01.07.2009 - 31.07.2009 78 °F
My Moroccan mornings have recently settled into a glorious routine.
After waking up, I walk downstairs and sip dark-roast delicious coffee over casual conversation with my new friends. We talk about upcoming volunteer work - whether it is at the orphanage or at the East-West Foundation teaching english. It's great to get feedback and to bounce ideas off one another. We pick at flaky Moroccan pastries...talk about how today should be THE day to join the gym down the street...and then we smile, and pop some more doughy goodness into our happy mouths....thinking...maybe tomorrow.
The volunteers at the orphanage leave in the first van. I then have the next hour to myself to shower, continue on with another cup of coffee, and prepare my lessons.
Upon walking into the language school I bombarded by running kids and teenagers who want to be the first to wish me a good morning. It's adorable!! They each say, "Good Morning, Teacher" and then they kiss my right cheek and then my left. It's especially precious when little eight-year-old Aeymon does this.
My class has jumped up to 23 students!! It's amazing to be able to impact so many students, yet very challenging. I now have a mixed group of students ages 8-35....so you can only imagine how difficult it is to plan lessons that meet the needs (and expectations) of such a wide range of students. I often think the adults might find me to be pretty silly with annoying little kid games, while the little ones probably think I go too quickly or am too dry at times. However, for the most part, I leave the school feeling very fulfilled with the work that I lucky enough to do. My teaching here is making me a more patient, creative, and enthusiastic teacher who values the differences I see in each child and/or adult. I feel like I am living a dream and can't express in words how grateful I feel for my life and for all of you who helped to make this experience happen.
After returning home from teaching today, I sat down in my favorite chair on our terrace and dove into another book. I'm up to 4 completed books since I have been here. I don't know when the last time I actually had time to make it through an entire book, until now.
I feel fabulously happy and I am making sure to enjoy each and every moment...and keep them stored in my memory bank.