Today we introduce you to Angela- Operations Manager of Oscars International in sunny and beautiful Cyprus. Angela is based in Limassol. “There’s sunshine at least 320 days of the year, so you can’t argue with that.”- says Angela. Seems like a dream job? Well, almost. Angela has handful of work making sure both our adult and junior campuses in Cyprus (Limassol and Larnaca) operate smoothly.
Hi Angela. Are you from Cyprus?
No, I’m from Liverpool in England. About thirty years ago I was a flight attendant and my annual contract was due for renewal so I had to use up my remaining holiday which was one week, so a friend and I decided to try Cyprus as we knew it had a lot of British people there. On my second night, on a mini-cruise of Limassol by night, I met the man who would become my husband and I’ve been here since. I have four children. The oldest is 29 and she’s actually an EFL teacher
Wow, that’s quite a story. Do you miss Liverpool at all?
I do miss Liverpool sometimes, especially the sense of humour but I suppose with having children here this is my home now really and has been for a number of years. My husband says I’m more of a Cypriot now than an English woman and he has a point.
In what way?
When I first came here the pace was very slow for me. You know, when you come from somewhere like England where people are rushing about all the time and is a bit of a rat race whereas, here, everything is done but in a more laid back way which took some getting used to, but you learn to accept it. I mean in my work I’m quite exact and that, but outside I’ve learned to slow down to the Cypriot pace of life.
What is it like?
Well, there’s sunshine for about 320 days of the year, so you can’t argue with that, the weather is fantastic. And it’s very safe for kids, a great place to raise a family. The people are very hospitable, they’re quite like the Irish in that respect and people from Liverpool.
And when you are not working what do you like to do?
My hobbies change all the time. My philosophy is ‘learn something new everyday’ I really love reading, especially historical novels and biographies. I‘m curious and like to research things for myself.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I love people, from all walks of life and children of all ages and there’s nothing better than seeing them enjoying themselves and making new friends and learning about each other and their respective countries. I’ve been working in this sector for over twelve years now and I’m still in touch with people who came here all those years ago who have successful careers of their own. If they’re crying when they’re leaving this magical island, which most do, then I know they’ve had a good time.
Thanks a lot and good luck!
Angela with one of her lovely daughters