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Back to school….Play time is over

Good things happen to those who wait…. and those who have generous mothers to allow the waiting to occur in comfort.

So I have a job! :-) After searching and then waiting for almost 6 months, I finally got one at a bilingual school here in Santa Marta called Colegio Bilingue. It’s the most elite school in the region, so I have it good in terms of salary and benefits. I will be teaching grade 1: math’s (gulp!), English, science and social studies. I actually started last week, but it’s just been workshops, meetings, lesson planning, decorating classrooms, organizing materials etc. For the past week I have been in a semi- state of shock…. too much holiday has this effect on one. And especially because I need to be at school at 6:30am!!! Yesterday I pitched up at work in colourful casual attire, while everyone else was dressed in “uniform” (all staff needs to wear beige/khaki pants and any white shirt) to look smart to meet some of the parents. I missed the memo… whoops!

I’ll have an assistant (Heli) to help me in the classroom. Heli is from Santa Marta and in his spare time he is a professional singer of reggaeton/pop and a few of his songs have been on the radio. He is a really nice guy and I know I will enjoy working with him. There are some other foreign teachers- Katie from Canada, Trent from USA, Mies from Netherlands and Josh from UK.

School starts tomorrow, but it won’t be a hectic day, and I just need to play games with the kids for a few hours. And then after school I am going with Mies and Josh to Venezuela to get our work visas! :-) We have a one- night stopover in Bogota, so I doubt we will get much sleep there… It will be good timing since my tourist visa expires on Thursday!

What else can I tell you?....hmmm…. Last weekend was Santa Marta’s 347th birthday, (it is the oldest city in South America after all) so there were many things going on to celebrate- including some amazing live music! The grand finale was held on my beach, so I didn’t have to stumble very far… A group from the Pacific coast called Chocquib Town played- they are really professional and fun to watch and have a very distinctive African sound.

That’s all for now, sorry it took me so long to update my blog. I hope the next one doesn’t take as long.


Posted by piratejax 09:58 Archived in Colombia

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