Kenneth is a 35 year old from the United States. He has been employed his whole life, the last seven years as a massage therapist. Kenneth has traveled around the world twice.Interviewed on - 19 June 2016
What inspired you to go abroad?
My life back home in the United States was beautiful. I had a stable career, great pay, benefits, my own apartment near the beach. I had ascertained my independent lifestyle in sunny Southern California, but deep down inside my heart and soul I needed something more. I required substance and depth, culture and adventure. I needed to go abroad and see the world. I sold my awesome Chevy Tahoe, gave up my apartment, quite my job, and purchased a one way ticket overseas.
I settled on my program based on its specific location, affordability, and country desirability. I had always wanted to visit Thailand, so I decided on attending my class program in Bangkok. There were many other options and Bangkok is hectic and loud, not to mention smoggy and hot, but I was compelled to attend my program here. It was everything I expected and more. It was challenging on every level and I loved it.
My favorite part about my host country and city is that I had the ability to sightsee the countless nearby cultural and historical sights that were in Bangkok. I loved the outdoor markets and temples; there are so many which kept me busy during the times when I was free from my studies. I could even travel by metro to get from point A to point B within the city very quickly, which made life easy for me. I could even take the bus or train to reach further beyond the hustle bustle city of Bangkok if i decided to explore the outer regions beyond the city. Everything in Thailand is at your fingertips: food, transportation, and sightseeing.
I traveled abroad for eight months starting in Nepal. I was there for earthquake volunteer work and travel. I spent 45 days in Nepal and it was amazing. I ventured into India and spent another 45 days sightseeing. I went from Kolkata to New Delhi up to Rishikesh and down to Goa, where I met a beautiful girl who was from Turkey and we fell in love. I traveled India all by train. It was a spectacular experience!
I headed to Egypt for a week and then over to Turkey to see and live with the girl of my dreams. I left Turkey to attend my program in Thailand, which was amazing, and then I went back to Turkey to see my girlfriend. After my visa expired, I flew to Amsterdam, trained it to France, and walked 128 miles (206 km) from southern France to Spain on the famous pilgrimage The Camino Compostela de Santiago.
All of my travels were unique and special to my heart. There is so much more to what I experienced than what I have written here, but that is for my heart and my soul. To really get the idea of what happened during my eight-month adventure one would have to literally go experience it for themselves.
The local staff was very helpful and extremely avaliable all of the time. I am grateful for my teachers and my program staff.
I don't wish I would have done anything differently. I am happy with how my adventure unfolded.
The typical day in the life of my program was demanding. The program required all students to be up and in class by 8 a.m. We were to participate all day in class until about 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. in the evening. We had lunch breaks as well a short 15 minute break. We learned a lot, and in the end, it was very much worth it.
In my free time i enjoyed spending time with my fellow classmates, sightseeing, and experiencing the nightlife in Bangkok, which was insane and so fun!
The accommodation was perfect. Everything from room service and laundry was provided. The hotel restaurant was very tasty and very affordable. The program was located within the hotel accommodation, which was convenient because after a long day of studying and learning walking back to the room only took five minutes.
Be ready to learn! Be open minded and enjoy the process!
My life has changed dramatically. I am now searching for a job to teach abroad. My goal is to teach in China, but I'm open to teaching anywhere and everywhere. Before I left to travel I could only work on the U.S. Now, I can literally work anywhere in the world.
Having that ability to work abroad, teaching English and helping students learn, has been life changing and profoundly powerful on my life as a whole.
I would recommend my program to others; I have already! The program will change your life, allow you to experience true freedom, and will help a person grow mentally and spiritually.