A un niño le daría alas,
pero le dejaría que él solo aprendiese a volar.
As I promised last time I’m going to tell you about my first working days at Muxelka.
I’m assisting English classes in Colegio Maria Pita (primary school). Each class here has 2 English lessons a week. I come to only one of them. The children are from 7 to 11 years old and that’s my favourite age J
First of all, the whole education system here is quite different from the one we have in Russia. For example, there are no breaks between lessons and every lesson lasts for 50 min. After primary school (which they start at the age of three) children go to the secondary school. Afterwards, if they want to go to the university, they must do bachelor’s degree. Either they can choose vocational education after the secondary school and don’t go to the university.
In Russia kids start school when they are seven. After nine years of school they either can get vocational education or study two more years in school in order to go to the university.
It’s a bit unusual to have no breaks between lessons, but there’s an half an hour break after the third lesson, when all the teachers run to Recreo room to get some coffee (Spanish people do really love coffee). After that I’m supposed to have a reading session for kids, but as it hasn’t started yet, I am still choosing a nice story to read.
Usually I have only one lesson after the Recreo break and then I go home to do some on-line work for Muxelka. But on Thursdays, I also stay at school for lunch and a couple of hours after. That’s the time when I can actually use my creativity and do some interesting stuff with kids apart from the lessons. Thus, we play games for vocabulary and speaking practice, and meanwhile I’m being investigated about my private life (kids are so curious, aren’t they?).
All the teachers are extremely friendly to me and they are eager to collaborate and exchange experience. Some of them have been working at school for just a few years and are open to everything new.
All the children were very interested in me and motivated to practice their English. As I told them, that I don´t understand any Spanish, they made much afford to explain themselves in English. They always smile at me and say hello when they see me at school (I even got a bracelet from one girl). It makes work with kids very rewarding (not the bracelet, of course).
We have already started becoming famous here and attended our first interview for a local newspaper. It was fun to be interviewed for the first time in my life. Although they didn´t spell my surname correctly, here´s the result: http://www.elidealgallego.com/articulo/coruna/meses-dedicados-ensenhar-ingles-menores-ciudad-y-practicar-surf/20161016211909305766.html
What’s more, in November we are going to start language courses with Muxelka. I’m going to teach Russian language and organize English Conversational circles together with my co-volunteer Ana. But for now we have only made posters to attract people there. And I already have a few participants for my Russian group! Let’s see how we are going to make it…now I’m slowly updating our facebook page, check it out! I’m glad that Russian language is on demand.
However, work is not the only thing we are doing here. Spanish people have enough public holidays and after the first week we already got 3 days off in a raw. I made my best and traveled to Cantabria region for surfing and meeting some friends. However, it´s not very close. It took me about 5 hours to get there by “bla bla” car. The weather was good and I enjoyed my time at the beach. I also found some fruit trees around and brought home figs, apples and walnuts home. Love Spanish autumn!
On Sunday night I got back a bit tired and happy to see my flat mates again and it really felt like home.
The weather is still not bad and it’s our first month in La Coruña, but we really enjoy spending our evenings at home cooking, chatting, watching movies and making traveling plans. Another day we even made a paper box for onions from an old magazine. Look how cool it is!
The next weekend we had a chance to get to know Galician weather. As the rain was unpredictable we decided to stay in the city and explore. Here are some pictures of Casa de Pablo Picasso and a food market we found (loads of strange local seafood, what a pity to have an allergy!).
Sunday was our lucky day! It was warm and sunny, and we finally made it to Monte San Pedro (about 15 min by bus). It looks like Ireland up there (even I’ve never been to Ireland). That was so nice to lie on the grass and watch the Atlantic Ocean. There’s also a great city view from the top.
After that we went to Bastiaguiero beach to check out waves. It takes only 15 minutes and 1,5 euros to get there by bus from the main station, which is 10 minutes walking from our home. For a girl from Moscow that’s extremely close J I can say we had a perfect Sunday afternoon watching people surfing, having a picnic, chilling and reading. Could it be better? For sure! The next time we will walk in the water with our surfboard. Time to live the ocean life! The only thing is that the water is sooo cold…
Whereever you are, I hope you are having a great time too. And plannig your EVS, of course 😉