I’m becoming very bad at updating and writing on my blog. There is no excuse besides how long and crazy PST (Pre-Service Training) days can be. Most days I wake up at 5 am, mandi (bucket bath), get ready, eat breakfast and try to squeeze in laundry time (I’m lucky, my PST host family has a washing machine) all before language class at 7 am. From 7-12 pm is language class, which is actually taught at my house (again, I’m very lucky). My language cluster consists of only 4 volunteers (all language classes are small, 4-7 volunteers). Then we have a lunch break from 12-1 pm. After lunch we all bike over to the next village for TEFL training since we’re all going to be English teachers. That typically last until 5 pm and I usually get home by 5:30 pm. As soon as I get home, I take a nice cold mandi because I’m always swimming in my own sweat. By the time I’m done with my mandi, my ibu usually has makan malam (dinner) ready. The rest of the night is spent sitting outside of my front porch conversing (with the little bahasa Indonesia I know) with my host family and neighbors. My nights typically end around 8:30 pm because I’m usually very exhausted by the end of the day. Blame it on the HEAT!
This week, we started practicums at the local middle schools/high schools in Kediri. (More about practicums and what it’s like working with Indonesian counterparts will come in a later blog). My schedule is still similar with long days. I have practicums in the mornings followed by 5 hours of language training at the end of the day. My language cluster and I have quickly discovered that a small 30-minute nap session after lunch makes a world of difference in our long busy days. It’s now officially a Blab B (my cluster name) thing.
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