Dear Theo, I am writing this post again as I forgot to mention your name. Maybe this time I will be more lucky! In brief - I had been working as a TEFL Teacher for 2 years in Thailand mainly with young children (Nursery and Reception). I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and my Director of Studies advised me to return to Britain to do a PGCE. In 2003, I completed my PGCE Early Years successfully and as many other NQTs I had great difficulty finding a full time position. I found a temporary term job in a fantastic school and even managed an Ofsted Inspection -very stressful nevertheless. For the next school year as I couldn't find a job I was obliged to work as a supply teacher which was very demoralizing mentally and financially especially considering that I was living in Oxford! I therefore decided to leave the UK and I found a full time teaching position as an Early Years Teacher in a bilingual private school in France. The school was completely different from my previous experience - they had never heard of the Foundation stage for a start and the teaching methods and resources were nothing like I had experienced in the past. I had to work during the school holidays as an English Teacher and was not paid extra. Again I was demoralized and financially as I was living in the South of France I could not make ends meet. I therefore decided to apply for other jobs and 3 weeks before the end of the school year I found a secretarial job where I was earning almost double without the stress. I have been in the same job for 4 years but now I want to move on and leave France. I have decided to move to Brazil and would like to go back to teaching in a proper school. I really miss the rewarding side of teachong which I experienced in Thailand. I have done a lot of research and there are a few international schools which appear to be excellent and I would like to apply. My issue is that I do not know what to do about References. My current boss is more than happy to give me a reference although the company is nothing to do with teaching. The last school that I worked in was the one that I mentioned previously and as I left the school 3 weeks before the end of term the Head was furious. I cannot ask her for a reference. Can you advise me on what to do including the fact that I have not been teaching for 4 years? I feel that I still have a lot to offer as a Teacher and I do have a lot of other things to offer thanks to my international and TEFL experiences. Please advise.