Rachel Thake

Rachel put her toes in the EFL/ESOL waters, teaching as a CMS volunteer for two years in Kenya. She returned with two life-changing discoveries: firstly that teaching is her vocation and secondly with a soon-to-be-husband as a permanent “souvenir”. Since then she has taught in a wide range of contexts – from toddlers to 80+, from Derby to Chiang Mai, from Nepal to China.

She currently works at Reading University, teaching minority- ethnic, Chinese teachers of English as well as CELTA courses in Reading. She volunteers once a week in her church-run English class and is currently part of the team writing materials for 2:19.

Her life in ESOL can be summed up in the words of Fredierick Buechner: “Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.”