Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Great weekend...but now to-do list kicks in!

Hi All,

I know it's been a few days since I have written.  My second week out of TEFL has been equally as productive as my first week!  Woo hoo!

As of now, I have 7 one-on-one English lesson clients!! All of whom vary widely in age and level.  I have a 30 year old Italian woman who speaks English quite well, she is reserved and sweet.  Three Czech children within one lesson, ages 11, 9 and 6, who are rambunctious and adorable.  A young Russian girl who is attending university here in Prague and wants to learn English not only for future career and education goals but also because she has an American boyfriend.  A 5 year old boy who speaks almost no English (though he understands more then he lets on), who is quite shy and nervous.  One business English class that I will be teaching within a company called Dream Jobs Inc.  And finally, a young Asian man attending school here in Prague who is incredibly polite and soft spoken.

And even better, I have more potential clients coming in!  I average about 1 new client request every couple of days.  Then it just takes a bit of time to respond, find out their level and goals for the language and finally, to set up a date and time for our first lesson!

Also, exciting interview pending.  I sent out around 30 job applications within Prague, a number of which went out to various preschools.  One preschool I REALLY liked from what I saw.  It's an absolutely gorgeous preschool on the outskirts of Prague, only about 4 teachers work there so its close knit.  I just was super interested in this school.  I assumed I would not hear anything back since they had a small staff as it was and they did not seem to be advertising for anyone new.  However, I have an interview there TODAY!!!!  I am really thrilled about this.  Wish me luck!

In other news, I have been baking a number of breads lately!  So yummy.  As you all know if you have been following my blog, I baked a pumpkin bread from scratch with a classmate of mine a couple weeks ago, I baked an authentic German bread from scratch last week, even using yeast!  And finally, this morning I have a fresh, made-from-scratch banana bread in the oven which I plan to top with special vanilla sugar crystals when it comes out of the oven.  SO excited for that with a large class of milk.

Right now, I am sitting at my kitchen table and lesson planning for tomorrow as I wait for the delectable banana bread to rise in the oven.

In other news, this past weekend my friend from Germany came to visit me and has been here for the past few days as he is on school vacation this week (he works in a school with Autistic children).  We have had a great time together!  We went to burger fest in Prague.  Our mouths watered as we scanned all the different burger choices, but our hearts were crushed when we realized that a line for any burger took at least an hour and a half, so we went elsewhere for food in the end.  Bummer.

Tea and Sacher torte cake-yum!

I realize this is a short entry, but I do not have a ton to report right now BUT I will post again VERY soon, with potentially some exciting news :-D

Ciao for now!

“A lifetime isn't forever, so take the first chance, don't wait for the second one! Because sometimes, there aren't second chances! And if it turns out to be a mistake? So what! This is life! A whole bunch of mistakes! But if you never get a second chance at something you didn't take a first chance at? That's true failure.” 

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