Warm Sunshine on the Ground
I have been living in Malta for 2 weeks and today my second week as a business facilitator has passed.
I leave the school, find a beautiful park, or better; it is the only place where I can enjoy some shade, along with a little breeze.
I sit. I am happy. I write.
Finally, I give words to my thoughts and feelings regarding my experience on this Island.
Finally, I can do that without the sun kissing my chest. The sunlight hits my head and the heat makes my shirt completely wet, but I like it! Warm sunshine on the ground means living out of the comfort zone, it means taking streets that have no name and doing it with a positive attitude, always.
Day by day Malta seems to be left all by itself, for me. As a kid who jumps for the first time into the water without armrests. To me, this is Malta so far. An island left amongst the waves of the Mediterranean Sea, left to its own history, hopeful about the future. In a constant conflict between the reality and the ambition, between the elderly from the centre of the island and the young people dancing on the seaside.
I am a bit tired but I am proud of myself. The job is tough but insanely interesting and challenging.
I do not know how to define what I feel when I sit behind the teacher’s desk. If I think about that, I smile.
It is a mix of feelings. I am glad while I am teaching but at the same time I feel the huge responsibility. The responsibility of providing concepts, knowledge, the responsibility of inspiring students. And do it in my way, using my approach.
The responsibility of teaching them not how to study or how to behave but how to not stop dreaming. How to turn their creativity and ideas into reality. I love it! I have loved the Europe My Business programme since the beginning.
Before starting the session, I take a look at the class, I look in their eyes. I see myself.
Just few years ago I was a student. Honestly, I have never been one of the best. I was a scholar but I preferred to focus more on other stuff. I liked playing sports, taking part in different activities, hanging out with friends. All things, as well as education, that helped me to be the person who I am today.
Then I start, I break the ice. The first few minutes I want to have a light and upbeat conversation with students.
I try to be friendly. Friendly teachers were the best when I think back.
Time flies with them. I really enjoy my time! How wonderful listening to students’ life plans and answering to their curiosity is. I try to do my best. I share with them my educational background, work experiences and mostly my valuable life lessons.
Before teaching business, I try to give them my rule of life: “Believe in yourself, always!”
Now I have to go, I have a business meeting.
I get up. I keep walking again. I cannot wait for the coming week.
Warm sunshine on the ground.