Some days, managing people from 10 or so different countries get’s to you. Especially when you’re an ocean away from your family for so long. Wood Group is pretty good to me, but always trying to be aware of other cultures viewpoints and taking into account their worldview becomes a struggle at times. On the plus side, the rewards when you can keep that many people from all different corners of the world working together is quite satisfying.
By the way, here is the sunset from yesterday….not bad huh?
In the 2nd year of the ITNHGE program in Equatorial Guinea, the students are in Advanced English, Math and Science. Almost every one of these kids (I say kids, but most are in their 20’s), had 0 English skills when they joined the program. The first year is a really intensive English program. I went into the Year 2 classroom the other day, and the students were giving group presentations in English and the topic was English. These kids were talking about participle’s, past tense, future tense, all things I have not thought of in many years. What’s more amazing, when the teacher asked which group volunteered to be first, half of the groups raised their hand immediately. I was quite impressed. They even worked on their transitions between members of the groups. It is an interesting dynamic, we have teachers and other employees from all over the world (Australia, Ireland, US, UK, Philippines, Eastern Europe and Nationals). All these people have different cultural norms, ways they communicate and ways they interpret. In the beginning it helps to have a bit of cultural training that way the lines of communication won’t become a jumbled mess. With the ITNHGE program, I think we got it right. But that is because we have students that want to be here and want to learn and teachers that feel the same. Here are some pics of the day!
I had to come back to Africa and miss Halloween. But my wife actually had something much cooler planed, how about an indoor water park! The kids even got to trick-or-treat in the lobby and my wife said they got as much candy as they would have in our neighborhood. I wished I could have visited Great Wolf Lodge with them, maybe next time.