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My name is Vessela Zvevdelinova and I am an instructor as part of the Program "Zaedno v Chas" from the 2014 cohort. I work as a pre-high school educator. Before I began my work with "Zaedno v Chas," I was a part of the largest student organization in Bulgaria… in the world

[can I start over?]

<<voices>> To say...

Before I joined "Zaedno v Chas," I was [I am gonna start over again]

Before I began my work at the Foundation "Zaedno v Chas," I was a part of the largest student organization in the world, AIESEC. There, I was involved in activities related to motivation, and this is where I realized that motivating people is one of my strengths. That is why I decided to invest my energy into something meaningful, something that will leave a permanent trace, namely, to motivate students in the Bulgarian classrooms.

For me, with every single thing that one does, one must have a purpose and know what it is that they are trying to accomplish. In order to fulfill that purpose and get the most out of it along the way, one must have strong motivation. That is why I know my students to have proper motivation… because they will need it from here on forward, not only in school but in life as well for everything that they set out to do.

[ok, fine] The main objectives that I want my students to achieve are closely tied to motivation: to be motivated in school, in the learning process. I want them to be aware of their emotions, to have control over them and be able to express them. I want them to love reading. I want them to know what they want to accomplish, meaning, know what they want to be when they graduate from school. I want... I want them to be able to create algorithms for solving all sorts of problems in life. I simply want them to be prepared for the realities of life after school. To be prepared… to be able to solve problems, to create algorithms for solving problems in order to be prepared for the realities of life.

Since I have been here, from the beginning of the school year, I see progress towards all goals that my students and I set for ourselves at the start of the academic year. They are much more motivated, come to school with a desire to learn, stay until the end of class; they also love reading. The entire class has read over 11,000 pages together, that is, since December. I have also observed a difference in the way other teachers relate to them. They see their strengths, they don’t focus so much on the weaknesses. Most importantly, all students want the teachers, and all adults around them for that matter, to have high expectations of them, they want other to have high expectations and if someone lacks those, they are sure to let them know in one way or another. When the school year began, I was so excited and so surprised by the fact that when I wake up in the morning, I do not tell myself “I am going to work.” In actuality, I realize that this is a natural part of my life… I cannot imagine doing anything else.

This work ushered a lot of changes in my life. It changed me as a person. I think this is the only profession that with the passing of each day makes you an even better person, more organized. And all that love you receive from the students makes you realize that in actuality your profession is of tremendous importance in their lives.

<<voices>>

And all that love you receive from the students makes you realize that in actuality your profession is of tremendous importance in their lives.

<<voices>>

I would definitely recommend… [I’ll start over, ok]

I would definitely recommend the program "Zaedno v Chas" to…

[again, I will start over.

I just need to gather my thoughts about how to word it.]

I would most certainly recommend the program to others. I have been doing that… since I became a teacher, I have been doing it constantly. I succeeded in motivating members of my family to apply to the program because this is a job, this is a profession that is so rewarding… that is so... it makes you feel so helpful… it makes you realize that in actuality, you are the person on whom the future of so many children depends. It makes you… ... it teaches you a lot of values, such as professionalism, humility, respect… it also develops your entrepreneurial spirit as well because all the events you organize with your students in and outside of the classroom give you as much as several professions put together.

[noise: it’s from the factory,

yes, from the factory. ...

Jeff: what did she say?]

That this profession gives you as much as several professions put together. To be a part of this world network, of this community of highly motivated people, means a lot to me. The fact… Besides to me, it also means a lot to the students because they know that all over the world there are other students like them who know, when they come to school in the morning, that they have goals, that when they achieve those goals, that means that they are doing something for their future. This applies to me as well. To know that so many colleagues around the world work in order to see their students succeed is very motivational. You know that at any one point in time you can tap into the experience and ideas of the entire world community, in so many different countries. You are also able to organize a number of different events with students from different countries which also is a big motivator the students a lot.

[meaning, why I joined the program?

<<voices>> Jeff: ok, go ahead] Okay.

Before I became a part of the program, I was a part of the largest student organization in the world, AIESEC. There, I was involved in activities related to motivation, and this is where I realized that motivating people is one of my strengths. I decided to direct all of this energy towards something meaningful something that will leave a permanent trace, that is, to motivate students in the Bulgarian schools, to motivate them to want to be successful, to work towards their future, and to be competitive with the best students around the world. Every morning I wake up, I realize that I actually don’t wake up with the thought “Now I have to go to work.” This is actually the most natural part of my life and I cannot imagine doing anything else other than being in school. I realize that the future of my students depends on everything I do; how society will relate to them and how they will view themselves within the society is also contingent on the work I do as well as how everyone will see them.

That is why I know that each day spent in school is of tremendous importance to me as well as for them. What I would say to those who are thinking about whether to join the program is that there isn’t a more rewarding profession than that of being a teacher. There is nothing that can bring you greater satisfaction and there is no other place place where you can find more meaning in your work. I would also tell them how many things and skills it would develop not only in their students but in you as a person as well. And when you see the gratitude in the eyes of your students and their parents, you realize that this is truly the most important thing.

[what do I say to the family member;

should I talk about that? or]

I teach in the village of Zlatna Panega, located about 100 km away from Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia. The village in which I teach is small. It has about 900 inhabitants, 120 of whom are students in this school.

[Jeff: and one more time I will just do … how has the program impacted you?]

[laughs… I conflated the questions]

[Jeff: sometimes it’s better the second time around] Yes, yes...

With the passing of each day, I realize how my work in this program makes me an even better person. It makes me better organized, it gives me the confidence that I can accomplish what I am set out to do. It makes me feel proud of the fact that the students are doing well, that they realize how important it is to succeed. The love I receive from them each day, the gratitude of their parents makes me…

[can I start over?

Feeling frustrated: I have the feeling that I am saying the same thing over and over again, meaning, I can’t seem to be able to put it differently; translator interprets to Jeff; ...

Jeff: that’s ok]

Okay. <<voices>>

I think that the work in this program is appropriate for young people who have just … [no, that’s too strong, to say that it’s just for them;

Yes. translator interprets for Jeff; <<laughs>>

explains how she wants to take the focus off of the students and talk about the effect that the profession has on her as a person] ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

<<voices>>

This profession brings you a lot of things that serve you not only in school but in life as well, if you wish to switch to something else afterwards, other than being a teacher. It teaches you values that are necessary in every profession, such as respect and humility entrepreneurial spirit, focus on long-term effects, most importantly professionalism. I think these are things that are valued everywhere. Moreover, the organizational skills this profession gives you are of great benefit, to be a leader, one that motives, who makes people believe in themselves, and thus helps them succeed. That is a universal skill that you can

apply afterwards. [Jeff and translator in the background]

I teach for Bulgaria and I teach for the children.

[Jeff: great, anything that…]

Video Details

Duration: 15 minutes and 25 seconds
Year: 2015
Country: Bulgaria
Language: Bulgarian
License: Dotsub - Standard License
Genre: None
Views: 32
Posted by: jeffrey.levick on Jul 14, 2015

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