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LA: Mark Johnson 2007

Language Ambassador: Experience Report 2007

In June 2007, Mark Johnson visited PTPI’s Vaslui Chapter as Language Ambassador to teach English for four weeks.

If you are looking for an adventure of a lifetime look no further than this program. I just finished four weeks of teaching English in Romania and I had the most wonderful time.

I spent one month in Vaslui, Romania working with two groups of High School teachers who wanted to improve their English language skills. From the moment I arrived to the moment I left, my hosts were there to make sure that all of my needs were met.

I stayed in a hostel associated with the High School where I worked. The volunteers associated with People to People and the staff at the High School went out of their way to make sure that this adventure was more than I had hoped for.

I worked with two groups of teachers, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. They were wonderful to work with and came every day prepared to learn.

After class there was usually a group of us who went out to explore the town or the local area. On the weekends, they planned excursions to areas of interest around Romania that I wanted to see.

We visited the beautiful Painted Monasteries in northern Romania as well as the medieval town of Brasov and the beautiful Peles Castle.The time flew past and before I knew it I was saying goodbye to a group of people who I now consider colleagues and friends. What a wonderful way to spend a summer.

I only hope that the people I worked with learned as much from me as I learned from them.

So, if you have thought that this might be a way you would like to spend your summer I highly recommend this program. I only hope that the people I worked with learned as much from me as I learned from them. So, if you have thought that this might be a way you would like to spend your summer I highly recommend this program.