teaching english in amsterdam, teaching in general

18 April 2012

in amsterdam,daily musings,the big picture

Something I really enjoy about working at Orange is the volunteering commitment from the company.  Each quarter, we partner with a different organization. Last year, before I started working here, they made meals at a soup kitchen. Currently, we are teaching English to 8th graders at a nearby school.  Obviously I immediately signed up to participate with this one.

In a perfect world, I know I should have been a teacher.  {And maybe someday I will pursue this path more seriously.}

But for now, volunteering is the next best thing. Twice a week we visit a school and work with the same children. It’s been a few weeks, and I have to say – it is so.much.fun.  Each class we prepare a “lesson” of sorts. Yesterday, we brought in the coupon flyer books from a local grocery stores and had the kids cut out pictures & make their own “menu” – complete with a starter, a main course, a dessert, and drinks.  In the past, we have learned the words & performed a rap song, played games like simon says, and made lists of tons of new words. Oh, and I have answered about a zillion questions about myself.  The point is to get the kids talking in English, sharing their projects and ideas in English, thinking in English.  Their skill levels vary, so we have very open ended projects so everyone can participate.

One little girl in particular has reached out to me from the very first day.  {It’s such an ego boost to hear things like “You’re beautiful!  I love you!”…let me tell you.}  Yesterday, she quickly gave me this note before I left, telling me to look at it in secret when no one else could see. 

I’m thinking about changing my name from elz to “Ellen the Princess”…what do you think?? 

 

 

 

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Maite April 18, 2012

awwwww my heart just melt, how cute!

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elz April 18, 2012

i know, i just had to laugh out loud.

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Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl April 18, 2012

Omg… adorable. You know what they always say about children (and drunk people).. they always tell the truth :)

See you next week Ellen the Princess! x

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elz April 18, 2012

yes, i’d like to think so. especially in this case!

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Katrin April 18, 2012

This is so adorable! And you should definitely change your name, Ellen the Princess!

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elz April 18, 2012

ahh, glad you support this movement. ; )

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Alex April 18, 2012

STOP IT! That just put a smile on my face, cutest little girl ever!!

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elz April 18, 2012

haha i know, right!?

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Lily @ Lilywanderlust April 18, 2012

SO CUTE! I love working with kids and can’t wait to pick your brain about this program. The little ones where I work all speak with such sweet British accents, they make my heart melt.

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Linda April 18, 2012

Hi Ellen the Princess!

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elz April 18, 2012

hi there! great to hear from you, thanks for saying hi :)

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roastypeps April 19, 2012

I remember a little girl named Ellen the Magnificent…..

Maybe you can have a little secret note to hand back to her on your last day of teaching?

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Aunt Diana April 20, 2012

So glad you are enjoying working with the children. Even though it can be tough letters like that make it all worth while. You don’t realize how much they look up to you. Keep up the good work. You are always a princess to us. lol
Auntie

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