|ESL, sunblock and wasting vodka?
||[Sep. 6th, 2010|09:01 pm]
The Question Club
god I haven't been on LJ in ages, but these questions are just THAT important|
1. I'm applying for a grant to teach English in central asia. for my purpose statement I have to talk about an "academic, vocational, or community service project" to do while I'm not teaching. They encourage helping the community or teaching about american culture...but I can't think of any ideas that aren't...eh. boring? I was kind of inspired by this blog http://blog.greentaraproject.com to do a self-defense project for young girls. I've just started taking judo classes (seriously, JUST started, as in last week) and although I have a year to work my ass off at it (because, if accepted, I would leave next september), I don't know if it'll be enough.
What kind of project would you do? Would you teach about american culture or do some kind of community service?
2. I've been tutoring ESL students from all around the world...and I'm a lesbian. I've been told not to tell students because some come from places where it's not only misunderstood, but seen as something absolutely disgusting (well, wait. I shouldn't say "places" since so many americans feel the same way, but you know what I mean, I hope). And I feel like I HAVE to tell some male tutorees that I have a boyfriend because some just incessantly hit on me. It's so frustrating. is anyone else going through this? I know so few queers who teach English as a second language. :( I guess it wouldn't feel as bad if I weren't already totally invisible within the gay community...everyone always thinks I'm straight.
3. totally irrelevant to the other two questions: how bad is sunblock for your skin? I wear Aveeno's SPF 55 daily because my skin is ridiculously sensitive and I live in Florida. I was told that it would have really bad effects on me, and google is wishy washy on it. help D: I'm already paranoid about skin products! hah.
4. have you ever made your own vanilla extract? I'm thinking of using this recipe and giving them out as christmas gifts...but I'd hate to risk wasting good vodka and having it turn out awful, haha.
sorry for all the tl;dr, but I seriously appreciate everyone's help!