My school is a primary school with students ranging from 3 years old to 12 years old. My job is to take groups of students ranging from 6-8 people in small groups and practice English. Occasionally a teacher will have a specific area they would like me to work on and I practice that with the kids, outside of that we play games, do English activities, and look at print outs from the course book they use in class.
My experience with the host families has been great. They have been very welcoming and showed me a lot about the culture and way of life here. With my first family the children were 2 and 4 years old and we had a great time working on puzzles and watching movies/shows in English. In my second family the child is 12 and we had fun making pizza and playing Jenga. I have travelled to France, Morocco, around Spain, and will be in Germany soon. With the first family we travelled to Castellar D’nug, a small village in the mountains, and that was a great little trip. We went hiking in the snow, had a 4-hour road trip, and saw a very cool small village. My advice would be to make sure and engulf yourself in the experience as much as possible. In my experience the family was really helpful with anything I need or wanted and made the adjust very easy. Also, communication is very important when living with host family. There are times when things may be frustrating and having a good relationship with the family and communicating with them will make everything easier.
My experience with the program has been great. I have learned and experienced so many things I would have never been able to experience at home. I have met so many people and made a lot of new friends. Everybody has been nothing but helpful during the whole process anytime I needed any help. I have enjoyed working in the school and creating a positive relationship with the teachers and students. For me it has been a great learning experience.
For any future CAPS in my location I would tell them to make as many friends in the town and travel as much as possible. I have been able to make new friends through teachers at school and go out with their friends, as well as meeting people at restaurants in town. While living abroad I think it is important to try as many things as possible. Whenever people ask if I want to do something or go somewhere, I almost always say yes.
I have enjoyed the program a lot. I have made a lot of friends through the program. I would like to continue living abroad and learning about things I would not normally be exposed to. The CAPS company has been very helpful throughout the whole process as well.