I started with my in-class TEFL teacher training program with a lot of excitement. Finally I could train in the classroom after one year! The RONA situation was pretty much under control. Till only the 1st week of the program. India is in a terrible state right now. It was with a risky decision that my trainees decided to finish the program after one of them got tested positive. It got a lot worse when a few of them started to show mild symptoms by the last couple of days. Well finally, it completed. Successfully!
It was only for the classes that the office used to be open so that the remaining days of the program could be completed. That was another upsetting episode. For the last 3 days of the program, none of the employees were present. It was me, the security, janitor and the 11 aspiring teachers. It used to be all normal in the classroom. The moment I would walk inside the main floor area of our office, it literally looked haunted. With empty cubicles and no lights switched on, the vibe changed down the hallway from the classrooms. At the same time, it would really make me sad when I would get flashbacks of how lively it used to look. How the bay of the trainers used to be the geek corner discussing and developing resource materials and cracking nerdy jokes!
I am pretty happy that the batch got over now. Not only because of the present situation but also for the fact that I do not have to see the empty cubicles for sometime. Until the office reopens and they are full again with the usual 9 to 5 chaos. I never thought that I am going miss that!
I hope and pray that all my co-workers and the trainee who got infected with the virus get well super soon.
Yet again, quarantine starts……
So yeah, with that thought, cheers!
P.S. Stay safe everyone!