It has been awhile since I have updated my blog and the truth is that the last few weeks have been tough; real tough. The new teaching job I was excited about turned out to be…well, not that great. The administration was in shambles and the rules and requests they arbitrarily forced on the teachers was getting out of hand and so was my stress levels. Between the last-minute changes to our schedules, being short-changed on paychecks, teachers being fired for no reason, ridiculous requests, no photocopying/printing system(how can we produce graded work for the parents if we can’t print worksheets?), aggressive co-workers and worst of all death threats, I decided to throw in the towel and gave my resignation last Thursday and left.
The last three weeks at my new ESL teaching in Cambodia have been…interesting. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind with some ups and downs, but overall I’m content and happy to be there. That being said, this is certainly one of the more stressful and frustrating jobs that I have had and bears an eerie likeness to some ESL horror stories I have heard before.
Things have been a little hectic at the school and while I don’t want to make any judgments prematurely, my experiences thus far have led me to loose a bit of confidence in the services and structure. For expample, 6 teachers walked out…in one day. Not exactly the best site to witness your second week working somewhere. I can’t indulge why they quit, because I don’t know the exact reasons, but I can say from my own experiences and observing how things are handled internally; I don’t blame them.
If you’re like me, then you purposefully go out of your way while traveling to check out the local yoga studios in whatever country/city you are traveling in; it’s not a detour from the main itinerary, instead it’s most likely at the top right under the big three ‘must do’s’. If traveling to Phnom Penh, Cambodia is on your radar, then here is some information on the yoga studios in town and what to expect when you roll out your mat.
I’ve been living and teaching in S.E. Asia now for almost 2 years and my experiences have varied from country to country, school to school and student to student. My experience has recently begun to have a new variation as I just began a new teaching position at an international school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia teaching grade 6, a grade I have never taught before. First impressions after the first week: I like it. A lot.
Today, my boyfriend and I decided to hop on our bikes and pedal out to the countryside. It was a good way to relax and blow off some steam after a hectic first week at my new teaching position(more on that later)! We decided to follow National Road 2 until we reached a “resort” called Palm Village where they have a pool that is only $2.50 to use. This is a really nice place to relax about 30 km from Phnom Penh and also have a restaurant and traditional Khmer huts that can be rented per night. We’ve been here once before and we really impressed; the service was attentive(but not suffocating), the food was good and the ambiance was relaxing. I was thrilled to be returning today because after 5 days of being cooped up in a classroom with my students and finding my way around the (new to me) school, I was ready to stretch my legs, get some fresh air and relax by the water.
Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m Jess and yes, I’m on a journey! This is a space that I will fill my my thoughts, musing and adventures as I continue journeying through my life. Some of you may remember my blog “Travel, Discover, Love” and after much though, I chose to disband that site in favor of creating a new one that would encompass not only travel stories, but also daily/weekly musings about my life in S.E. Asia and the random thoughts I have running through my head. Plus, Journeying Jess is more catchier!