After 30 days straight of 16 hour work days I can say my brain is just as fried as the Nasi Goreng I had for lunch…and dinner…for the past week. It was Olympic athlete training for ESL teaching. It was TEFL boot camp. It was a HELL-TA.
Unspeakable things happened during this course so let’s just skip to the end…
The last day of class was unlike any other I’ve had before. I was given the honor of presenting certificates of attendance complete with a moving speech as students came and shook my hand or touched both of their cheeks to mine. Then there was food. so. much. food. students brought me home made bread, chocolate with almonds, and there were banana leaves filled sweet rice and chicken inside. The students were photo crazy and by the end of an hour my cheeks were twitching from smiling so much.
I wore my Indonesian formal wear batik dress. When I bought it I was told that it was a gown for saggy fat grandmas, but I knew with a belt it would be one of the less ridiculous batiks around (they can get pretty crazy).
Henny and Shinta (below) were two of the students in the elementary class that showed exponential growth in their ability over just 4 weeks. They had both been so extremely shy, but by the end of the course they were flashing sideways peace signs like Biggie and Tupac. This aspect of teaching is just so rewarding. You start out with inhibited, unsure students, and by the end they’re on their way to becoming a straight up G. My job here is clearly done.