I finally got my city/school placement! It’s been 6.5 months since I started this whole process and now it is finally real and official. My letter came in the mail yesterday while I was helping a couple of friends move so I wasn’t home. However, my dad texted me in Spanish saying that he left some mail on my computer. I immediately called him and made him open the letter, and he told me I would be in Cádiz. I was sooo happy and excited!
When I got home, I realized that more specifically I would be in Arcos de la Frontera, Cádiz. It’s a smaller town more inland and from all of the research I’ve been doing, apparently the most beautiful pueblo blanco (white village) in Spain. It has a population of about 30,000 people which is smaller than I was expecting, but I’ve been reading about others who were placed in towns of 2,000 people, and even 850 people (!) so I’m feeling pretty lucky. The school I’ll be working at is called C.E.I.P. El Santiscal (the CEIP being an acronym for Centro de educación infantil y primaria…little kids!). From what google maps shows me, the school is in a neighborhood slightly removed from the main part of the city, so I’ll have to figure out the commute. Many current and past auxiliares say that oftentimes the teachers from the school will invite the auxiliares to carpool with them, so I’m hoping that happens, or that I can figure out the bus (if there is one? I’ve scoured the internet to no avail).
Now begins the fretting phase. I’m so nervous! I hope the teacher from the school who is assigned to help me will be nice! It’s going to be struggle city to find an apartment because since the town is pretty small not much is listed on the websites I’ve been recommended, so I’m pretty much going to have to play it by ear when I get there. Most of my nerves stem from thoughts about the first few days there. Arriving, finding a temporary living situation, finding a permanent living situation, etc. My mind has been slightly soothed after virtually touring some winding roads, because the place is beautiful and I saw a shoe store.
Did I mention that this city is on a hill? The entire place is on a giant hill, culminating in a large old building (I think maybe an old convent?) on the edge of a 150 meter cliff. Thank goodness I’ll be going to the gym up until the day I leave, and that perhaps the hot summer weather will have subsided some by the time I get there in mid-September. Oh, another thing I read is that the weather rarely reaches over 35°C, which is a good thing because that translates to 95°F and that is most definitely over my limit.
Anyway, now all thats left is to send the school a copy of my passport and my signed acceptance letter to officially accept the job! I’ll be doing that today. Then my visa appointment is in 3 weeks and I’ll be set to go! Good thing I have camp for two months to distract me from the anticipation! And my friend Natajah is working at camp this summer! Everything is great!