved the work, which was purely voluntary, and for half a day. The knowledge I gained in that school about the education system in UK, English society and the rich history of that country made my visit a worthwhile one.
Discrimination towards Asians - sometimes by Asians themselves - was appalling. Ten months of my one year's visa passed by and I was not hired on a regular basis by anyone.
My savings were exhausted and by the end of the 12th month I took my flight back home to India. I am a qualified and experienced teacher, passionate about my work as a teacher, trainer and mentor, yet this is what I had to go through in looking for work abroad.
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