Decisions

Apr. 28th, 2017 04:04 pm
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So I've decided to go forward and take a series of online courses that will qualify me to teach English as a Second Language. I've been thinking about it for weeks, and I can't see any downside to it. It all sounds great, especially the part where I might get to travel to someone wonderful and teach English there. I'm starting to brush up on my Spanish (at this moment I could order a beer but not say much else), so that my hopes of working in a Latin American country could be more easily facilitated. I would really like to use Spanish on a daily basis, so going somewhere like Peru or Chile or somewhere in Central America would be ideal. I'm actually getting a bit excited at the possibilities of teaching abroad. South America would be my first choice.

My elder daughter taught English in Ecuador for a few months some years back and loved her immersion into Latin American life, especially the weddings to which her entire Andean village was invited, including her, and which lasted for days. She also loved being able to pick fresh fruit for her breakfast from her host family's yard. Imagine waking up to fresh mangoes! On the way to her classroom in the morning she would always be approached by friendly alpacas, which she hand fed with fruit and sugar, and which sometimes followed her to school. D. was 9,000 feet up in the Andes, and the scenery was unbelievable. I would love an experience like hers. Of course, she was 18 and highly adaptable and very healthy, whereas I'm 53, diabetic, with mental health issues, and more set in my ways, but I think I could find myself a safe place in a new environment.

When I say "safe place", what I mean is my bed. When life gets rough I have the world's comfiest bed, and just sitting on it for a few minutes calms me down. Obviously I can't take my bed with me if I travel, but I can take elements of it - my snuggly blanket or one of my teddy bears, and be reminded of the safety of my cosy bedroom. I'd need that if I were working overseas, and I'll even need it when I go to the UK this September. I'm sure if I were living for three months in a foreign country that I could establish for myself a safe place to which I could retreat when panic threatens.

It's been another beautiful day, sun shining, blue sky, not too warm, and I had a nice time having coffee with my mother, which is something we do every Friday afternoon.

Date: 2017-04-28 09:04 pm (UTC)
wolfpack82: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolfpack82
glad to hear you're having a good day. A few years ago Christopher bought me a "noise maker". You know, the nature sound thingeys? I find those calming when I'm stressed out.

Date: 2017-04-30 05:01 am (UTC)
wolfpack82: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wolfpack82
Except Ethan likes them too much.. ;)

Date: 2017-04-30 06:33 am (UTC)
norfolkian: (Moana)
From: [personal profile] norfolkian
That sounds like a great app - I think I'll see if I can find one in the Google Play store. :)

Date: 2017-04-29 12:52 am (UTC)
nonniemous: (Cougar)
From: [personal profile] nonniemous
That's a great goal--and I envy you. My head is not geared for languages.

Date: 2017-04-29 06:15 am (UTC)
norfolkian: Holtzmann from Ghostbusters licking a gun (Default)
From: [personal profile] norfolkian
My bed is my safe place too! I call it my 'cocoon'. If I've had a bad day or am feeling vulnerable, wrapping myself up in my duvet makes me feel a little better.

Date: 2017-04-30 06:34 am (UTC)
norfolkian: Holtzmann from Ghostbusters licking a gun (Default)
From: [personal profile] norfolkian
I also have a blanket for use on the sofa. :)

Date: 2017-04-29 12:33 pm (UTC)
coeur_de_noir: (Default)
From: [personal profile] coeur_de_noir
Fantastic goal! My pal is a ESOL teacher and loves his work x

Date: 2017-04-30 02:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dorchadas
That sounds amazing. [personal profile] schoolpsychnerd and I taught EFL for three years and it was one of the best experiences of our lives.

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