Actors InThe Job Placement Circus
There has been a great deal of drama surrounding the placement of my peers during (and following) the TEFL training course. There has been an even larger dearth of professionalism throughout the process.
Overall, the placement process was rushed, expectations were poorly set, individuals were unprepared, and there was an utter lack of customer service. It’s really not my battle since I haven’t asked Entrust TEFL to place me in a job, but let me explain so that those of you thinking of enrolling in the Entrust TEFL program or teaching in Thailand will have some background that my peers in the program and I did not have. (Thank you for your questions and emails.)
I’ve taken so many pictures, It’ll take me weeks to go through them. But for now, here are some more pictures for my fellow students and those of you around the world that have requested them. Continue reading
In a hastily arranged ceremony marked by last minute changes to travel itineraries for people who are, in some instances, expected to be teaching at a school tomorrow (that they can’t possibly reach by then), we received our diplomas – I’m pretty sure that makes us diplomats. Continue reading
Today presents a full schedule of activities. We start out at a Butterfly and Orchid Farm, then a quick stop at a local market before heading to a waterfall / water slide. They we have lunch and head to the river for some white water rafting and a bamboo raft ride. Finally, we visit an elephant adventure park. A big Day indeed. Continue reading
Teachers Demonstrating (I Hope) A Game
I’m not going to lie to you, I was quite hung over this morning. We all were. After two days of classroom practical training and relentlessly adoring live children to teach, we were all ready to blow off some steam. And we did so, in fine fashion, with a little pool party last night. But amazingly, the lethargy and rough edges vanished when we arrived at the school. The energy of the children made us instantly forget about ourselves and we were instantly strong and powerful again. Continue reading
Wow, what a couple of days! Our first days in the classroom with children. What a rush….we magically transformed from students to educators. Four classes per day, 50 minutes each. Amazing children.
The children, oh, the children. So wonderful, so shy and cute yet engaging, welcoming, and full of life; eager to take us in. Continue reading
Visiting the Entrust TEFL Offices
As we start week two of our TEFL training, we are all acutely aware of what’s coming. On Wednesday and Thursday or this week, we will be in classrooms teaching children, like real human beings. And its got a few of us panicked. This is no longer theoretical and we will no longer be ‘teaching’ to one another. Continue reading