Today, we received our site assignments. All of us, being in the dual language program (Macedonian and Albanian), are assigned to places in the western part of the country. I’ll be spending the next 2 years high in the mountains near the border with Albania, elevation 2,000 feet. I hear it’s very beautiful there. Looking at the weather patterns in the past, it appears that during the day in the winter, the temperature hovers just above freezing, though it dips below freezing at night. In summer, it doesn’t get quite as hot there as it does in the rest of the country. There appears to be a good amount of sunshine in all seasons.
This community is mostly Albanian, though both Macedonian and Albanian are spoken in the school where I’ll be working. Although I’ll be working with English teachers at the school, one of the school’s priorities that I’ll also be helping with is addressing the needs of children with special needs. These include learning disabilities as well as behavioral issues.
This will be an amazing adventure!