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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Splitting Up

By Tony O.

Most ESL teachers in Costa Rica will, at some point, work a split shift. Students tend to have time for English classes either during the morning or in the evening. Thus, teachers who need money will work during the morning and in the evening.

What does it mean to work a split shift?

It means...

  • Your free time is in the afternoon, when the rain comes.
  • Your first class isn't awake yet.
  • Your last class wants to go to bed.
  • If you have coffee during your last class, you can't sleep.
  • If you have drinks after your last class, you can't teach your first class.
  • You get the joy of leaving work twice a day.
  • You get the pain of going to work twice a day.
  • You have twice as many chances to be late for class.

...and much, much more. I'd write about it, but my 5 hour lunch break is almost up.