Lest the reader (or my teammates) think that Bulgaria represents the completion of a journey for me, little could be further from the truth.
My future employer did indeed wait (im)patiently for my return, and I joyfully and wholeheartedly accepted a contract with the firm belief that somehow I will find a way to make up a loss of income created by the change. I simply could not refuse this chance to directly impact the educational advancement of high school students who are also learning the English language, and especially English learners who have most often experienced limited or interrupted formal education due to their experiences of resettlement to the United States under refugee status.
With the courage to make this return to the classroom full-time, I’m fulfilling a dream of being a writer who is also a teacher of writing.
Although I hope that traveling abroad to a refugee camp might one day be in my future, for now I’m content working in a culturally dissimilar area of my own city with the realization that it may prove just as challenging and just as impactful.
And finally, although one should not try to plan against what the Universe has in store, super long-range I would like to examine how the internet might be used to help connect U.S. teachers with understaffed camp teachers for purposes of better preparing pre-arrival students with academic English skills, thus reducing the barrier to educational opportunity before it ever has a chance to erect itself. So many walls…
(Hey, Ken. Remember when I said, my life is a vacation? I was serious.)
The End…or…The Beginning of the Next Chapter 🙂
This is the last post in the 5-part series On Bulgaria: Life Beyond The Wall.
Thanks for reading!