I’ve officially been living and working abroad for six months. It has not felt like half a year at all — time flew by so quickly, I barely noticed it. In reaching this milestone, I am now able to check an item off my list of things to complete or accomplish by the time I turn thirty — part of the five-year plan I devised when I turned twenty-five.
I’ve definitely enjoyed my time here so far. I’ve met some really great people and the students are really wonderful, for the most part. I’ve even learned and developed a little bit of an interest in the Arabic language because of them.
Teaching in a multi-cultural classroom has been quite an experience. Most of the time, when a new term starts, the nationalities tend to stick together. I’ll end up with the students from the Middle East sitting on one side of the room, the Chinese students on the other side, then a few from Central Asia and Africa grouped together. I mix them up as much as possible so that no two nationalities will be paired or grouped to encourage the use of English. However, there are times when one nationality outnumbers the rest and it’s unavoidable for them to end up together.
Teaching itself has been great — I know for a fact that I’m in the right profession. It’s stimulating, challenging, and so much fun. Of course, there are off days, but the good days far outweigh the bad. There are times when I get irritated or lose my temper, but I’m told it’s a natural part of teaching — especially with naughty young adults. On good days, though, when everything goes right and the dynamics are perfect, I feel that I’m in my element and that I’m right where I need to be.
I have another six months to go on my contract, and after that, who knows where I’ll be off to — I may stay or relocate to another part of Asia or elsewhere. For now, I’m content with where I am and I intend to enjoy it and make the most of it and continue to grow both personally and professionally.
In other news, my YL application has been processed and I have an interview scheduled for Friday the thirteenth. I will hopefully find out soon after that if I’ve got a place on the course this May. I would love to go back to Vietnam to study and add another qualification to my portfolio. In addition to that, completing the YL course would allow me to check off another item on my list.
2015 is off to a good start. 🙂