This past while

I cannot believe that there are only a few weeks left before I leave Bhutan! I am frantically trying to mentally and emotionally prepare myself for it, but for now - here are some photo's taken by my seriously talented husband! We had our Annual Variety Show full of dancing, singing and beautiful costumes. I took part in a traditional Bhutanese dance as part of the teacher's item and had so much fun learning the moves. The kids absolutely loved seeing me perform on stage in my kira. My class 5's performed an "English dance" to Katy Perry's Roar and were so excited dressed in their casual clothes instead of the traditional ones everyone else was wearing. 

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Blessed Rainy Day

Every year the Bhutanese celebrate “Blessed Rainy Day” where buckets are filled with flowers and the rain that falls during the night turns holy and is collected for the next morning. Everyone baths in this water to cleanse themselves of sin. I misunderstood everything a bit and left my empty bucket outside with flowers hoping that rain would fall at 4am. I was rather disappointed when I awoke to a dry bucket free of any holy water but apparently you fill the bucket before putting it out. Anyways, I did bath with normal tap water and its safe to say that my sins have been cleansed. 

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Punishment from the Thunder Dragon

This past week it felt as if the universe was punishing me for my decision to leave the Land of Happiness. It’s true that my husband and I have loved every moment of living and teaching here in Bhutan and the choice to leave has not been easy. I think I had been avoiding it for months - telling myself I would simply decide whats next in October. But the truth is that I am a planner. It eats me up inside when I don’t know whats happening, especially when there are only a few months left of the year. I began to stress and started to look at my options. 

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Hippie Talk

My blog has been fairly neglected of late and not because I haven't found the need to write, but rather because thinking and reflecting has been taking up much of my time. I always try my best to stay away from negativity and I want this blog to embrace the positive aspects of my life here in Bhutan. But I also want you to know the truth.

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Video Diary: Life in Bhutan

Here's a short video I made for the month of August of living here in Bhutan. I decided to take 1 second clips of my everyday life and I hope it gives you a good idea of how fantastic Bhutan can be! I had so much fun making this video and hope to do a few more before I leave. 

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Summer Vacation

I can’t believe how excited I was to have a two week holiday and not because I had anything exceptionally exciting planned, but rather because I just really needed a break! Working as a teacher is hard enough without having to work on Saturdays and only getting one holiday throughout the year, especially when you're used to the four holiday breaks back home and having a full weekend to yourself. I’ve promised myself never to complain about my given off days ever again. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve been getting a lot of private emails from teachers who are thinking about coming to Bhutan. This is really exciting! And I'm so happy that so many people are interested in teaching in this amazing place that really needs good teachers. So I thought I’d do a general Q&A for anyone who is thinking of teaching here!

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Happy Teachers Day!

I was feeling a little anxious before the celebrations were going to begin. The children had been talking about Teachers Day the entire week and it was clear that they could hardly contain their excitement. I, however, dreaded the thought of so much attention being placed on me. The children began decorating the school and preparing the day before.

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Cows don't go moo

There comes a time in everyones life where there is a situation in which you cannot laugh, you shouldn't laugh, and this just makes it that much funnier. Teaching in Bhutan presents me with a whole lot of these situations every single day and I still haven't mastered the ability to control myself - I sometimes laugh until I cry in front of a classroom of 40 children, but thats okay, they laugh right along with me. It is the land of happiness, after all.

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Health in Bhutan

I've always been interested in keeping fit and healthy and in South Africa it was relatively easy. There were gyms and frequent races and you were able to eat anything you wanted because it was all available. Many people in Cape Town also have similar interests - they are trying to get into shape or are training for one the many races available. In Bhutan, most of the people are just trying to survive. No one is looking to loose weight or to get a six pack and thats totally understandable. I, however, realised I had started to loose motivation in keeping fit or running for enjoyment.

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shake your booty

I love all the classes I teach because each class dynamic is so completely different. Class 5 loves group work and all they want to do is talk, talk, talk. Class 4 is reserved and they enjoy quiet, independent work like writing letters and stories. They enjoy getting creative! Class 3 is definitely the most fun because they love singing and dancing and acting so much - they are still babies and they are just so adorable.

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What's Changed?

Last year was my first year of teaching and I honestly didn't expect it to be as hard as it was. Everyone tells you how difficult it is going to be -but I worked really hard at university and I thought it was just the lazy students who got a fright when they went into the real world. Boy, was I wrong!

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MISTAKES

Mistakes are a part of learning. In fact, I feel you learn even better if you make a mistake. The children in my village struggle with this concept so much! They are so afraid to make mistakes and they won't even try in fear of getting the answer wrong. I've been trying to brainwash them into thinking mistakes are good by saying every single day: It's okay not to know, but it's not okay not to try. Every. Single. Day. Over and over like a broken record.

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Picasso in Bhutan

Ever since I can remember drawing has been my greatest joy (singing comes at a close second, but more on that later). When my sister got Barbie Dolls for Christmas and birthdays, I got drawing books and stationery. Stationery shopping at the beginning of every year for school was literally the highlight of my year.

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Crayons and Figs

I hand him the red crayon and see a small smile which immediately follows his hands covering his face. And then - Laughter! So much laughter. The entire class actually understands what I am saying and they get my joke completely. This is a big deal.

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Reflections on Teaching

My intention for this post is everything opposite of negative but there I are some hard truths that I've had to face coming here. I really believe moving to Bhutan was not entirely my own choosing, but rather the universe sending me here for a reason. I am still in the process of discovering my entire purpose. These are my beginning reflections.

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A Day in My Life

So many people have been asking me about what its like living here and I’ve just been so busy living here that I haven’t had time to answer all their questions! So I’ve decided to answer them all in one blog post.

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On The Road

It took us four long days to get from Thimphu to our final stop, Rangjung. I am so grateful to have been placed in the far east because it meant that I got to see all the villages along the way and I got to spend some more time with my BFC family. It seemed that we all started realising really quickly that we would soon be left to fend for ourselves and that we actually wouldn't all be together for that much longer. I was suddenly extremely thankful that Dylan was with me and that I didn't have to go through all the new changes completely alone. 

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The Arrival

Before arriving in Bhutan I had the purest intentions of blogging about my experience religiously. This is my eighth day in this Himalayan Kingdom and I can honestly say that I haven’t felt the slightest desire to confront the feelings I am experiencing at present. I am not an emotional person by nature and although I consider myself a deep thinker I have noticed myself avoiding the thoughts I tend to be having about being here. Not because they are negative in any way, but rather because of the intensity of them. 

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