Australia Testimonia – Jeff – Toronto, ON


Home: Toronto, Ontario

University: OISE (student teacher)

Subject Area: Music



What Leading Out support and services have you enjoyed, or have assisted you, the most?

Leading Out provided me with a great location for living as well as social activities outside of teaching such as opportunities to attend footy games, wine tours, and local zoo’s. Furthermore, they have introduced me to other Canadian teachers to socialize with while here in Melbourne. They have also organized my visitation to different schools as a student-teacher in the Melbourne area so I can have a diverse experience investigating a variety of schools.

Tips for International Teachers?

Know the temperatures when you come here. I was blown away with how cold it can get in Winter. Have a coffee on Acland street!

The best place traveled within Australia: 

I did a two week tour down the East coast and my favourite spot was Byron Ba due to its small town mentality, its friendly people, and the lovely beach and surf culture. Other highlights were the Whitsunday Islands, Fraser Island and Great Ocean Road.

What have you enjoyed most about teaching in Victoria?

The most enjoyable part of my teaching tenure has been making a small difference in the lives of some of my students at school. Many of the students don’t get to see much of the outside world or know anything about my country, so enlightening them about Canadian lifestyle and answering there questions was one of my favourite moments.

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