This first month of school has been a total rollercoaster of emotions! Between first day jitters, stress from organizing too many clubs, and getting a handle on the emotions of teenagers (or at least trying to); it has taken me the whole month to get back into the groove of things. During my free time (which wasn’t much), I enjoyed reading a few books that my school got from Darien Book Aid. I already finished up Write Before Your Eyes and now I’m on to Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. If you don’t know what Darien Book Aid is, feel free to skip to the bottom of this post to learn about it (but make sure to come back up to learn about life at a Ukrainian school)!
When I’m not enjoying my free time, I stay busy at school. My work day ranges from around 2 hours to 8 hours. I am currently running the Empowering Through Aid program, an English Club (for 5th through 8th forms), Volleyball club (for all ages), and Teachers’ English Club. I also go to the Opishnya Collegium (a.k.a. the Art School) for a few hours on Wednesdays. I get to spend time with the 7th, 3rd, and 4th formers. We complete activities, play games, read books, and watch movies during these few hours together.
My world during this first month of school has not completely revolved work though. We (the teachers) got rewarded for all our hard work on Teachers’ Day. We were showered with flowers and chocolates from our students, as well as given a special assembly and lunch. These celebration lunches might just be the highlight of working with these wonderful people (at least up to this point). During our lunches we enjoy eating, drinking, talking with each other, playing games, and dancing. I always enjoy myself, even if I do not always understand what is going on. I think my new motto ought to be: Understanding may not be mandatory, but participation always is!
Darien Book Aid
This amazing non-profit organization, sends books around the world to libraries, hospitals, prisons, and schools. They even send books to Native American and Appalachian groups in the US. If you are need of some books you can make a request easily on their website. There are three applications: US Peace Corps volunteers, Non-Peace Corps, and domestic requests. If you are interested in working with this organization, there are many ways for you to help! You can donate books, volunteer at the Connecticut workshop, or donate money (one 25-pound box of books costs $100 dollars).