A week ago my school sent out an email to expat teachers basically asking us to put in our letter of resignation by today (October 7), if we already know, for sure, that we won’t be coming back. Sure, I could have waited until the official “Letter of Intent” is sent out at the end of this month, but when I read that email I knew that five years in one country was the perfect amount of time for me. So I told them on Tuesday that I wouldn’t be coming back for the next school year.
Telling someone goodbye is always hard, even when it is just your job. Even when you still have eight months of the school year left! Teaching is never just a job. You are saying goodbye to dozens of people, more if you count all the staff and students who you see in passing. So I did feel like I was dragging my feet a bit because I love this place so much.
There is always hope that one year I will come back to Venezuela. There are several staff members who left Venezuela for a couple of years to work elsewhere and then they returned later. In fact, there is a fifth-grade teacher who went back to teach in the US for a year and then returned to a classroom just down the hall from where he was before. I could see myself doing that if the situation here improves.
All of this means that the job hunt is officially beginning. I am going to look closely at all of those Wishful Wednesday posts that I’ve made over the years (sorry, I haven’t done one in a while!), sign up with Search Associates and TIE Online, and start asking around my network of international teachers. If you are reading this and you are an international teacher at a great school, feel free to let me know if there is an elementary position opening up at your school.
My family might love it if I would move back to Portland, but I hope to find another country where I can stay for four or five years. I am pretty open to location as long as it is a great school (integrated technology, smallish classes, ideally with assistants in elementary, nice PD, and diverse student/teacher population) that is not in the top twenty most dangerous countries since Venezuela is number 21. I would also like to avoid living in the top twenty of the most dangerous cities in the world list (Valencia is number 7). I think this minimalist take on safety will be my first priority. I am really looking forward to feeling safe walking down a street in broad daylight again!