27 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Go Abroad To Work In a School
If you’ve ever worked in a school abroad, there are some things only you will understand.
1. You genuinely worry before you leave that you won’t be able to do it.
What if no one understands me? What if I don’t understand them? What have I gotten myself into?
2. And that you’re not proficient enough in English to teach it to other people.
Yes, it’s your native language but do you *really* know all the rules?
3. The fear that no one will know who you are or why you’re there when you arrive.
4. Or that you’ll be teaching people who don’t really want to learn English.
5. Until you arrive at your school and end up feeling like a bit of a celebrity.
A real-life English-speaking person, just like in the movies.
6. Everyone feels the need to say any and all English words they know in your presence.
7. Including those that they may or may not realise are swear words.
8. And frequently ask whether you personally know the royal family.
9. The pressure of suddenly realising you’re in charge of imparting wisdom to a class.
10. And immediately gaining a new appreciation for how difficult the English language can be.
11. Being told to only speak English but then worrying that no one understands you.
Are they nodding because they understand or because they’re just too scared to say otherwise?
12. The feeling of pride when one of your activities goes down well.
Or someone remembers something you taught them.
13. And the awkwardness of being asked questions about English grammar to which you have no answer.
If I can speak English without knowing this rule, does this mean it’s not really relevant?
14. Or of seeing your pupils outside of school.
15. Realising that too many word games can be too much excitement.
16. And struggling to adapt to the foreign curriculum and length of school days abroad.
17. The joy of being able to travel in your spare time.
18. And fully immerse yourself in another culture.
19. Surprising yourself with how fast your language skills improve.
20. While dramatically upping your Instagram game.
It’s about documenting my time away, not making everyone jealous. I promise.
21. Looking forward to being invited to meals with your colleagues as an honoured guest.
22. While also learning to appreciate home a whole lot more.
23. Feeling way more emotional than you expected to when it’s time to leave.
24. Especially when you realise that your pupils are going to miss you, too.
25. And that they’ve actually learned things from you.
26. Not quite believing what you’ve achieved when it’s all over.
Did I really just live and work abroad by myself?!
27. And wondering how any other job will ever be able to compare. Ever.
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