colombia · Teaching Abroad

Thoughts on Colombia

Well I have a lot of thoughts honestly.

It’s my first time traveling in any part of the Americas other than my home country.Shameful yes I know,but I plan on rectify that starting next year.

What I’m most excited about?

Being able to blend in.

You don’t understand how excited I am to be able to blend in with natives,I mean until I open my mouth that is.Besides the U.S. I’ve only lived and traveled in Asia,a place where me being black is a… well… … an interesting experience.

So for me it will be my first time traveling to a country that has a big population of people of African descent and it’s exciting.I really love the fact that I wont be stared at every day as I live and travel around Colombia(I wish I was exaggerating,but in Asia it’s something that you just kind of to get used to).

Food

Now honestly I don’t know a lot about Latino food,but I love food as a whole.So I plan on learning a lot about the food in Colombia as travel around the country.Food is actually one of my favorite parts of traveling to any country, exploring the different types of foods that are popular there,and comparing it to Southern food.Then realizing how similar and different our foods are.

The thing I am most excited about is street food.It’s not popular in the U.S. at least not in the South,but buying and eating food from vendors is one of the best ways of learning about the cuisine of any country(and seeing what’s popular to eat at the time).

Things I wonder about:

What will it be like to be teaching at just one school(I’ve always previously  had three to five)?

What grades will I be teaching?what hours?

Will I get placed in the program I want?

Will I be in walking distance of my school?

Will I be able to find a reliable barber or hair products in my city?

Will I go to carnival?

Will I be able to take a martial art in the town or city I’m in?

Will I have an awesome co-teacher?

Will I be placed in the area I want or even be in a city?

How will my minimum level of Spanish affect my life?compared to my nonexistent level of Korean my first year there.

Will I decide to have roommates?or put up more money to have my own place?

 

I have a lot of questions, I’ll share the answers to you when I figure them out.

Thanks for reading,

BlerdLikeMe

 

 

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My second Greenheart interview

Let’s start from the beginning.I had my first interview the previous week with my recruiter ,Greenheart Travel.I can’t say I felt extremely confident about that interview, but I did get through it. I was told that in the next two weeks that my information would be getting sent to Colombia and by then I would have been contacted by the program.

A week later I got a response. It was a email by a current English teacher in Colombia,  giving me potential dates for my second interview. All in the next few days.She gave a small list of scenarios to think over for the interview.

I  had a four o’clock interview and i was ready for it.Until I opened my laptop, my screen refused to turn on.

*sigh*

Alrighty then I had a backup plan.My handy dandy Note 3 came through to save the day.So she found me on skype  and I added her and it began. Not before she asked me if we could do an audio interview because of her interview connection(I was more than a little happy).

My interview was like 53 minutes long. Now you’re probably wondering why but I took a lot of time answering each question and asked for some questions to be expanded on.And then I asked her a lot of questions.

Favorite part of my interview.

Teacher: How will you deal with stress in your life?
Me: I eat a Snickers.

After which we both bust out into fits of laughter. She said my answer has been the best yet. Of course after that I gave her a real thought out answer.

Unlike my first interview I had a lot more confidence in this interview. I gave very detailed answers to each question. I realized that going in with some experience living and teaching abroad helped a lot. To me going into a bank or phone company without a hard knowledge of that counties language doesn’t bother me. You look up the terms you need, don’t be nervous you’ll get through. I used to go to the bank and phone store all the time in Korea. Half the time people spoke English other times I made do. You get used to it. It’s uncomfortable at first but you’ll get over that eventually. Neither does having a lack of internet or phone coverage bother me,I realized that I spend way to much time on Netflix and Hulu. I plan on getting it turned off right before I go.My goal is to spend as much free time as I possibly can exploring.

I did tell her that I wanted to teach in a city in the coffee region. I also pointed out that I wanted to do MEN much more than SENA. Which is a plus for me in both ways. Most people want to do SENA because they would rather teach alone. Not me I prefer having a co-teacher. And while a lot of people are trying to be near the ocean, or in a big city such as Cali ,Bogota, or Medellín. I just want to be in the coffee region it seems like a good fit for me.

So basically my whole interview was full of laughs and joke,and lots of questions.She actually said I nailed it.Also my laptop was working the next day…. …It’s now Tuesday and I had my interview Monday it’s only a few more days until I get my interview.

This week I’ll see if i made it.

Thanks for reading,

BlerdLikeMe