I want to post some more about living and working here in the Dominican Republic, specifically about my frustrations. I think it is important for people to realize life is far from perfect here, but in dealing with the frustrations and problems, I have truly become a stronger person. Life is great here, but you sometimes have to deal with things here that you would not normally have to deal with in the United States.
For example, my neighbors drive me crazy sometimes!! One lady is absolutely amazing because she cleans my house and washes my clothes and I can trust her with anything. But other of my neighbors like to take things from me without asking and sometimes can be very rude. For example, a couple of the little kids will come up to me and ask me for money. That is my biggest pet peeve here because everyone thinks you are rich! And yes I live comfortably, but I am also working forty hours a week trying to support myself. If I was rich I would be laying on the beach for months on end and not working or doing anything. That is not the case. I hope by the end of my time here I can get my neighbors to understand that I am not another "Rich American," but I am here to work, make a living, and really be an independent person.
Second, things are done in an extremely slow manner here especially working for the Dominican government. Everything is a process...a process that takes months and months and by the end you just want to scream! This is my problem with trying to get a new bed. So, I am the tallest person in my program, a little over six feet tall to be exact. Anyways, all the other people in my program have a full size bed. Me...I have a twin size bed. A tiny little bed. At first it was fine, but now I am starting to have back problems and I really am not sleeping well, which is not fun having early morning classes and night classes. Therefore, I have been talking with my supervisor to get me a new bed. He completely agrees with me, however, I have been asking for over a month now, and I still have not received the bed. I know it is not the biggest deal in the world, at least I have a bed to sleep on, but it really is not fun waking up early every morning after having class at night and trying to run on basically no sleep. I find myself so much more crabby and that is not fair to my students! I really hope this problem gets worked out soon.
Lastly, since my classes first started I have been asking my supervisor for a new radio for the classroom. Ours does not work and we need it to play the audio CDs that go along with the book. Anyways, do I have the radio yet? Of course not! It has been about five months now! It is not only helpful for me so I do not have to talk all the time, but my students need to hear other people speaking English so they can hear different voices and pronunciation. I am really hoping it comes soon because it is very beneficial for my students.
Anyways, in spite of all the problems, the positives surely outweigh the negatives. Sometimes you just get to the point of a mental breakdown with things that go on here, but you just need to step back and take a deep breath.
Additionally, I just want to clarify my supervisor is amazing!!! He is working under the program too so he helps me so much to try and get everything taken care of, but there is only so much he can do. Also, he rarely has time to come visit my center because he is pretty much in charge of soo many different centers across the country. He tries as best he can, but there is only so much time that he has. Therefore, I was informed about a week ago that I will be getting a new supervisor. I am a little sad because my supervisor is amazing, but hopefully the new guy will be just as good!
Okay look for pictures soon! I promise they are going to be worth the wait. If you have any questions or comments for me please leave them. I will do my best to respond!!