Ever since I had the opportunity to volunteer for a few weeks in a school in Jorhat, India, I’ve been plotting a way to teach abroad.  This blog is about my journey to Debrecen, Hungary, where I will be teaching English in a Hungarian high school.  Over the next year, I will share my thoughts and observations about teaching, travel, and life.  (I’m not making any guarantees here, but statistically there is a good chance that one or two thoughts might even be profound!)

I am accompanied on my journey by my wonderful husband, Jesse, who is not a fan of blogging and will hopefully forgive me for mentioning him in my posts so frequently.  

Sadly, the third member of my little family is not taking part in this journey.  My cat Nessie will be staying behind in Kalamazoo with a friend.    I will miss her dreadfully.

We will miss family and friends as well, but we need to seize the opportunity to go abroad while we can.  Jesse just finished a master’s degree this spring and will begin a PhD program when we come back.  I am still trying to decide what I want to do when I grow up, and maybe teaching in Hungary will give me some insight. 

I don’t know what life will be like in Hungary or what I’ll do when we return, but that is what is so exciting!  Life is an adventure.


14 responses to “About

  1. K


    Finding your blog proves that dedication to finding information does work. I’ve been searching for both a blog that talked about teaching English in Hungary and any type of information regarding CTEP. I’m currently 2.5 tears out from my BA, but have begun searching out the best ways to go about teaching abroad and have liked what I’ve seen on the CTEP website, but was unable (until now) to find any other reviews or mention of them.

    Thank you so much for sharing your adventure and I wish you and your husband the best of luck in Hungary.

    -Paul K.

    • Thanks, Paul! We are very excited to leave and start teaching.

      A couple who taught with CETP and lived in Debrecen this past year kept a blog. They posted awesome pictures. Beware…you might want to sign up to go immediately!

      • Paul k.

        Using my awesome skill of searching I found the hairgrovesinhungray site. I’m assuming this is the one you meant. And yes, the pictures are very alluring. As is the information. All of this is making me very excited for the future. Thank you again & best of luck.

        -Paul K.

  2. Hi there, thanks for the lovely response on my blog. It looks like we have some things in common. I, too, am hoping that this experience away from home will help me decide what to do when I grow up.

  3. Melody

    That picture of Nessie is absolutely fabulous; I’m procrastinating from studying for exams and stumbled upon it. So much character in only a few kilos! (And I just now realized you’re an outlier in your family of Jesse and Nessie. I don’t know how I managed to miss that earlier!)

  4. myfriendmissmiller

    I like the name of your blog! Especially because I’m teaching World War I to my ESL kids, and they think it’s hilarious that a country’s name is “Hungary”. We’ve had well over our fair share of jokes about the people in Hungary being hungry. 🙂

    • Thanks! It is a joke that never gets old. 🙂

      I think WWI is the only time Hungary gets mentioned in American history classes. Hungarians are still very upset/sad about the territory they lost in the Treaty of Trianon.

  5. hugo

    Hi Scarlett I am working at your schools this year. Thanks for posting.

  6. Hey there! I’ve just read your post about Nyírbátor and I am very sorry to hear that you weren’t able to visit this fine piece of architecture.

    The church is a monument to God and bore witness to many historical events. You are more than welcome to come back and visit and I’ll be sure to show you around and give you a brief history class. My email is: marcsinakrb AT gmailcom

    Minister and English Teacher at the Nyírbátor Calvinist primary school

    • Hi Rob! Thank you for reading my post about Nyirbator and for being willing to show me the church. I would love to visit the next time I’m in Hungary. At this point I don’t have plans for when I’ll be back, but never say never!

  7. Rick

    Hi, I stumbled upon your blog while trying to find news about Carmel School, Jorhat. I was pleasantly surprised to read that you did volunteer work there. I am an ex-student of that school, presently settled in the United States. I would so love to hear more about your experience there. I can be reached at ricklahkar@gmail.com. I will be looking out to hearing from you. Rick.

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