Sunday, 22 July 2007

Summer Camp was amazing

So, I've been in Taunton in England for two weeks doing a summer camp for children from 8-12 year olds. In the morning there were 3 hours of teaching English, and then the rest of the time I was helping with the organised activities. There were 49 children there, mainly French with a sprinkling of Russians, Italians, Spanish, and one German and one Japanese boy.

The whole experience was incredible and I'd just like to jot down a few memories:

1. being woken up to the sound of screaming boys - there was a spider in their room. Being terrified myself of spiders made me find someone else to deal with the problem!
2. being taught Russian by a 9 year old girl called Nastasia. She spoke only Russian to me for half an hour and we played a card game - I had to work out the rules myself as I had no idea was going on! I can now say 'i love you ' in russian amongst other things.
3. breaking up a physical fight between two French boys. easier said than done.
4. numerous translating duties
5. dancing a slow song at the disco with an 8 yr old boy who was no higher than my chest! comedy moment for the other teachers!
6. teaching to adorable children and feeling very very proud when they got good marks in the tests.
7. re adorable children - was teaching them 'have to' and 'can' and the difference between these verbs. When I asked one boy during a break 'do you have to use your mobile phone?'....he replied......'I don't have to, but I can'......before turning and fleeing! I didn't know whether to kill him or kiss him!

It was truly an amazing experience. Absolutely exhausting, but amazing. I'm sure I'll be going back next year!

The journey back yesterday was touch and go though! The floods were so bad that the station after my home town was flooded and all the other passengers were stranded. Thank god I live in the middle of nowhere! yay! I'd got up at 3.30am to put the children on buses to the airport and wouldn't have been impressed if I'd got stranded somewhere en route home!

Thursday, 5 July 2007

The comedy sketch show that is my life

The thing is, comedy sketch shows are usually funny, at least in places. Unfortunately, mine just seems to be a relentless string of unfunny situations. An unfunny situation can be dealt with, and we all often do, in a way that we can see the funny side in the end. I think I'm past this point.

I've really not been having much luck recently. In fact, I'm sure some divine force is strictly against me and its definitely not me who's laughing. Yesterday I spent most of the day feeling sorry for myself, catching up with my old friends and filling them in on my pathetic life. Today, I felt much better about things and tried to sort a few things out. So, in need of some ID since my driving license is to be taken from me due to medical reasons, I look on the internet and find a thing called a citizencard. They need a referee to make say that yes, my date of birth is correct blah blah, so i give them my doctor's address. No problem. Then I ring up the doctor to tell them to expect to be contacted, and low and behold...my doctor will charge me for verifying that my date of birth that I gave is indeed correct. How disgusting is that?! This is the same doctor who told me that they would charge £120 for looking at my medical notes in order to tell a future employer that I was fit to work. You can imagine my response to that one! (I saw a locum doctor in the end who simply stamped my page happily and said 'have a good trip'.) haha.

I guess there will always be people who want to profit from someone else's misfortune, but this time I can say that my life is turning into a joke.

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