Published: June 7th 2006January 11th 2006
My kids and I
The kids at C.B. many times have their personal driver, nanny , maid and some even bodyguard. They are simply adorable!
My last entry was quite sad, as I was leaving Turkey, my friends there and an independent life-style I got very used to. I returned home and it didn't take long before I decided to leave again. I was missing a multi-cultural environment, travelling and meeting new, interesting people from all over the world. So the decision to take a second Aiesec
traineeship came easy. The opportunities with @ are endless, so I didn't hesitate for one second. I had a few phone interviews with schools from Hong Kong, Venezuela, Canada and Colombia. Eventually I decided on Colombia, as it suited my purpose to brush up on my Spanish and to experience South America.
So here I am, teaching English as a Second Language ( ESL) to a group of 28 kids aged 5 in Kinder Section of Collegio Bilingue de Santa Marta
. I am in charge with teaching Maths, Spelling, Science. It's a bit hard, as they need to get used to my accent and I'm not allowed to use any Spanish in class, but I'm sure I'll be ok, they're absolutely adorable. Collegio Bilingue de Santa Marta
is the most expensive school in the
area- the pupils are children of wealthy senators, politicians and important businessmen. It's damn expensive to send your kid here and pay for their tuition, at least that's what I've heard from Aiesec people. Apart from being expensive and exclusive, the school has an excellent academic reputation and the best teachers in Santa Marta work here, so I must be really lucky!
The school is small, but hospitable, the principal is miss Leslie, a'gringa'
, an extremely nice American lady. I think I'll get on well with the other teachers and hopefully with the kids, too! Most of the academic stuff are Colombian, and there are also a few American and English, about 40 teachers in total.
Have I mentioned the boiling hot weather, 40 degrees C all the time? Thank God for the air conditioning!!
I've managed to take some pictures of my Kinder group. Enjoy the pictures!!
There are more photos below