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Meeting my new Boss who has an indoor pool, Colombia

Meeting my new Boss who has an indoor pool, Colombia

Culture, Teaching English

I am now in Ibagué, meeting my future co-workers, the Jefe (a.k.a. Bossman, for those few who still live under rocks), exploring the city and still fighting my damn cold. Ok, tranquilo, my cold will get better, Shawn my new employer and his family are very nice and my co-workers all seem like very nice people and then the fairies come out to dance with the unicorns and we all live happily ever after.  I love teaching English, and I love teaching abroad too but I know at some point I will learn who the assholes are who the “nice people” are.  It might not go perfect, and I know there will be ups and downs but that is half the adventure of moving to a foreign (supposedly) 3rd world country where you cannot flush toilet paper.
So here I am loving every minute so far in the sweet honeymoon stage of “the foreign country.”  I was in a quandary yesterday as to how to handle having an indoor swimming pool all to myself. Fortunately I was able to find a solution!!!! It was very nice. As to the cold showers, that is a bad romance that I fear I must simply get used to and learn to love slowly in my own time or not but at least I can pay someone pretty cheaply to install an electric shower head that could possibly shock my tits on a bad day where the ground wire decides not to work…yeah, ok.  The head honcho owns a really nice house, its big, has maids, is built around a swimming pool and even comes with high speed internet.  Life is good if you are rich in Colombia, but you really have to ask yourself: Am I being good to people by putting out good Karma? (making photocopies of text books and selling them does not count towards good Karma, this is just an example of course).  Am I treating my employees in a fair way?  (Colombians sell themselves pretty cheaply and gringos love this)  Does my presence serve a legitimate purpose in helping the world?  (English really does benefit those who can speak it even if they never can find a practical use for it, outside of American video games, talking to tourists and graduating from the university, I recommend finding institutes who offer training and test signup information for the Cambridge English Certificates otherwise you might be wasting your money for someone’s wild idea of how English should be taught and learned).
So here I am in my job, waiting to find out what city will become my new home and it is absolutely appalling some of the reactions that my mom receives when she tells people I am living in Colombia now. Like I am here to do drugs or go camping with FARC (not into the whole greasy, smelly “i’ll tie you to a tree in the jungle type”).   Well its not skin off my chin, I can be pretty flexible but I don’t have to indulge in criminal activities in order to chill in tropical paradise. BUT If you really are ignorant and close minded please, go to and read about Britney Spears latest haircut. If you are still actually reading my blog and giggling a bit at my tall stories and “gringo jokes” then open your mind and consider a world outside of McDonalds, The GOP, and that “I just want to live a normal life bullshit” so stay tuned for more adventures of my crazy life in Colombia as an English Teacher!!!

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1 Comment

  1. maria fernanda
    February 11, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    welcome to ibague, I am student in the english institute native tongue my teacher is christina, ibague is beautiful and a city very quiet, all my life I have lived here, I hope do you like it.

    I am in facebook as Mafe Henao, I can help you if you need ok 🙂

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