As week two of my second camp draws to a close, it’s seems like time to share my thoughts on my experiences in Pesaro. Pesaro is a charming little city on the Adriatic Coast. It is located about an hour train ride south of my previous camp in Cesena. This time around, I was not staying as close to the city, so I have not gotten to experience as much of the city as I did in Cesena. However, I have spent a great deal of time on the beautiful beach here, including a sunset paddle boarding excursion. Also, last weekend, all of the tutors took a trip to the nearby city of Cattolica for the annual Pink Party.
My host family in Pesaro has been exceptional! Ellena, Rudolpho and their son Mario speak nearly perfect English and live in a beautiful home in the country with an incredible view. Upon arriving here, I learned I would be sharing a room with the camp direction because one of the host families backed out. I was initially not happy about this, however, once I met Toby my unhappiness evaporated. We have become great friends over the course of the last two weeks!
The school in Pesaro is much different than Cesena. Firstly, the garden is not very well maintained which has made some of our a activities quite difficult. It does have a large gym and auditorium, however, and we have utilized these almost daily. This camp is also much larger than my previous with six tutors and a director. In Cesena, we had about 35 students, here we have nearly 75. In my opinion, the student here do not speak English as well as those in Cesena, which has made the camp overall more difficult.
I am teaching the same age group here, the oldest kids ages 11-14. Despite being the same age as my students at the last camp, their lesser English skills have meant I’ve had to change or throw out some of my previous lessons. Another interesting observation is that the children here can write much better than they speak; in Cesena they could speak much better than they write. I wonder what has lead to this variation in speaking & writing skills. The students here also have a more difficult time staying focused on the lessons and activities. I have had to employ many more classroom management techniques here.
The theme is this camp is Myths and Legends. My afternoon squad was called “The Legendary Magicians.” We did many of the same activities as my previous camp, but with some modifications based on our much larger group. Water day at this camp was particularly chaotic because of the huge group and the less than perfect garden. The kids really seemed to enjoy the sports days here more than the craft days.
I found this camp to be particularly exhausting, and although I had a lot of fun, I am very much looking forward to moving on to my next camp in San Giovanni. Two down one to go! My time in Italy is flying by!