The good and the bad.

17 May

Alrighty everyone, let me catch you up to speed!

The month of May has been interesting to say the least. I’ve seen people fall apart and some put themselves back together while others are still working on it. Hell, to be honest, I did a little falling apart myself but I got back up and have learned some valuable lessons. The most important being this, nothing in this life is permanent. Sometimes things are good and sometimes they aren’t, but regardless it won’t last and there will be periods of ups and downs. I think that is one of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with now that I am out here on my own. Not alone though, because I have tremendous support from loved ones and I haven’t once stopped feeling that. Right, enough of my “philosophical insight”! :p

So it has happened! That’s right, I am officially a teacher. I’ve worked for about two weeks now and it is challenging to say the least. I am teaching English to three different kindergarten classes of about 20 students or so. My first week was pretty rough. I wanted to run as far away from my school and never look back because you all know that little monsters…I mean children… aren’t my strong suit, but I stuck with it and it’s getting better. Marginally. A friend of mine told me that this is an opportunity to help build a part of myself that I normally wouldn’t focus on and he was absolutely right. Teaching young children is definitely a learning experience and I am constantly being challenged. I hope to come out stronger after all of it but regardless it’s another experience that I won’t soon forget.

 

Now that I am no longer at the Marady, I am living with a really nice couple in a great apartment in a popular expat community. I’ve only been here for a couple of days now, but so far I am really thankful that I made the decision to come out.

As of  now I am content living here in the Kingdom of Wonder, but as I mentioned earlier, everything is temporary so I can’t rightly say how much longer I’ll be here. I am looking at a couple of future prospects which may take me to either a rural province about two hours outside of Phnom Penh, South Korea, or even a different South East Asian country. It’s all up in the air at the moment, but I can say that I will be grounded here for the next couple of months because Cambodia isn’t quite done with me yet.

Until next time.

Cheers!

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3 Responses to “The good and the bad.”

  1. findyourway2011 May 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM #

    Oh no, sorry to hear about your bad experience with LC Asia! I was thinking about joining the program in the fall and I’m bummed to hear your thoughts on it in that aspect. Are there any other programs that you know about that train you in TESOL and set you up to teach in a school? It’s what I really want to do, but I want to go through a program and not do it all on my own.

    • vitaviva96 May 22, 2013 at 7:07 PM #

      Hi there!
      I don’t know anyone personally who has gone through the different Language Corps programs, but some of them seem to get good reviews. LanguageCorps somewhere else other than Asia might be a really great experience all around because it is not being run by the same person. Also, LC Asia didn’t set any of us up in a school. They pretty much handed us a list of schools that they had experience with and sent us on our way.
      Have you thought about doing a CELTA?

      Best of luck with your TESOL search and if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

      Cheers!

  2. Paul Rafferty May 26, 2013 at 5:42 PM #

    Reblogged this on ENGLISH LANGUAGE REVIEW 4U.

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