Let’s talk about English Clubs.
No matter what you do in Ukraine - TEFL, CD, YD, horilka-tasting roadtrip, got lost on your way to Hungary, whatever - you will end up hosting an English Club. Or fifty. I actually find myself regretting that there are only five days in a work week, which limits the number of English Clubs I can reasonably have, but I think I’m going to start staggering some of them to see if I can squeeze in more on a bi-monthly basis.
I’ve got three going on the regular - Junior English Club, for grades 5-7, English Club for grades 8-11, and a homework help club, which is specifically Not Fun and all about helping kids with verb tenses (I plan on turning it into an extra credit test-correction type thing once I actually, you know, figure out how to give tests. I have nightmares about Ukrainian grading systems).
On top of that, the English teachers and I do monthly English pizza parties (we go, we eat pizza, we speak English, they need the practice and I need the pepperoni), I’ve got the parents of the 3rd graders asking me to do an English club for the babies, I’m supposed to do a FLEX/Olympiad training club for the advanced kids, and my neighbor’s granddaughter goes to the other school in town (where the last PCV volunteered) and they want me to make an appearance or two there as well. THERE WILL BE DEMAND FOR ENGLISH CLUBS, is what I am saying.
I have to keep my activities limited because my kids’ English level is super low (my Junior English Club actually knows way more English than my big kids, who can barely string a sentence together but still show up every week). So while it is in fact my dream to get the kids to do creative writing! and skits! and improv! someday, everything I list here can be handled even by the barely literate… with a little diagramming, wild gesticulating, and undignified pantomime, of course.