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Denizli School

First Visit

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.

That sounds easy enough but after a few hours it got a bit tiring, so I switched it up and started playing ‘Simon Says’ with them which they loved. As usual though, they loved it a bit too much and I was soon knackered thinking of new ways to catch them out.

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!

Second Visit

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.

Third Visit

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. 🙂

The teachers I was with again took me out for an evening meal and when I saw the city symbol of the Big Cockerel in the middle of a roundabout I had to get my photo taken with it.

Cheers!

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