Putting into words the experience I had in Vietnam is difficult. I keep sitting down to write and my mind seems to go blank. It is such a beautiful country full of amazing scenery and even more amazing people. People that will forever be engrained in my heart and mind.
Some of these sweet people were the teachers I was fortunate enough to teach in a conference we led while in Bac Ha. If I remember correctly, there are 52 schools in this province and each school sent 2 teachers to the conference to learn “the new methodology”.
I had to put that in quotes because it was said soooo often! The schools there teach scripted lessons in a lecture style. The purpose of our conference was to teach “the new methodology” of interactive teaching. In other words, we got to just have a lot of fun with these incredible Vietnamese teachers!
I taught four sessions over a two day time period. Each session was three hours long. I videoed some of my sessions so you could glimpse a bit of what the conference was like. Of course I edited out most of the actual teaching part and just let you see the fun interactive part.
As I said earlier, the teachers were fun, did everything I asked of them, laughed, and simply made the two days fly by. It also made me realize two things:
- I really do love to teach
- It is much easier for me to be half way around the world or to work full time than it is for me to be a stay at home mom.
As I’ve adjusted to being home again, I have really had to fight against the urge to just keep working outside the home, getting involved in projects with the church, and getting busy with things other than my kids.
I wouldn’t trade staying home with my kids for anything. I believe I’m obeying the Lord and doing what I’m supposed to be doing by staying home with them. However, there is something tempting about being out in the work force where people validate you, you work in a controlled environment, the kids can’t yell at you, and you feel like you accomplished something every day.
And those of you who work full time don’t get mad at me. I’m not for a minute saying your life is easy. I’m just saying my time in Vietnam was nice because every day I accomplished something that mattered. (and yes, having clean undies in everyone’s drawers does matter…just not in the same way)
Accomplishing things was satisfying.
Satisfying is probably the perfect adjective to describe my time overseas.