SO, as explained in the last post, I’ll be heading to a small town a short bus hop from Tirana. Although the town is small, the school district is actually 50,000 strong. My job, as I explained it, will be primarily to train teachers and provide on-going professional development in the way of seminars and workshops.
There are other aspects of the job that sound really interesting. Some are easy-peasy while other sound down-right daunting. Under the heading of easy-peasy would be helping the schools with the implementation of camps and clubs and exploring the notion of “Schools as Community Centers”. (This is a new initiative of the Ministry of Education and Sport). Since my experience lies in the very heart of this idea (remember my turning the libraries in Novomoskovsk into a community centers?) I am super excited to tackle this. Also under easy-peasy will be helping teachers to improve their English. (English Club for English teachers? Yeah, a good idea last time but not many attendees. However, what we did was pretty great and I can improve on this previous model). There will be challenges, of course, but at least I can draw heavily on my previous Peace Corps experience. The not-so-easy-peasy jobs will be organizing professional development seminars and conferences for the entire region. As well my host organization’s desire to establish a teacher-trainer network in order to support all the English teachers in the region. Yuh. Lots of cool challenges on the road ahead and I am super excited to get started.