Christie is in her third year with Bilingual and is currently teaching English, Music, History and Art.
Living and teaching in Budapest is an extraordinary experience. For the last year and a half, I have been teaching history, art and English to students in Grades 5-8 in the Bilingual Program.
Before moving to Budapest, I earned a Pennsylvania teaching certificate in English Secondary Education. While I was earning my degree, I taught a variety subjects in American private, public, and charter schools. Though I enjoyed many of my teaching experiences, I felt driven to seek out a more creative and relational work environment.
In the Hungarian school system, teachers stay with their classes for multiple years in a row. Since I’ve been teaching the same group students for nearly two years, I know them well and enjoy my time with them. The opportunity to form meaningful relationships with students is, in my experience, what distinguishes this school system from others.
Because the students in the Bilingual program speak English at a very high level, it’s possible to get to know them well. It is rewarding to see your students gain confidence in the English language; the program enables them to express themselves in speech and writing, enjoy English literature, and even use humor in a language which will greatly benefit them in their future schooling and career.
The Bilingual Program has helped me further my career through consistent feedback, good resources and, most notably, the co-teaching model. Working closely with other teachers provides me with support, accountability, and the opportunity to realize innovative projects and lesson plans.
Though teaching keeps me very busy, I still have time to be social, travel, and invest time in my hobbies. As a poet, musician and artist, it has been formational for me to participate in the art scene in Budapest. I am also a member of an international church, serving on their worship team and in various ministries. Life in Budapest is vibrant.
When I first began working towards a career in education, I didn’t have international teaching in mind. I feel very fortunate to have found such an extraordinary working environment. Living abroad is not without its challenges, but I am grateful for how I have been accepted and supported by the community in my school.