Staying for More Punishment

Okay, so I haven’t exactly kept true to my goal of “one post a week.” However, I just NOW uploaded the remainder of my Semana Santa photos to Facebook so you can see what kind of time-lag I’m working with. I’ll (hopefully) be posting about Italy, Barcelona, Zaragoza etc within the next few weeks.

But first…

drum roll please….

 

I am renewing with the BEDA Program for next year. I’ll be working in the same school, but they are hiring another assistant to cover more hours. This means they are dropping my hours from 24 this year to 18 next year. Ugh. Also, I’ll only be working with children who are 12 years old and older. Maybe this will give me more time to prepare activities or even pick up more private lessons, but I’m a bit sad I won’t be working in infantil anymore.

Now I’m in the process of getting together all the materials to renew my NIE. Friday, I have my appointment to get my empadronamiento. This is basically just a way to register where you live and it may be necessary for the renewal. If I ever need to verify how long I’ve lived in Spain, it will also help. I will try to write a post with all the steps for the renewal after I’m finished.

Settling In

I’m here! I have a place to live and groceries in the fridge and cabinets. I have a Spanish phone number. I’m meeting with everyone at my school tomorrow… I can’t believe it! The last couple of days have been very busy and tiring, but I wouldn’t trade that for the alternative. I’m meeting some others from the program in 30 minutes so this is a quick post, but I wanted to add some random photos. I’ll try to post more often!

 

BEDA Classes

Hello everyone!

I’ve received my BEDA Group assignment and I’m in Group 6. Who else is with me!? Don’t be shy now.

Also, I received the contact info for the coordinator at the school where I’ll be teaching. I sent her an email to introduce myself and to ask about the age range of my future students. It turns out I’ll be teaching 12 through 17 year-olds! Now, I’ll be honest here. I am pretty nervous about this. I’m much more comfortable teaching people around my age or much older. That’s what I’ve been doing for several years and in a few different places. I’ve always been the young girl with all of the older friends. Or the youngest girl in the office. That sort of thing is natural for me. Understanding children is not, but I am excited about discovering how.

Now, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Children kind of freak me out. Please don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t like children. I just get all super awkward whenever it’s time to interact with them. I’ve always felt a bit of jealousy for the people who can just go right up any child and attach and engage themselves with them. It seems to be a gift. It’s a good thing a bit of nervousness is healthy! Please pay no attention to any future kid-phobia freakout manifestations. I know I can do it. I might just have to work at it harder than most. This will definitely help push me out of my comfort zone; teaching children, a new country, a new language, a new life.

Something funny happened today. I received another Auxiliares de Conversación email today which informed me I was still “admitida.” However, I was asked not to be discouraged since they were making placements from the wait-list which began around application number 1404. The reason I found this a bit humorous is because when I applied I’m pretty sure my application number was 5,000 something. Yep, don’t worry. I won’t be discouraged. I’m super happy BEDA worked out!

If anyone has any tips, tricks, or suggestions on what to expect in this 12 to 17 age group PLEASE feel free to add your input! I’m kind of starting at square one here.

Life and Letters

This new project I’m on at work is stressful, but allows me to be the “type A”, masochistic personality I apparently thrive on. I’ve already worked six hours of overtime this week. Well, there is one thing I’m lacking. Wine. Okay, maybe also sleep, but they both sort of go hand-in-hand. So, before belly dance classes tonight I’ve decided I will grab a couple bottles. Did I mention we have one more week to learn our new choreography? We will be performing the first week in June. 🙂

I received an email this morning from the BEDA program and it contained the official letter for auxiliares. We will get our class group assignments next week. The letter contained information about our wage, what we will be doing in the program, and information about our insurance coverage. It looks like I have some studying to do. Is anyone familiar with UMAS-CASER?

BEDA Program 2012/2013

It’s not possible for me to accurately convey the mixture of excitement and fear inside me, but in several months I’ll be living in Madrid. Last week I sent in my placement acceptance to the Bilingual English Development and Assessment ( BEDA ) program in Madrid. I will be teaching 16 (and hopefully more) hours a week in a Catholic school near the center of the city. In addition, I will be taking courses at Comillas. Luckily, the school where I will be teaching is not far from the University.

I have gone into full-fledged money hoarding mode. I worked 53 hours last week. The plan is to keep up this pace in order to have a nice little money cushion during the transition to Spain. Ugh…so many things to get in order!