The hardest part about traveling is leaving home. I miss being home in my own house with my own bed. Most of all I miss my boyfriend. I think if I had been able to bring Jon with me I would have been much easier not to miss home. Also, I miss my cat. Leza is just not as cuddly as Cheerio. I need my kitty-luvins!
I have had the first week of teaching kids at the Humanitarian Lyceum or school Twenty-Three. The first day I was very nervous because I found out that I would be teaching upper-class student. The highest grade or “form” in Russia is the eleventh and I had an eleventh and two tenth form classes. This is obviously out of my ages range and I didn't want to teach high school because I don't yet feel like I am that much older than those students and I am afraid they won't take me seriously
This week I participated in the 2nd annual International Students Conference. The theme this year was “World Languages. Language and Cultural Identity in the Modern World.” I was to give a presentation in front of both the American and Russian Students. My presentation was on “The Benefits of A Globalized Perspective in the Classroom” I wrote a paper and made a Prezi for the presentation.
So this week I was unable to connect to the wireless internet in my host, Olga's, house. It made me realize just how much I depend on its availability. I was trying to write a paper and I couldn't track down more sources because of the lack of internet. Also, because I was in a foreign country it was not like I could just go to the library …. because everything would be in RUSSIAN!
So today was exciting! I got to meet the people who I will be staying with today. We all met up at the Pskov University and were graciously greeted and welcomed by Galina. As we were told Galina was the sweetest lady ever. She seemed very excited for us to be here. I finally met with my hostess, Olga (pronounced “ol-ee-a”), sho was really great as well. I found that I was living a short walk from the University on the main road Rizhskiy Prospect. Her family has a flat with three rooms, two as bedrooms and one as a living/bedroom.