Well, CELTA is over, Fallas is over. The city has fallen quiet and life has taken on a new rhythm.
It’s a strange feeling, being between jobs. I think CELTA kept us all so busy and focussed that it was a bit of a shock when it suddenly came to an end.
Two weeks ago I met up with a CELTA friend and we were chatting about how we hadn’t really done much about applying for jobs yet. We were both feeling a little bit down, like we didn’t stand much chance of finding work, but we hadn’t even tried. It was time to spring into action.
The next day, I set myself up on a private teaching website offering Spanish teaching for speakers of other languages. I didn’t hear anything back (and still haven’t), but two days later, I set myself up on the same website offering English lessons. Well, that was a completely different story! Within a couple of days I’d had three people contact me, leading to two teaching jobs. Suddenly I felt much more optimistic.
I haven’t had any more potential students contact me, but I have been asked to work with my first student’s sister once I finish preparing him for his exam, so that’s a good sign. Hopefully word of mouth will help me to pick up some more work over time. I’ve also set myself up to give online lessons and have been in touch with one of my private Spanish students from back home who wants to trial a Skype lesson. So, it looks like perhaps there is life after CELTA!
In the meantime, I’m trying to keep being kind to myself. It’s easy to swing between optimism and dejection, and I need to try to maintain some kind of balance and get into a new routine. Somehow, the last couple of weeks of resource hunting / development and lesson planning have felt really busy, even though I can remember clearly the long days (and nights) of work for the CELTA course.
I seem to have fallen into a bit of a Spanish routine, getting up late and working late into the evening, but why not? One of the good things about my current situation is that I can choose when I work. I’ve taken to going for a walk in the morning – often to the new Parque Central – before settling down to lesson planning. I’ve also been able to keep going to the writing workshops, language exchange and yoga balance class and join a running group – and catch up on some sleep!
As my friend said to me, we need to make the most of our current freedom to enjoy the city.
It won’t last forever, but for now, it’ll do.