I know it has been quite some time since I have last written. Since my last post, I have completed my nine-month long teaching program in Spain; went to northern Italy to teach English in summer camps; travelled with my best friend to Rome, Malta, Morroco and Portugal; visited top sites around Toronto with one of my host sisters from Barcelona; and now I am studying education at York University in Canada in the junior/intermediate division (grade 4-10) to become a teacher. I have had quite a spectacular adventure full of travel and experiences this past year.
My experience teaching in Spain for nine months was absolutely life-changing and I met the most amazing people who I now call family. If it wasn’t for this experience, being in a classroom and teaching for an entire school year, I would not have known how natural teaching is for me and how much I love it; I would not have been studying right now to become a certified teacher.
While I taught in summer camps in Italy for three weeks, I stayed in Fossano and San Polo di Piave. I met two wonderful families who openly and kindly accepted me into their homes, providing me with love and comfort. I must admit that the rumours are true: homemade Italian food is extremely rich and delicious!
During my time at summer camp, I had my own class of about 10-13 students and I taught them English lessons and conducted interactive games. In the afternoon, we had camp-wide activities like culture day, fashion shows and scavenger hunts and then, at the end of the week, each class would present an English theatre performance for their parents. I had a blast teaching at summer camp with tutors from around the world and travelling through the northern-Italian countryside. I felt like I was Julia Roberts in a movie as I rode my bike every day through the winding, dirt roads and rows of lush grapevines with a backdrop of the majestic Alps mountains. The only downfall was the ravaging mosquitoes that I swatted in my sleep and covered my body in itchy, swollen bites. Besides that, the experience was amazing and I am definitely considering returning this summer to be a camp tutor in Italy again.
My travels have taken me to so many different countries where I have interacted with various cultures and filled my mind and heart with experiences and love. There is so much to gain by taking a risk and following your dreams and so much to lose by settling for a dull, meaningless life. I can’t wait for my next great adventure.