Useful Qualities Of An ELCA Teacher-Missionary In Central Europe
Here are some reflections on helpful characteristics for a volunteer teacher in Central Europe.
Although the schools in Central Europe are much like those in the United States or Canada, differences exist and you will need to accept them and adapt yourself to them. Schedules may be altered, classes may be canceled, your job description may change. You will need to be flexible. Willingness to work hard.
You will spend about 20 hours in the classroom each week, but many additional hours are required for planning, preparing assignments, and grading papers. Though it will be a full-time job, you will have vacations and other opportunities to relax with friends, go out to eat, attend concerts, and explore Slovakia and the surrounding countries.Eagerness to learn.
Expect to learn something of another people, language, culture, and history. You will learn from your students, your colleagues, your travels, and your reading.A love of teenagers.
You will have a good time if you like being around teenagers, with all their energy, potential, and problems.General knowledge.
Although a knowledge of the English language and British and American literature is often helpful, it is good to be a generalist because some English teachers also teach English and American history and general cultural topics like politics, health and nutrition, the business world, the environment, and music and the arts. Those with English degrees are very welcome and teaching skills are helpful.Strong classroom management skills.
You can expect your students to be bright, capable, and talented, but they are teenagers and will test the limits of the rules and of your patience. It is very helpful if you have had experience in teaching or in other managing of groups of teenagers.Willingness to share your faith.
As a volunteer English teacher from the ELCA in Central Europe, you will be expected to participate in the religious life of the community. The shape of religious life varies according to the school and the context, but may include morning prayers, chapel services, and Sunday worship. You will also have opportunities to share your faith with young people, many of whom will welcome honest discussions about religion and life.