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ILP Student Spotlight: Meet Volodia In Ukraine!

Posted by Auvi Evans on 11/17/17 4:45 PM

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Lucky ILP Ukraine volunteers - you get to teach some super cute kids who you are  going to adore. We want you to get to know the students better so here is a little bit about Volodia who you may teach with your ILP group in Kiev, Ukraine!

During your semester abroad in Ukraine you will get to know each of your kids, figure out their quirks, what does and doesn't work when teaching and honestly your heart will grow 1,000+ times because you love them so much (even despite the days when teaching is harder).

Volunteering in Ukraine will give you amazing opportunities to make a difference and as you teach English. Click here to learn more about what a day in Ukraine will be like!

 Caroline M. who is currently volunteering in Ukraine shared a little bit about Volodia, who has been a student on the ILP program for two years! Caroline says:

"Volodia is very rambunctious and outgoing. He is all over the place but knows when to listen. He has a lot of energy and enthusiasm and is constantly moving. He always has a smile on his face no matter what and is always happy. You can tell he likes coming to English school!"

Volodia's Favorite English Word is...

"Volodia loves the word 'uh oh'. Whenever something wrong happens he is always the first one to say uh oh.... when I ask him what a letter is, or even a word, and he says the right letter or word, he gets super excited when he is right. He always makes sure he his right so he can get a huge high five. He loves repeating the teacher."

A Funny Story About Volodia

Your kids will crack you up when teaching. They have the funniest little attitudes and say the most hilarious things. Caroline shared: 

"Volodia is a funny kid. Right now we are learning the alphabet. We have a routine in class of asking for a paper and pencil. I will usually ask them the same thing in the same order. "Do you want a paper? Say: "I want a paper". Do you want a pencil? Say: "I want a pencil." One day in class I begin asking everyone, and when I get to Volodia he told it to me what I tell him everyday word for word. It was as if he was pretending to be the teacher and I was his student. I don't think he realized he was being like the teacher, but it caught me off guard and I thought it was funny. "

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What Have You Learned From Teaching?

When teaching your cute kids you will learn so much about yourself and how to serve others. Caroline says what she has learned:

[To be patient] ... "and always be enthusiastic. If you are bored in class they can tell and will also be bored. If you are always enthusiastic, they get more excited in class and have more fun. Another thing I have learned is patience. My students are a lot smarter than I realize. It is so rewarding to see that they use what they have learned from you. However, it doesn't happen right away, for something to click it takes awhile. Once that light bulb clicks in their head you can tell. That makes you want to teach more."

What's Your Favorite Part About Teaching?

"My favorite part about teaching are the kids and their personalities. Like I said before, it is rewarding to see something make sense to a child at. At the beginning, they don't understand a thing you are saying and will not talk much but with time they get comfortable and something clicks in their head and things begin to make sense. Seeing the moment things start making sense for a child is very rewarding."

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Ready to adventure and teach English in Ukraine with International Language Programs (ILP)? The L'viv Chocolate Factory, beautiful cathedrals, Tunnel of Love, incredible borscht, insanely cute kids and more are waiting for you! Click the button below to get your application started today!

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Topics: Ukraine, Making a Difference, In the Classroom

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