Born in a former Portuguese colony in India and raised in England, I learned pretty much everything there was to know about multiculturalism while I was still in primary school, and have been in love with travel, culture and language ever since.
I left school with absolutely no idea what I wanted to do and spent a year working as a teaching assistant before starting university, where I ended up doing lots of stints in education-related jobs and volunteer positions. After graduating, I completed the CELTA at International House London, finally realised that teaching was the career for me, and hopped on the first plane out of London.
Fast-forward to 2015 and I’m getting ready for my second transcontinental move – this time, to Ecuador, where I’ll be teaching English at a fancy language school in the heart of Guayaquil, and volunteering with an educational development project in the poorest areas of the city.
260° West is a place to reflect on education, international development and life in Ecuador. It’s a place to think about English language teaching (ELT) and its role in the not-for-profit sector. And it’s also the initial compass bearing you have to set if you want to travel from London to Guayaquil …
My name is Sanchia, and this is my Ecuadorian adventure!