Just wanted to drop a line and say I´m doing well, just in a place with slow internet connection. I´m still in Itacoatiara until Friday, when I´ll head back to Manaus to teach Saturday. The bus ride is four hours, so I´ll work on a longer post for then. You can probably expect new posts from me on Sunday or Monday, and on Friday or Saturday depending on when I have time to upload them.
Anyway, I should tell you that despite some fears about being in a small town, I LOVE Itacoatiara! It´s so beautiful and peaceful here. I´ll be living at the school, and my roommate is this hilarious guy who speaks next to no English, equivalent to my nonexistant knowledge of Portuguese. Today is the first day we´ve been alone together, but it´s going very well. We talk through Google translate, charades, and onomatopoeia lol. More updates on that as it happens 😉
My classes are going great. It´s pretty much like teaching at LSC, but even easier because the teacher´s manual tells you exactly how to do everything! The students are awesome so far. As I had hoped, the classroom is where I feel the most comfortable. I´m really glad I decided to learn how to teach before coming abroad…it would have been waaayy too much to be dropped into teaching as well as a new language, culture, and social setting!
I have met a lot of characters over the last few days, and I´ll tell you about them later. Everyone has been very welcoming, and I don´t think I´ll have any problems fitting in here. On the other hand, there has been some drama with the other new intern, an American guy. Again I will fill you in in more detail later, but basically, nobody thinks he his here for the right reasons. It´s still up in the air whether he will stick around. I hope for his sake he figures it out soon!
Okay, I should go – I´m using the reception computer and classes will begin again in 40 minutes. Looking forward to hearing from you!