Travel & Teach - Greece


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Katie-Anne Scott

At the moment, I'm working at a frontisteria in a large town called Agrinio, in the west of mainland Greece. I got the job through a Greek teacher recruitment agency called Anglo-Hellenic, who have been really helpful and supportive. Leaving England to work abroad was a little daunting at first, but now I'm enjoying being in Greece so much and the time is flying by - almost too quickly. I'm afraid May will come around much too soon! Of course, I miss my family and friends, but some have been over to see me already and there's always email, texting and the phone... essential when you're having an 'off day'! Having only a limited grasp of the language is an adventure too, sometimes overwhelming because you haven't got a clue what's going on around you and the simplest of things such as buying a loaf of bread or getting on the bus becomes a major source of amusement for the other English teachers, especially at first!

The kids at school are very different from kids in Britain. They bring me flowers and artwork nearly everyday (I love you, Miss Katie!), and the whole atmosphere is very laid-back and relaxed. I'm teaching the entire range of ability, from A-pre, total beginners, to Proficiency level. It's not difficult since most follow set course books and as long as you can talk about anything and everything (it's all practice for them, after all!) all is well and everyone's happy.

Being here in Agrinio is the best start for me, since there are 10 other English teachers in the town. We're all roughly the same age and have become great friends, teaching each other the odd bit of Greek and laughing about what's happened in class. Weekends are the time to go away and really relax (or go wild, away from the eyes of our students!) I've been away nearly every weekend, and still have Keffalonia, Corfu and Zante to explore before Christmas. It's crazy to think it's now November and the weather still allows us to go to the beach and swim etc!

The money is not fantastic, however. It's a basic wage I can live off, but there's no opportunity to save anything. The cost of living is cheap though (not quite as cheap as last year apparently, because of the Euro) and I am managing well. It's surprisingly easy to adapt and after all, I didn't come here for the money, but for the experience. A year's contract may seem like a long time for my first time teaching, but I'm really happy to do it. I'm surrounded by great people - my boss and his wife have become my second family! - and doing a job which I enjoy much more than I expected to.

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