One week down

I wish I had more to share about what’s happened since we’ve been back. Wes has a great post about our experience on the boat and all the housing confusion.

We are still in the first house we were placed in. As much as we have tried to make this house work, it’s just not going to happen. I think every pipe in the house must be broken. The shower leaks into the living room and there’s (what we think is) black mold everywhere. So we have to move. Wah. It’s incredibly disappointing because we were looking forward to living so close to the school. I definitely think that this year is going to be much more challenging and I’ll probably spend a lot more time on campus. I really wanted to live here so badly. This house has brand new appliances, fans, and hot water, plus we were supposed to be getting a washer and dryer! Oh the luxury! Also, we wouldn’t have to pay any bills since it’s gov’t housing. That’s all so hard to walk away from. I even considered maybe just not using the living room at all; we also talked about building a new shower outside and not using the indoor one, but really we just need to let this house go. Wah.

Look at that view!

We’re in the house on the right.

Inside:

Awesome loft, eh? This is where the shower leaks and where most of the mold/ rot is.

Hot water

We even have real beds!

The new oven really overshadows the mold growing beneath the sink.

Tomorrow we’re moving back to Faleasao. We’re moving into a house that another contract teacher lived in last year. He was a good friend of Wes’ so we’ve already spent a lot of time at the new house and know what to expect. It’ll be nice to be back in the village and on the beach again, but I’m so bummed that we have to leave this house. If only it wasn’t all rotted out!

The first week of school went pretty well. My very first high school class ever was absolutely horrible and after 50 minutes with them I was ready to go back to the elementary school! But all of my other classes have been great and the terrible class is already calming down a bit. Thank the Lord. (They were soooo bad.) The rest of the week was much better. The kids are just so funny and I love being able to talk about English all day long!

I am now the English Department Head (DH), which basically just means that I have to plan stuff for Speech Festival and the Young Writers’ Competition. I’m teaching four sections of literature, speech & drama, and journalism. I can’t really imagine any two English electives I’d like to teach less than speech and journalism but I am trying to make the best of it. This year our principal decided to add a period to the schedule in order to decrease class sizes. The additional class also means that teachers do not have a prep period. It makes for a long, hectic day indeed. But man are my classes small! My largest class has eight kids. My smallest has only one.

There are four new WorldTeachers at our school (8 total on island, 10 total in the Manu’a island group. So! Many! Palagis!) It’s interesting how different the new WorldTeach group is from our group last year. It’s also so strange to be around them and to not be a WorldTeacher anymore. It really makes me miss Courtney, Erin, and Mitch.

I had every intention to write a blog post every week but I don’t know if that’s realistic. I’ve been on campus every day this week from 6:30 until at least 5, and I’m still not caught up! Hopefully lesson planning will start taking less time and we’ll be able to relax soon. I’m exhausted!

I got a skype so look me up if you want to chat sometime! Oh, and here’s our new address:

Me (or The Beard)
c/o Manu’a High School
Fiti’uta General Delivery
Pago Pago, AS 96799

I don’t know how I feel about using that box yet, but we’re going to test it soon. Just let me know if you ship us anything so we’ll know to ask about it.

Gosh I miss y’all.

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About Cat Q.

For three years, I lived on a tiny little island in the South Pacific called Ta'u, where I taught elementary and high school English. Much of this blog is a chronicle of my time there, and of the travels we were able to do while we were on that side of the world. Now, I'm doing a different kind of travelling in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated with a B.A. in English and a history minor from Kennesaw State University in 2010, and earned an advanced certificate in TEFL while teaching abroad in 2012. I love Jesus and enjoy knitting, Atlanta Falcons football, and spending time alone with my Kindle. I've been married for 10 years to a beautiful bearded man who makes me laugh like no other. The Beard occasionally blogs over here: http://www.leapfromthelionshead.wordpress.com
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One Response to One week down

  1. Chad says:

    I love speech and journalism. Hit me up about anything.

    I feel you on the shower thing. When I was a camp counselor, our shower leaked on to my bed every time. Nasty.

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