Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The previous blog is still open for your questions so ask away!
In my previous blogs I have expressed my extreme frustration/alienation with so called 'schools' and their recruitement/hiring prospects.
Let me be clear I am extremely passionate about education and this will be my life long vocation in one form or another. Yet combining that with a planned move to Germany has not been smooth at all. In fact, it has become clear to me that recruitment/hiring practices in education in general are in shambles.
...So in January after completing an interview I hapily rescheduled three times, sent all documents to in advance, finally interviewing at 2:00 am and being told the next day no other feedback offered that the state would not accept my qualifcations (which they could have figured out well in advance had they tried) I took it as a sign to move on to a prospect rolling in my mind for quite sometime. Working as a private governess overseas.
In Russia I knew many foreign (usually British) governesses and nannies. They were generally neutral to unhappy working for extremely wealthy and demanding families that offered very little in the way of support but huge financial benefits (much more than what I would make as a teacher frankly...) overall they did ok and encouraged me to get into the field if I wanted. I worked with many of their kids and the kids were sweet, Russian co-nannies very sweet as well.
When I changed professional focus to private work my fortunes changed almost imemdiately. The agencies I registered with were interested and began passing my protfolio forward. Two families took very keen notice, and after some paperwork, letters, speaking with the agent finally spoke with the Mothers via skype and it went very well! Both are very cheerful. I especially like the Mom I'll be visiting next week.
One asked for me to do a trial at the end of March and the other asked me to do a trial but has yet to set a date. ....So next week Thursday I will be flying to London where I'll be working with the family for two weeks. I have never done this before but the students I'd be working with are older and need a Spanish speaker and teacher trained on the IB curriculum so I should be ok. If there is a meeting of the minds I will soon be spliting my time between Europe and a conservative Arab gulf state (guess!)
I am nervous of course but also very excited! I have no issue putting of my move for two years or so because I'd be earning substantially more than any teaching contract I have yet to see (outside of Kazakhstan) so I can save and continue my language training in the meantime.
Speaking of...after my two weeks in England I'll be spending a week in Vienna Austria (and a day layover in Belgium/Switzerland.) I have been to Austria before, just for a day over the border to Salzburg (Mozart's birthplace.) and have wanted to return yet. There's a joke amongst backpackers that Vienna is best after 30 so I am about 8 months early...but all the same I really look forward to it. My Grandfather was Bavarian and Grandmother Austrian Italian so like Germany it should feel like going home, I would like I'd love to tell you I am all about the classical music and culture, and I do enjoy those things, but I keep thinking of "Kommissar Rex"... I used to watch that show with my Grandfather as a child and totally forgot about it until I moved to Australia three years ago.
If you have any Vienna suggestions or professional insight I'd love to hear it
Unrelated question: do you have a elected Pope hopeful? Both of my parents come from Catholic families (though with Native people that was more act of colonization than anything else) My Mom and I are really hoping that perhaps American Timothy Dolan might be elected.