Ah, sweet memories! If yours are a whirl of work and the same Friday night hang-outs, you should try out teaching English abroad!. You could be getting some fanstastic memories of your own doing some amazing things in places all over all the world. Here are some of i-to-i’s graduates favourite memories of their time teaching abroad:
“My most vivid memory is probably the first time I stepped into class and had around 50 students staring at me. Actually, those first 5 minutes remain hazy! I just remember being terrified, then actually finding myself having fun! I think one of the main things I remember as a teacher is when students came up to me and said that they enjoyed my lessons, that I was a good teacher. That made it all real for me. I loved seeing them laugh and have fun and try out new things.”
“I have so many awesome memories of my time in Japan: from giving a speech at the Opening Ceremony for my school to singing “My Girl” with new friends in front of everyone at a Japanese friend’s wedding. I met so many people in the first month and was shown so many places that memories and images blur into one. The summer I spent teaching elementary swimming lessons in an outside swimming pool surrounded by mountains, followed by a trip to Tokyo where I went to Disney Land, Tokyo Tower, Ginza and many other places…it’s so hard to chose one memory – there’s too many!”
“When my students decorated the blackboard with ‘Happy Birthday Clare’ messages and a class of thirty four year olds followed me round the classroom singing at the top of their voices, that was pretty special.”
“Seeing the students when they finally get it…The sudden light bulb moment, then they run around saying what they just learnt to everyone. Aside from that recently having a child who (according to mom, is scared of foreigners) look so happy to see me each day and want a hug from me!”
So what’s your best memory of teaching abroad?