People go into teaching for a number of reasons. The most common is the desire to make a difference in a student’s life. Others want to follow in the footsteps of their parents or are influenced by a past teacher. One of the most attractive reasons for teachers is those long summer vacations that are a universal benefit for teachers worldwide.
For many teachers in the world (at least those of us in the northern hemisphere) we are about to embark on a long, restful summer vacation. I am lucky to work in an institution (Dubai Men’s College in the United Arab Emirates) where we have two months of paid vacation every summer. For me as Past President of TESOL International Association, most of my time will be spent in exotic locales doing teacher training and speaking at TESOL affiliate conferences.
My summers always consist of travel and volunteer work. This summer I plan to recharge on a Caribbean cruise and a trip to Rio de Janeiro and Iguacu Falls (two places I’ve always wanted to visit) with my family. After that, I will do plenaries at BRAZ TESOL in Rio, the CELE Conference in Mexico City, and ASALPI in El Salvador. I’ll also do longer teacher training events in assessment with the U.S. Department of State as an Academic Program Specialist in Uruguay, Bolivia, Colombia, and Nicaragua. This summer is shaping up to be one of my best ever.
How do other English language teachers and TESOLers spend their summer vacations? Looking forward to hearing your ideas!