For many years now I’ve been wanting to write a book, but every time I sit down to do so I am overwhelmed with emotion to the point that I freeze. I have so much to talk about, but can’t seem to get it down ‘on paper’.
Then came the opportunity to go to Panama to teach and it has been brought to my attention that I should blog about it – so here it goes. I enjoy reading other people’s blogs, and hope that you equally enjoy mine. Please feel free to comment, as questions, and let me know you’re there!
One of the biggest goals I’ve had in my life that has been hovering in my mind for years is the desire to go to a third world country and work with children. I always thought it would be Africa, but as my husband clearly points out – how would I ever survive, being the big chicken that I am? Then came a conversation with his sister and brother-in-law about the possibility of living in Panama. We began to research Panama and what it has to offer when I saw a forum posting about an English teacher in a Panamanian school. I asked more, she answered everything, and off we went in October to check it out. We were welcomed with open arms in to the school, and found a lovely little home to rent in a gated community ten minutes from the school.
Not only will I teach one of my favorite age-groups (Grade 3), but I will be able to implement my reading program (via the Kindergarten teacher) with children who are learning English as a second language. This will evolve into a research study during which I will document and write a report for all to see. In addition to that, I plan to translate my reading program into Spanish. Kirk and I will continue working on iPod/iPad apps using the concepts of eReadingPro, and I will travel now and then to present the reading program at conferences and various workshops. Needless to say, I will be very busy!
For the last two weeks, after we got Christmas over with, we’ve been packing away our personal belongings, and trying painfully to decide what things we will take that will fit into the 64-lb weight restriction of our checked luggage, and 12-lb carry-on. Much to my great dismay, my rolling computer bag weighs 11 lbs BEFORE I even put anything in it! I love my computer bag, as it is a pleasure to roll it through airports with little effort, rather than having a multitude of things hanging from my shoulders which inevitably result in pain. Having to choose what to take and what to leave has been much more difficult than I thought! The countdown is on now though – 5 more sleeps!
As the 15th of January quickly approaches, my emotions flip-flop. The excitement of fulfilling a life-long passion is amazing! The thought of leaving my two daughters behind in Canada breaks my heart into pieces. Leaving wonderful friends to go to a new place where we know only a couple of people just feels strange. Not knowing what we will be able to get there, where to find it, and what we really need to take makes packing interesting! Speaking of packing…guess I had better get back at it!