I had a few teaching jobs in Antalya but I recently got offered one in Denizli, which is a 3 hour drive from Antalya but I needed some extra cash so I took it. I got picked up at 6am and went there with two people from the Language School in Antalya.
I was going to the School as a Native speaker. The children there don’t have much chance to meet a yabanci (foreigner) so they were quite excited to meet me. As it was a nice Sunny day, thankfully I didn’t have to go in and out different classrooms but rather just sat in the playground and the ones who were interested came up to talk to me.
I ended up playing football, volleyball and even dodgeball with them. I was to be there for two days so in the evening my travelling companions and I went to a hotel and then out to a restaurant for dinner in the evening, all paid for of course. Very enjoyable, even though I didn’t get a plug for my bath in the hotel because the hotel was trying to save money on water!
On my Second visit I took some time to walk around Denizli town centre and as you can see in the photos below I paid a visit to a couple of Mosques. Unlike Antalya there were not to many bars in the town and it is not a tourist place and is quite conservative.
The children were happy to see me again and as well as playing sports with them I ended up helping them to paint the school wall.
The third time I was there I think I played more sports with the children than actual teaching. During the football match I took a shot that would have knocked a child’s head off had it connected. I thought to myself that I was getting a bit carried away and told myself to calm down. The children were great though and one of them called Berra gave me a stone with her name on one side and mine on the other which I still have.
I enjoyed my time in Denizli and loved spending some time in the playground with the children, even though it was hard work at times as I’m not as fit as I was at there age. 🙂