How often do you wake up with a smile on your face? How often do you wake up in the morning, not caring if it is Monday or Sunday? How often do you wake up in the morning, being happy with the fact that you have to go to work? Well, for me this is every single day. No matter if it is raining or snowing, if it is sunny or stormy, I feel excited about every day when I have to go to “WonderLand”!
I have been teaching English to young children and teenagers for the past 12 years. It all started after I had a year off after graduation. I applied for a job in a private language school and was immediately hired. Since day one I understood that this was going to be my life. Teaching, helping, loving and taking care of children. Since day one I had a new dream, to have my own magic place, where I could teach the way I believe children are supposed to be taught. I got a lot of experience and professional ideas and I appreciate every single tip that was given to me throughout the years while I was working for other people.
In 2016 I met a person who has the same beliefs and point of view as mine and so “WonderLand” was created. For me this is a place where I have put all my heart, energy and creativity. I believe that every child is special and the connection with the teacher and the other classmates is of great value. So, in my school we are all friends and we always talk to each other, we share, and we learn together.
My days always start with a smile. I go to work in the morning waiting for my students. We greet each other, we play games, we revise, we learn new words, we talk to each other about everything that has happened, we check our homework, we listen, we read and write. Each class is different because each child and each group has got a different dynamic and that's what makes my job extraordinary.
Each holiday, both Bulgarian and international, are celebrated in “WonderLand”.
Sometimes we organize a party, or a contest or we have special guests and have a chat. During the summer we go camping with some of our students usually in the mountain. While we are in Sofia, we visit museums, sports centers, we go to the cinema, the zoo or the swimming pool, we do different art and crats every day There is always something new happening.
I feel blessed to have the chance to work what I love the most. I want to develop and to become a better teacher and person and give more and more to my students every day. If everyone did what thet loved the world would be an amazing place.
by Viara Kazanaklieva
TC “Culture as a tool of conflict resolution” in Budapest, Hungary