This summer I was lucky enough to receive the opportunity to work as a Primary English teacher with Inglaterra en Casa. I can honestly say that the moment I landed back in the UK and stepped off that flight, the nostalgia already began to kick in.
When I first heard that I’d received the job I was absolutely ecstatic – totally over the moon. (I didn’t actually think I would get it!) Upon arriving in Valencia late evening, it was an hour or so drive to Benissa. I couldn’t really see much as the sun had already set and if it is at all possible to get jet-lag from a 2 hour flight, then I was suffering from it! As I’d arrived a few days early, I had the opportunity to explore the town; I embraced my chance to be a tourist with open arms! Benissa is very small, and I mean you could probably tour the whole town in half a day, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy what I saw. The streets, although very tranquil, were filled with vibrant colours and reflected the culture of Benissa beautifully. The locals were all very friendly and welcoming and I basically (uh-oh get ready for the cliché) fell in love with the town! (I did warn you!)
Over the course of the 7 weeks, I worked with the most brilliant EPIC team of people. Amongst the team there were different roles, but we all worked together day in and day out and had such a great time. It’s not just the staff that made this a great trip; but the children I taught definitely made this adventure one to remember. Let’s just say children sure do have a mind of their own! (Apparently I’m 32, let’s just leave it at that shall we haha)
The kids I taught spanned between the ages of 7- 14. The idea was quite simple, to help them learn and improve their English but in an inspirational, motivational and fun way through activities and lessons. After all it is the summer, the last thing you want to do is to be sat in a boring school lesson! Whether it was English, Conversation, Drama, Cooking, Media or even Sports, children had the opportunity to enhance their level of English vocabulary and build on their speaking, writing and reading skills. Not to mention, the house system which was based on the well-known novel Harry Potter, was a great incentive and had the students fully engaged in all lessons and activities in order to gain points for their individual houses. If you were the winning house at the end of the week, you could sponge nominated staff members! Now …why would you want to miss an occasion like that?
Students over the course of these 7 fantastic weeks (I’m sure in their eyes too), experienced British Culture in a way like no other. Not only did some of them have the amazing opportunity to live with British host families to gain the maximum experience, but whether it was through building volcanoes in science, making a zombie movie in media, treasure hunting around Benissa or taking part in a typically British sports day- every child could walk out of Inglaterra en Casa this summer saying that they had successfully powered their English!! I’ve without a doubt had THE time of my life.