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Published: February 22nd 2009
Aiesec Eskisehir was in charge with providing the trainees with accommodation, and what they offered us actually suited us quite well. It was a flat about 10 minutes away from Onder Dil, the Language School where we were going to teach. Our flatmates were two Turkish guys, rather dashing :PP, who could, unfortunately, speak very little English.
Carmen and I spent the first 2 days scrubbing the place up and making it feel homey...as it was rather scruffy. Fatih, one of the students living with us took us one day to Onder Dil. This was actually Aiesec's job to introduce us to the school principal and show us around, but they never showed up. Apparently Fatih had studied at Onder Dil, so he was familiar with the school and even knew the principal.
So, there we were! Both of us, Carmen and I sitting in the Reception area and waiting to be called in and meet our boss 😊. The meeting went on well, as we exchanged pleasantries and showed our enthusiasm at being there. Mr. Koksal was very polite and was speaking slowly, like a wise man. We were also shown around the school, there was
the teachers' lounge and a small kitchen, along with administration offices all on the ground floor. The following 2 floors up were classrooms, extremely clean and well-equipped with audio and video system, white boards and nice desks. The school also had a large canteen with a terrace where students could grab a snack at break time and also sometimes the Speaking Clubs were run there.
We were introduced to some of the Turkish teachers, the school was proud to have among the staff 2 British mother-tongue teachers, there was also a Bulgarian teacher of English and some Turkish teachers who had previously lived in Australia, so quite an international bunch.
We were handed the textbooks and were asked to design some lesson plans for the classes we were given to teach. We had Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate classes and our students were mostly teenagers and young students, in their early twenties.
We were oh soooo excited! We returned home that day with a huge smile on our face!! We loved the school to bits, Onder Dil
was everything we wad expected and so much more!! Everybody seemed friendly, warm and hospitable. The teachers, Mr. Koksal, the students we
met in the canteen!! We were definitively getting ready for a year full of happy events and exciting experiences!
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