It has been an interesting start to the new ‘school year’, with the fire meaning that many of my students were evacuated from their homes & naturally couldn’t make the first class of term – but incredibly one or two were so determined to start that they came anyway! The very best news is that none of my students lost their homes. Gardens & outbuildings were destroyed. Houses are still smelling of smoke & there’s still a big clean up to do for many – but as they have been telling me – the important thing is that they are still alive & they still have a roof over their heads.
My timetable is completely full & I have a waiting list! There are a couple of seats available in a few groups, but they are filling quickly as well. I can always fit some written translation work in, because I can do that when I’m not teaching, & I actually find it relaxing! So if anyone wants to help me relax, send me some translation work!
When I joined the board of Amjasa a year ago, I had no idea that there would be so many meetings & that there would be so much reading! Speaking to other board members they didn’t realise either. I’m not complaining – it’s really interesting & it’s great to feel that I’m doing something for the town I’m so grateful to call ‘my little bit of paradise’ – & home. Over the past year I’ve gradually tweaked my timetable so that I can fit the meetings in without having to cancel classes. We usually have the meetings at silly o’clock in the morning & I’m rarely late for my 10am class. I’m also grateful to my students for being so understanding on the odd occasion that I make it ‘por los pelos’, or ‘un poco de retraso’.
This term I have more new students than I can ever remember – & many have only just moved here, & had contacted me to book themselves in for lessons before they even arrived.
Of course it’s brilliant to see all the familiar faces from last ‘school year’ back as well! A few who have had to drop out in the past due to family & other pressures have been in touch & want to join groups again, and the ‘snowbirds’ will all be back soon. Don’t worry – we’ve kept your seats warm for you!
An interesting thing about the new students is their age. Typically my students are early or young retirees. This year I have a lot of young 30-somethings, some of whom are teachers themselves in the International schools. It’s great news for Jávea that younger people, both with & without children are moving here. (Good news for me too!).
The REALLY interesting thing though, is that I have not one, but two octogenarians! So the age range of my students now spans over 50 years. It just goes to show that it’s never too late, & you’re never too old, to learn something new. And if you live in Spain, why not learn Spanish?