From my first two weeks that mainly consisted of melting down a lot in private (and a few cases in public hahaha) things got better. I started to finally do what was in my job description and on top of that I got to do a lot more for the people of Bulgaria. These made me so happy cause as I was teaching, I was learning as well. It is so cheesy but there really is no other best way to put it.
Getting to work in Bulgaria is definitely one amazing experience that I will always be proud of. I was fortunate that I also got more out of my original lone job description. Initially, my only job was to teach dance/music/theatre to orphaned/abandoned children at Artist Foundation in Sofia, Bulgaria. But in getting to know the people there, and in them getting to know me, I was offered more job opportunities. I’ll put up more detailed posts on these next time. For now, here is a basic rundown of what I was doing in Bulgaria.
1.) Teaching Dance/Music/Theatre to Orphaned/Abandoned Children at Artist Foundation
This is without a doubt one of the BEST jobs EVER. At first, I was bummed cause all I did the first 2 weeks was make paper mache masks for adults who had a theatre show coming up. But eventually, things turned out right and I was given my very own bunch of misfits. These kids were aged 5-17 and of great variety. Some were orphaned, some abandoned, some only see their families every weekend, and I have one student with down’s syndrome. Stephanie bless her heart, that super sweetiepie is the most kind-hearted kid I know.
My kiddos are seriously the most adorable, sweetest kids ever. I arrive at the foundation and as early as the first floor of the building (we have our classes at the theatre on the 5th floor), there were already kids calling out my name and rushing to hug me. They may not have perfect English but their passion for learning is admirable. I was able to teach dance, basic gymnastics and music to them and just kind of supervised over their theatre play. To be honest, most of the time I spent with them was more on having a good time, playing around and dancing around with them. I love playing with them cause I am childish as well and just seeing their face light up makes me so kilig. It breaks my heart to know of their life situation but it gives me hope to see them so willing to get more out of life in any way they can. These kids inspire me and I think about them everyday. I miss them so much… :'(
2.) Teaching the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals At various semi private schools
This was actually the internship of the two other interns that I was with in my batch. One is Munir from Algeria and the other is Adria from Mexico. I am used to being really busy and swamped with work and even if the kids do take up my time, I wanted to do more. So I asked permission from Ivan Zerkov, the VP for exchange, and after processing, I also got into the UN MDG program.
We were tasked to create presentations based on the UN’s Millenium Development Goals and educate the kids on what these are and how to make it possible. I usually do it the unconventional way and create entertaining presentations and present it in a manner that is fun and engaging for the students. Seeing them enjoy my classes make me so happy, and I especially love that I teach along with my room mate and now one of my bestest friends in the world, Adria.
One of the most heartwarming feelings I had in Bulgaria was that right after my very first class ever, a bunch of students came up to me to take pictures with me, ask for my facebook so they could add me, and ask random questions they’re curious about regarding my culture and country. It meant the world to me because I knew that I had somehow touched these kids’ lives in the little way that I could. They’re all bright, and so gosh darn beautiful. These kids were all ridiculously good looking!! Haha. I have no doubt that they’ll grow up to be amazing people and just like my kids from Artist Foundation, I do miss them and am quite happy when they still contact me on Facebook/Instagram up to this day. :”>
3.) Giving communication workshops for university students at UNWE (University of National and World Economy)
This one was more on sheer dumb unicorn-ry. AIESEC UNWE’s VP For Communications (at present she is now AIESEC Bulgaria’s VP For Communications way to go mother unicorn!!) fell in love with me during the meeting that gathered all new Sofia AIESEC-ers. Hehehe. Yes, Dazi, I know you did. :P It was one of those magical networking moments that landed me another great job in Bulgaria! :D Dazi and I got closer everytime we talked and she had already clued me in on her desire for me to give communications workshops to her team of university students. UNWE is a college that is mostly business centered so the students don’t really have a lot of technical communications background. I’m not saying I’m the shit. I told her that I had experience in events, pitching, public speaking, and the like (she asked this okay haha), and said I would be okay to help her out however way she needs.
Dazi, my mother unicorn, paved the way for me to do these mini workshops. I loved it because I got to teach other people what little I knew about communications in the aspects of events, pitching and public speaking. The students in that workshop are also my friends now and they are seriously brilliant. I was quite humbled and secretly jumping up and down in joy because they appreciated and took in everything I told them. The “Feedback letters” that Dazi gave me right after my workshops with them made me go crazy happy jumping bunny cause they all enjoyed it, learned a lot from it and all other positive comments with the only negative one being that “I talk too fast sometimes”. Hahaha. But then that’s always a constant with me. Lols.
I may have had a lot of jobs and work on my hands, but that in no way meant less time for having fun with other people.
Click HERE to read about how I spent time with friends from different places in Bulgaria.
Read on to find out about my Bulgarian experience on these posts:
“WORKING IN BULGARIA” POST SERIES:
- How I Got This Amazing Opportunity
- Flying In And Spending My First Night In Plovdiv
- Of First Impressions And Filipino Misconceptions
- My First Two Weeks in Sofia Was Like A Personal Hell
- My Jobs In Sofia, Bulgaria
- Life And Times With Friends From Different Places
- The 30 People Who Made My Experience Magical For Me
- Looking Back, A Year Later