A continental sized country like Brazil, with a vast number of English teachers, needs not one but various events to fulfill its teachers’ needs. This coming Friday, October 5th, there will be 3 Braz-Tesol local events happening at the same time and in three different regions: Rio, Brasília and Manaus.
As the current Braz-Tesol Pernambuco chapter president, I can’t see these events happening without the help of so many volunteers. To these teachers, who dedicate their own time to make events happen, my everlasting gratitude.
When in high school, at the American School of Recife, I heard teachers and classmates say that it wasn’t only about your GPA (Grade Point Average) but also about the ‘extra activities’ you took part as a student. Basically, it would look nice in your portfolio to have extra activites, such as volunteering for a school club or outside school for an NGO. These ‘small things’ would count a lot when applying for college.
I learned a while ago that being a volunteer, even if only to ‘look good’ in your CV, was ALWAYS positive. Now, 10+ years working in ELT, I must thank everyone who dedicates time, work and effort in organizing events, being a minder at conferences, giving webinars for free or just spreading the word about the next event. Thank you for making it all come true.
It’s because of ELT organizations, such as Braz-Tesol, that English teachers unite. It’s because of bloggers or anonymous teachers who comment on blog posts that we all develop and improve in our careers.