Getting involved with classes and life in Trujillo, Peru
31.08.2013 - 08.09.2013
I have now been at Espaanglish in Trujillo for one week and already feel like I have spent a great deal of time here. Feeling relaxed and confident with the weeks ahead!
The idea of teaching English is a challenge I have wanted to take on for some time, with my future plans in terms of jobs a little undecided the main reason for coming to Espaanglisch is to see what merits teaching would hold and how I would fair in the education world. The volunteer program sounded great and after speaking to Mary Beth I knew it would be somewhere I would love to be.
I arrived fashionably late at the Trujillo bus station but after managing to grab my bag rather quickly I spotted my arrival party waiting by the exit. It felt good after feeling a little isolated in a bus full of Peruvian men and women to see a Gringo smiling back at me! Arriving over a weekend meant the Sunday was spent exploring and getting to know the area, I particularly enjoyed a visit to Huanchaco beach watching the many surfers catch the waves with a beautiful sunset as a backdrop. Sounds a little cliché but it made me feel instantly relaxed and at home!
The first meeting eased my mind even more, finding out that we would be in teams to teach meant less pressure and ultimately more time to have fun with the kids.
Over the course of last week and the next three or so I will be teaching in three different schools, with a whole range of ages, from 4 to 11. This first week has been interesting, settling into the routine of different classes and getting to know some of the good and bad students that are in the classes. The best feeling so far is stepping into a class and without saying a word being mobbed by kids asking my name and where I am from and generally showing me all sorts of attention, which again puts you a great mindset to teach a great lesson.
With a new curriculum in place the classes are well structured and Mary Beth, Jennifer and I have had a great week teaching the students about the verb ‘to have’, colours, days of the week and my personal favourite, the weather! I have been aptly named ‘The weather man’ for my brilliant attempts at drawing clouds with my fingers in midair!
I have to say I was nervous at first but with this first week under my belt I feel in my element, I have no problem having fun and that is what is needed in all these classes to keep the lesson flowing and the children entertained, when each class finishes I am a little sad as I seem to enjoy them like I would any other activity…It doesn’t feel like work for one second.
On the other hand the evening classes are a nice change, to get involved in teaching adults means you have to be a little more serious with a bit more of a set plan, as the students are expecting a well-organized lesson, I have already learnt how to structure a lesson and now have my next week figured out and ready to teach.
I have already decided to extend my time here! The people I have met already and the people I am sure to meet are making me want to stay longer. Seeing the kids every day and the different way of life I am leading gives me the feeling that teaching is for me and Peru in general is a very interesting place to be starting that career.