After graduating from The British International School of Jakarta, Indonesia as an IB Diploma student, Tamara undertook a four-year BA (Hons) in Chinese and Management Studies from Durham University in the UK. During the second year of this degree, she participated in an exchange programme, spending a year studying Mandarin in Beijing at The People’s University of China. After graduating, she took a gap year, moved to Holland, her country of origin, to complete a Certificate in English Language Training (CELTA) in Amsterdam so that she could teach and travel around Asia. This is where her foray into teaching started; however, during her gap year she also applied to do a masters, thus finding herself heading back to the UK, this time to Manchester. There, she gained an MSc in International Business and Management from UMIST, now part of University of Manchester. This programme also involved a partner-university exchange, and given her affinity for Asia, she found herself on an MBA programme run by Kellogg, USA and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong.