Soon I will be in a foreign land and utterly and completely jet-lagged. I will experience culture shock, be working, and feel 1,000 years old in every crevice of my body. All the while, I’ll be smiling like the summer sun behind a cloud. Why? I will be learning about a different culture and, hopefully, making a positive impact on a group of children. Where am I going and why? MONTENEGRO! It’s for a Study Abroad for the TESOL graduate program at Eastern Michigan University in which I get to teach English to Montenegrin children. I get to do this within a brief walk to a hot vacation beach spot. Oh, did I forget to mention, the gorgeous beaches!!!
I’d never heard of Montenegro before now. Most people I’ve spoken with hadn’t heard of it either unless they’re from that part of Europe. To the north, Montenegro borders Serbia, while in the southeast, it borders Kosovo and Albania, and to the west are Croatia and Bosnia. Here’s a Google map to show where’s it’s located in proximity to the U.S.:
My suitcase is mostly packed and I’m a bit of a nervous wreck (due to a too short layover from Rome to Montenegro — ugh — will I miss my connecting flight?), but MOSTLY I’m super excited!! What an opportunity!! I know it will be a life-changing experience because I went on a similar trip (Educators to Japan) years ago.
Stay tuned to see if I made my connecting flight and how I endure jet-lag, but most of all, what I learn about the Montenegrin culture and how it goes with the kids. I can’t wait to meet them!!