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A Fond Farewell

Orianne is a Canadian teacher working through Protocol Education Bristol branch. Like many before her, her time in the UK has come to an end. Orianne shares her final blog with us. 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that partings are rarely joyous affairs.

And as international supply teachers, there comes a time for us to pack up our bags, bid farewell to the country that holds a piece of our hearts, and turn our eyes homeward.

I think for many of us, the U.K. held a sort of enchanted quality, which attracted us here in the first place.  The fact that it actually has supply jobs available in a language we speak certainly has a charm of its own.  But for many of us, it also holds all the legends of history, fairytales, famous role models, music and art culture, good beer, football, or a lively life-style that beckoned to us across the seas.

One of the best things about living and working in a country that we put up on a sort of “other worldly” pedestal is that these illusions are broken fairly quickly.  No one who has supplied here (or at least not in Bristol) can claim a fairy-tale-esque existence.  Although, I suppose our daily battles could be likened to St. George and the dragon with a surprising degree of accuracy.  But in shattering our illusions (the remnants of which we may treasure and pass down to our own children in the same tales we had growing up), we are able to see the country for what it really is: an amazing island, full of incredible ingenuity is all forms, engineered and share by amazingly regular people.

We have gained an appreciation for a culture based on what it really is, and a better worldview.  And in the process of this discovery, we have found new enchantments and charms to carry home with us: new friends, new words and expressions to stump our old friends with, amazing memories of castles and pubs, sweaters that will be somewhat of a novelty at home, tea cups, toffees, tales of surviving teacher-colds, and a new appreciation of local and international histories and interactions.

And last, but not least, we will carry memories of all the little faces that we greeted, laughed with, sent out of the classroom in exasperation, challenged, were challenged by, hugged, were hugged by, and the mutual change we made in each other’s lives.

So on behalf of all international teachers preparing to head home in the coming weeks: A toast, to England: for amazing adventures, incredible challenges, wonderful people, and the opportunity to do the job we love. Cheers.

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