Previous to the past year, the idea of me teaching was always met with “I don’t want to do that”, but a year of traveling changed my mind and now here I am, and I can honestly say that so far I enjoy teaching. Crazy as it is, with only a one month certificate, I find myself in front of a classroom (25 classrooms to be exact) doing what I can to teach English and make the 30 or 40 min classes as fun as they can be.
Going back to work after a full year of traveling has required some mental work. Although I only work 4 and a half hours a day, the way the schedule is distributed feels like a full time job. The days start with classes in the morning from 9 am to 11 (or 11:30 am). Once done I go back home for a two or three hour break, then on to the next school in the afternoon for another set of classes. The catch is that I work in 5 different schools (3 kindergartens, 1 primary school and 1 high school), which means quite a bit of commuting from one place to the next; this definitely is a negative point to the contract I have now.
With my head in adaptation mode, the first month flew by. And, a part from teaching, it has also been a month of learning how to do the “normal” things in a city where most people don’t speak English; paying bills ( cellphone, internet, rent, etc.), buying train tickets and getting around on the public bus has required assistance from the TAs. I have, however, started my Chinese classes which, hopefully, will help me get around and communicate with people here.