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No Internet/The Move

Hello!! So I told you last that we were about to move...and we did. It was a humungous PAIN, because we had to pack up EVERYTHING (and mind you, I had just gotten settled in), and also they had to move all the furniture, all the beds, dishes, appliances everything. Apparently some ppl at AID screwed up and didn't let management know that they were going to have a new permanent employee coming in two weeks...oh, AID....

In any case, the house is actually great! We have a huge pool, a great deck, beautiful large kitchen, and the living room is really cute. I'll definitely take pictures. We drew for rooms, and lucky me, I got the master bedroom! The only bad thing is that we have 4 bedrooms for 5 people. One of my roommates was on a business trip this week, so we're gonna have to figure out how that's gonna work out today when she gets back. Otherwise, the house is palatial. I don't know how I'm going to live in Young O this year after living in this house! It is insane.

Oh and also, we don't have internet in the house. And I don't know when we're going to get it...so I'm writing from work (which I shouldn't be doing!). But just to update you a bit, I started teaching at the embassy's "English Access Camp" yesterday that the Public Diplomacy section organizes and runs. They needed volunteers to teach, so I offered to teach a class on how to use the internet. There are three other classes, "American holidays," "Scrapbooking," and "Sports." I'm going to be teaching 4 different sections of the internet class, all with about 20 students ages 16-18. The camp is held at a Protestant University nearby. Anyway, I taught my first section yesterday, and it was..... interesting. The kids have had about a year of English, so they have a good grasp on the language, but they still aren't used to hearing native speakers speak, so I had to talk pretty slowly. All of the kids said they had used the computer before, but not all of them had used the internet. I explained what google and wikipedia are, and talked to them a bit about what email is. Everyone seemed to be at least familiar with the idea of email, and a handful of them even had an email address. The internet stopped working for a bit, so while we were waiting for it to get fixed, I taught them "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." Believe it or not, they really liked learning and singing it. They were all really appreciative of everything, and wanted to get my contact information so that we could keep in touch. They are all really enthusiastic about learning the language. Overall, I'm really enjoying working with the kids, but in general, I don't like teaching English (or speaking it, lol). I see the value of teaching it, certainly, but I do not personally enjoy doing it.

That's about it for this week so far. I should have an interesting weekend, but I don't know what my internet access will be, so I'll see when I can update the blog. Okay, c'est tout...salut!!


Posted by bbrodsky 23:57

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