The greatest thing is building a connection with students.
Peter is lecturer in English & study coach at Hotel and Facility.
Life before Breda University of Applied Sciences
Peter received his bachelor’s degree in languages back in 2007 and started out as a reinsurance broker in London. After his job in finance, he fell into teaching while travelling and living abroad. Peter started working as an English language teacher and freelance translator, mainly in Italy. In 2014, he cycled around the world for 11 months, travelling 28,000 km. He met his spouse on his journey, who’s from the Netherlands, and moved to Amsterdam in 2016. In Amsterdam, he worked as an English tutor for four years at a company on the campus of the University of Amsterdam before joining BUas.
I’ve always enjoyed being in the classroom, going on that journey with students and watching them progress over the years.
Journey at Breda University of Applied Sciences
Wanting to live closer to his wife’s family, he started to look for jobs in Breda. Breda University of Applied Sciences in particular attracted his interest as a potential place to work, but unfortunately no jobs were available at the time of his job search. As if it was meant to be, a vacancy for an English lecturer suddenly opened up. From the first moment on and when meeting his future colleagues, it just clicked. He felt very welcome right from the beginning. Becoming a lecturer in English at BUas was the opportunity he needed so that he could pursue his teaching dreams.
Working at Breda University of Applied Sciences
’I’ve always enjoyed being in the classroom, going on that journey with students and watching them progress over the years,’ Peter explains. ’The greatest thing is building a connection with students.’ Peter started working at BUas during the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2020, but despite having to work from a distance, there’s a great community feel amongst students and staff. Peter considers BUas as an open, warm and welcoming organisation. ’Very quickly, I noticed the relaxed manner of how colleagues interact with each other.’ When asked about what life is like in the Netherlands, he answered: ’I don’t consider myself an expat. For me it’s a really good place to put down roots with my family.’