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Asa student at the age of twenty I acquired a part -time job working at a well- known sports store Decathlon in the center of London It was a fairly run of the mill job working as a cashier and running the reception However the time I spent there is extremely memorable I mademany life -long friends and it exposed me to a plethora of diverse people from different cultures About 80 percent of my colleagues at Decathlon were not native to England Working with many people with little knowledge of the English language was mutually challenging and rewarding A great deal of the Job was helping both customers and colleagues to communicate Before my time spent at Decathlon I had never really thought about how important it is to be able to communicate in a second languageWorking at Decathlon gave me a taste for learning about new cultures and differences between people so after graduating from university and continuing at Decathlon for a couple of years I decided to leave the U K and travel the world for a year First stop on my travels was Thailand I made the decision to volunteer teaching English at The Mirror Foundation an NGO based in northern Thailand it was a great introduction into travelling life and I thoroughly enjoyed my time thereAt the Mirror Foundation we taught English in local schools helped to run activities in childcare centers taught English to Buddhist monks and visited sick children in local hospitalsAfter just two weeks there I became indoor volunteer leader my duties included supporting the indoor team in coordinating volunteers in a daily morning meeting lesson planning and teaching resources developmentTraveling had a huge impact on my life not only did it open my eyes to the world but it also helped me to find something that I am passionate about something I want to continue as a career Therefore a year after volunteering at The
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