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Gareth is a Secondary Teacher from Australia who is working in West London schools through Protocol Education. While the weather is changing and many of us may have forgotten that we even had a Summer Gareth reflects and shares his Summer experience. You might keep it in mind for yourself next Summer? 

Some teachers spent the Summer holidaying in the Mediterranean. Many others continued to teach through the Summer in ‘Summer schools’ and ‘Summer camps’. Gluttons for punishment? Or perfect paid travel?

I spent the summer working in a small language camp in Oberlahr - a German town with a curtain and carpet shop but no supermarket. I would highly recommend working at one of these camps as an alternative to holidaying during the summer – especially for those teachers who have been working supply a while and may not have enough pennies for decent travel. It also set me up financially for the early September supply drought.

Camps are held across the UK and Europe, so it’s just a matter of finding a location that tickles your fancy in an area of teaching that floats your boat. A simple Google search tends to bring up a plethora of possible options.

My teaching stint was as a TEFL teacher. Most students were Russian or Italian, despite the camp being held in Germany. The classes were a mixed bag, and my own limitations with multilingual skills certainly led to a number of awkward situations. Least of which was being unable to read the German sign on the sauna that said ‘clothing optional’. Let’s just say some young Italian students got a pleasant surprise which due to their own multilingual limitations could only be retold through hand gestures.

The mornings were spent educating teenagers on the ways of the English language with assistance from Elmo and Bon Scott via YouTube. The afternoons were spent supervising students as they played sports, wrestled each other in swimming pools, side-saddled horses and abseiled down mountains. Then of course there was the yoga session where I fell asleep. I’m very Zen when I’ve babysat teenagers fourteen hours a day for three weeks.

The final upside of working my holidays away with petulant teenagers was the plethora of German food we were fed. Nothing keeps me more satisfied than a daily diet of schnitzel, spätzle and sauerkraut – well maybe kicking my feet up in San Sebastian with some sangria is more satisfying. But as a second option I’ll take one-hundred-plus teenagers and a wholesome serve of German pork.

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Tags: Gareth, Protocol Education, Teaching, Supply, Secondary, Australia, Holidays, Destinations, Summer, Rainy days, Breaks, Travel, Australian

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