It’s work, Jim, but not as we know it.
I got a job at a Language Centre here in Nha Trang. It’s a McJob because;
- Right now, it’s a zero-hour job. I’m basically on call. So far I’ve done 4 sessions on Sunday. I went for the interview on Saturday.
- The working conditions aren’t great. The classrooms put me in mind of cells. Concrete walls and tiny. The equipment ( e.g. overhead monitors ) doesn’t always work.
- The centre is chaotic, managed on the fly. The manager / head teacher couldn’t tell in advance which room I’d be in for one of the four sessions.
- The pay is low by industry standards. About NZD $10.40 per 45-minute session.
But, it’s a start, and will go toward making the rent without having to further deplete savings.
The kids are a delight. Keen to learn, and sometimes with pretty good English. Ages 6 to about 12. So no horrible adolescents.
It’s all grist for the mill, teaching experience.
That all might change quickly, and I may get no further teaching hours.
I find that out tomorrow. I think.