Every year I have the pleasure of coming back to Spain to teach kids English.
As I enter Spanish Summer #6, here is a collection of my favourite Camp Stories from last year’s camp. I hope you enjoy.
Camp stories #26
Six-year-old Elena joins my class after three weeks in Vanesa’s class
Me: ‘Elena, I have a question for you. Who is a better teacher? Vanesa or me?’
Elena: ‘You, Matt’
Me: ‘Girl, you got swagger. Five extra minutes in the swimming pool for you’
Camp stories #88
Cat In The Hat arts and crafts activity
Made of a black stocking, lentils (I am a good vegetarian), red ribbon, real human eyes and pipe cleaner
You be the judge: cat, monkey or ogre? Arts and crafts has never been my strong point
Camp Stories #314
Chatting about love with 8-year-old Ana
Me: ‘Do you have a boyfriend?’
Ana: ‘No. Do you have a boyfriend?’
Me: ‘Not for now. Is it OK for a boy to be with another boy?’
Ana: ‘Derr, Matt. Of course’
Thanks for being progressive, Spain. Happy Madrid Pride starting today through Sunday!
Camp stories #64
Isabel: ‘Matt, today’s my saint’s day!’
Me: ‘Like, Saint Isabel or something?’
Me in my head: ‘I do not care’
Me to Isabel: ‘Hmmm, very interesting’
Camp stories #2
Me and my summer boos representing Australia with some fluro orange zinc at the pool
Camp stories #121
Glad to know we have some optimists in town. Thanks Clara, Daniela and Paula
Camp stories #96
Learning about Australia and, after stressing Australia is a welcoming, multicultural society, I show the kids a picture of two Caucasian kids with an Aboriginal kid
Conor: [laughing] ‘He looks like a monkey!’
God help me, as my patience is waning
Camp stories #111
90s flashback. Babe. Amazing.
Camp stories #213
Alex: ‘Matt, you’re looking cachas’
Perfect self-esteem boost the day before Pride
Camp stories #666
Daniela: ‘Matt, come and look over here! Alfonso has six feet fingers!’
Me: ‘Like, six toes?’
Daniela: ‘Yeah, come see!’
Me: ‘Nah, I’m cool. Thanks for the offer though, babe.’
Camp stories #327
Interesting shape for a water balloon.
2 1/2 weeks down, 2 1/2 to go!
Camp stories #45
Lucía: ‘I live in this school’
Me: ‘I would hate to be you’
Me: ‘How old are you, Lucía?’
Lucía: ‘I’m climbing’
What on Earth have I taught you over the past five weeks?!
Camp stories #999
After five solid weeks with these little ones, it’s time for a pig-out and some well-deserved holidays!
Until next year…