Life beyond New Year's Eve
Hi there <<First Name>>,
The new semester has started here in Poland following Winter Break and it looks like it's going to be an intense term for Matthew's teaching schedule. With prep, walking time and in class time we estimate he'll spend over 70 hours a week focused on his teaching job (with over 40 hours of this spent in class). We have a whole new appreciation for teachers. You should all be knighted, then sainted and then put on stamps.
Originally Matthew took this job as a solution to our visa problem. Our thought was that it would be a part-time commitment allowing us to focus on our primary purpose for moving to Poland. Obviously the last few years have been full of the unexpected for us and this teaching position is no exception. It is both wonderful and limiting. It puts a great strain on our time, but has paved the way for relationships with students and teachers. In any given week we have contact with teenagers, single moms and board members of major Polish companies.
We've been pushing the private language school where Matthew works to reduce his hours to the 20 hours a week we originally agreed to, and though they smile and agree to try, his hours keep increasing. They know our visa documents are linked to this job and so we find ourselves at a disadvantage. It's an icky feeling and it leaves us wondering how sustainable this current schedule is.
More than owning our schedule, the current circumstance has raised a question of billable hours for us. Where is the line between our service as Global Workers and the regular expression of our faith? We welcome you to read our thoughts about this and tell us what you think by clicking here.