I’m a big fan of Jee Young’s writing and have taken a lot of inspiration from her teaching, writing and approach to life. Now as an international teacher myself, her recent post about trying to fit everything in during a weekend is certainly accurate.
I was talking with friends last night about what the most surprising aspect of being overseas has been. Definitely up there is the fact that I did not experience emotional collapse early on from homesickness. Kind of like camp or Freshmen year of college. In fact, I never watch t.v. because life just sweeps you away in such a way that you have very little time to manage personal, professional and just plain leisure time.
We all feel that way–but in America–I spent my Saturdays in 7 hour stints at school, preparing for the week. The time would fly, of course. It was what I describe to non-teachers as fitting a year of working hours into the school calendar. This isn’t about defending teachers’ hours, but about a packed schedule.
From a Book Club “in the city” with delicious Indian fare (Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, if you’re wondering), to The Great Escape–an all school adventure day–to church, to getting passport pictures taken for the VISA requirements in Cambodia during March break (not spring break in the Southern Hemisphere nor Easter Break where I’m the only Christian on staff at my campus) to Skyping on Sunday morning with a good friend while we’re both in bed at opposite ends of the day . . . the weekend was a pleasant, pleasant train ride.
Not every weekend is going to be packed. But this is a snapshot of life in international teaching-ville.