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Britney Hazeldine

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2016 Teach & Volunteer Abroad Scholarship Finalist - Britney Hazeldine
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Britney Hazeldine
Occupation: Media / TV
Age: 22
Home Country: New Zealand

Britney Hazeldine has a case of wanderlust. The 22-year-old wants to travel in a meaningful way so using her strong grasp of her mother tongue seems a natural fit. The English language is her first love, she says. This led her to complete a Bachelor of Communications and she added to storytelling capabilities by majoring in video production. Not to mention she’s a master blogger. “I’ve also been writing my own blog for six years now… You can often find me curled up in bed typing away with a cup of tea, trying to connect with people living worlds apart.” It’s that ability to connect with people from all corners of the world which Britney want’s to develop. The vibrant personality is ready to take her “big ol’ heart to the other side of the world” and help inspire students to reach their full potential.

Why are you passionate about teaching English abroad?

What lights me up inside more than anything is connecting with people. To be able to do that, but overseas and in a meaningful manner excites me in a way I can’t fully explain. Just the idea of being able to help those in a world so very different to mine, as well as helping them to grow makes me want to get up and go right now!

I’m a Kiwi (New Zealander) born and bred. This country is beautiful and I’m so lucky to call it home. But I’ve stepped foot outside of it only once in my short 23 years and I have the biggest case of wanderlust. I want to travel. But I want to travel in a more meaningful way. I want to make deep connections and teaching English abroad is the right fit for me. I want to make a difference in the lives of people who haven’t grown up in a world like mine. I want to see them smile and shine.

What experience/skills can you apply to teaching English abroad?

In terms of English as a language. It is my mother tongue. I loved it so much that in high school I ended up taking two different English classes, back to back. Meaning I had four English classes in a week. It was my first love. And, I can’t wait to share that love with children in another country.

After high school I moved onto university choosing to complete a Bachelors Degree of Communications. I did this namely because my English teacher told me it was a good choice to make for Journalism. Needless to say I fell in love with a different craft, that being video production (crafting stories through images) and majored in that instead. I spent three years writing, crafting and feeding my love of English. And of course, I learnt how to communicate effectively.

I’ve also been writing my own blog for six years now. Whew! Thats a long time. You can often find me curled up in bed typing away with a cup of tea, trying to connect with people living worlds apart. It really is that connection that I love in blogging. It has been through blogging that I’ve developed my writing style and found my voice through words and I owe it a lot in terms of my use of the English language.

Probably more important than any of that is the fact that I have a large family. Being the eldest of eight grandchildren I’ve fostered patience and love for children. I have six younger cousins ageing between 3 and 7 and though I may have grown up an only child these little munchkins have taught me so much. Communicating with them and seeing them grow into their own little characters is so special. I would love to make connections such as these on this trip.

Why do you believe you will be effective in teaching English abroad?

Like I said earlier my favourite thing in the world is connecting with people. I believe this love of connecting is something that can be applied to teaching English. I am patient, driven and enthusiastic. All qualities which are important when teaching another language. I care and I want to help more than anything.

I have a big heart. Often at times I feel things so much that I’m not even going through. I always used to look at this as me being sensitive and silly. But really, thats what drives me and thats how I connect. If I can take my big ol’ heart to the other side of the world and share my love with people, I know I’ll do a good job in helping them reach their full potential.

What are you looking to gain from the experience?

This will be an experience of a lifetime and I just know it will have an amazing impact on my life and perspective. I’m most excited to immerse myself in a culture so completely different to the one I’ve grown up in. To teach, connect and see children learn and to make a lasting impact on peoples lives.

It’s true; I want to teach these kids. But I’m sure they’ll end up teaching me a lot of things too. They’ll shift my perspective and open my heart and eyes to so many different things. I’ll find myself in a world so different to my own. And I would love to share my journey on my blog and youtube. So other people can be inspired to travel, to connect and to really live their lives to the full potential. Because thats what I want to do and I know with a little motivation others will have the courage to do that too!

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