Hitting the ground running with my second year of service.
Last month my cohort (Kos5) had our mid-service conference (MST) in Gjilan and reflected on our first year of service, discussed future plans, and reconnected as a cohort. It’s still crazy to me that I’m over halfway done with my service here in Kosovo.
Summer ended a little over a month ago and since then, TEFL Volunteers (me!) have been back at school.
My time at school this year is a little different from last year. I work with a few classes in the traditional classroom, but the rest of the time I spend in the English Lab at my school adding resources and preparing for my English clubs.
This year I’m doing English clubs by myself. 6th & 7th grade are together on Mondays after school, and 8th & 9th grade are together on Tuesdays after school. It’s for advanced English students, and if students are talking too much or not paying attention, I just kick them out and tell them that we’ll try again next week. It’s nice to have this autonomy here.
In club so far this year we’ve played games with vocabulary, made identity maps, discussed quotes, and this week we read and presented about some inspiring young girls for International Day of the Girl on October 11th.
Whenever I’ve blogged I’ve kind of assumed that I need to have a good amount to discuss in order to make it ‘blog-worthy,’ but this post is more of just a quick update.
Some days are harder than others, and some days I feel more competent than others, but I’ve never doubted that this is where I’m supposed to be at this point in my life.
There are a little less than 7 months until my cohort’s Close of Service (COS) conference and about 9 months until we ring the bell (a Peace Corps tradition), officially COS, head out of Kosovo, and move on with our lives. Previous volunteers have always said that service flies and that could not be more true.
I’m thoroughly looking forward to the next months and my time left in Kosovo!