Ashank Chandra - 2016 Program Participant

What inspired you to go abroad?

I am the most active person when it comes to culture. I love learning about new cultures and travelling is my passion. While travelling the only thing which can give me satisfaction is teaching. So yes, teaching and travelling along with cultural exchange is what I see myself doing for the rest of my life and that's what inspired me to go abroad.

English teachers in India
That's what I call the cool team!

Why did you choose to study TESOL with the Asian College of Teachers?

I chose TESOL because it will allow me to teach globally and I want to teach and touch as many lives as I can.

I chose Asian College of Teachers as that is one of the best colleges that could have provided this course to me. It met all my expectations.

What was your favorite part about Bangalore?

The thing that made my experience unique was meeting such amazing bunch of people on my course. I met people from all across the country, they came from all age groups, and from different cultures too. Finally, I can say that this course not only helped me in becoming a better teacher but also helped me big time to understand the cultural diversity of India

TEFL students in India
The best team ever! #Cheers

How did local staff support you throughout your program?

The trainers: the best of people go ahead and become trainers. I had as my trainer Ms. Anamika Mukherjee and two co-trainers as Mr.Sai Krishna and Ms.Bhargavi, I can with pride say that these were the best people I have ever come across in my life. They had the best of teaching methods, knew their work inside and out. They always made the class a fun place to be, and not only that they helped us roam around the city and we had outings with the entire team.

What's one thing you wish you would have done differently?

I just wish that the course never came to an end. The rest was bang on perfect!

Describe a typical day in the life of your program.

Well, we would get up around 7 a.m. and get ready for the course. We would have breakfast and then walk the three kilometers to the center, to arrive by 9.30 a.m. and start classes. The sessions were enjoyable, with so much of fun and learning. We would usually break for lunch at 1 p.m. After lunch we began another session which was even more interesting than the previous one, and we would wrap things up by 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. After that I would walk back to the place where I was staying, and then it was just about the material preparation for the next day.

Skye Bar in Bangalore, India
Skye Bar, Bangalore! you can actually touch the sky!

What did you enjoy doing in your free time?

Exploring the city was one of my majors. Exploring the bars and the churches of Bangalore was the best part. Trying out all kinds of different south Indian cuisines was indeed delicious (yummm). Walking and seeing the streets of Bangalore was also one of the best things that I did in my free time.

What was your accommodation like? What did you like best about it?

I was staying in a P.G. (paying guest house). It was on a sharing basis. The best part was the people in the P.G. and my roommate of course, my partner in crime, my brother, and yes one of my many trainees on the course. His name was Shwetadri Chakaraborty and he was the best thing about my stay in Bangalore. The location and the view of rainbows from my window after the rains of Bangalore was also a memorable part about my stay.

What is one thing every participant should know before participating in your program?

First and foremost your level of English should be good. Other than that I can say that you should be mentally prepared for having the best time of your life.

Now that you're home, how has your program abroad impacted your life?

It has impacted my life really very dynamically. It is one footprint which will never be erased from my life. Now that I am home I am eligible to apply for many jobs outside my home country, and now I can finally teach and touch lives.

Would you recommend the Asian College of Teachers to others? Why?

I will recommend this certificate course to everyone who aspires to be an English Language Teacher: with this you can kickstart your career. I'll say this is a prerequisite in the field of English Language Teaching.