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I got a job!!!!YAY! Voznesenka (Kenai)

PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:09 pm
by kazachka
After ten years, I am finally coming home!!!! Yes, they do hire expats! This posting came open a couple weeks ago and it seemed a perfect fit- Russian 6-12 based at Voznesenka and distance delivery to Nikolaevsk. My former coworker in Wasilla was at Voz for 3 yrs and she said many of the people she worked with 12-15 yrs ago are still there and it's a nice school with nice people :) The school is in Voznesenka, one of the four Russian Old Believer villages on the Kenai. I'm getting leads on housing near Homer, since I'll be living there and going to the village each day. Parents want the kids to keep up their Russian and they teach it from pre-k to HS in the villages! It's NOT an elective, but part of the curriculum! That was a BIG selling point for me. It's probably the only school program in the USA where Russian is not an elective like all languages usually are. They are starting a boys and girls XC team too this yr and just joined ASAA. I'll have a class of 9th grade geography too. I asked what the language of delievery was for that class and the principal said last yr it was English, but I could easily do some in Russian to help the kids expand their vocab in Russian which is what they need. I could teach the class in either language if asked, just needed to know what they expect. This small school of just over 100 got bilingual program of the year in AK a few yrs ago too. AWESOME! I had a couple other options on the table, but this was my first choice. It just makes sense after over ten years in Moscow to go back into a Russian speaking community as a Russian teacher again. I think it will make re-entry into the USA easier too. At least when I throw out a random Russian word mid conversation, someone will understand me! That happened quite a bit in Wasilla when I did Russian bilingual there. I'm hoping to be in Anchorage in about three weeks-SAVED by a mileage ticket. If I had to pay for a RT tic now, it would be over 3000$! Well yeah, it's short notice on high season out, and back for a "stuff run" at winter break. May use miles to get back after winter break depending on the prices. Ravn is also 400$ Homer- Anchorage for winter break but I don't want to be doing the drive to/from Anchorage that time of the year. My first work day is Aug 3. We start earlier to compensate for holy days during the yr where kids have off and we add school days elsewhere so kids don't miss tons of school for church holidays.It's a public school, but the District adjusts the calendar in this case to accommodate the students. I want to get there, get a good AWD preferably Subaru, and then deal with housing and settle the dust before school starts. I'm very lucky I have a friend in Anchorage helping with the vehicle issue now and hopefully it will be bought and waiting for me and I'll just transfer money if we find smthg. This is awesome though. I've never been further south than Portage and Kenai is beautiful, jaw dropping beautiful!Can't wait!!!!...and the HALIBUT!
This site has been a great resource. The job bank is well organized and user friendly for searcing and for importing from one app. to another. Yes, I had let my app with Kenai expire because I never saw postings there in my areas! To think I may have missed this one!!!

Re: I got a job!!!!YAY! Voznesenka (Kenai)

PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:49 pm
by marymatt718
Congratulations!
It looks like they were lucky to get you too. All the best of luck and welcome home! :D
Donna M.

Re: I got a job!!!!YAY! Voznesenka (Kenai)

PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 2:25 pm
by kazachka
Thanks!! It looks like Amazon Prime will be my friend too. Homer is pretty small, but does have some shops. Nearest Walmart is nearly 100mi away though.

Re: I got a job!!!!YAY! Voznesenka (Kenai)

PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 6:24 am
by Johncn
Congrats! You'll love Homer, and the job sounds like it really fits your experience and interests. Hope your move goes as smoothly as possible.

Regards,

John

Re: I got a job!!!!YAY! Voznesenka (Kenai)

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 3:30 am
by kazachka
Thanks! I've been very busy with the move. A trusted friend in Anchorage helped me with a car purchase this week, just transferred money for a deposit on a rental house about halfway between Homer and the school. So that will cut the commute time quite a bit. The school is 23-25 miles out of Homer, so being a bit further out on the road to school will help. On this end, I'm still micromanaging all the "stuff" (what goes now, what goes in December, what gets binned...)and somehow I'm supposed to be in Anchorage 3 weeks from now. Do Costco and Amazon ship to PO boxes? I'm going to have to get a PO box in Fritz Creek. There is a Safeway in Homer for groceries which is good, but I get all my vitamins, supplements, cold medicne, etc. from Costco. I'm used to buying that stuff in bulk as I had to once a yr when I visited the US. It seems I'll have to stock up on that stuff through the winter as well.

Re: I got a job!!!!YAY! Voznesenka (Kenai)

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:56 am
by marymatt718
Yes, both Amazon and Costco will ship to a PO Box...for most items.
In my case, I send things that they refuse to send to a PO Box to my school's physical address. I often have to do that for Target items as well. Technically, my school's mailing address is a PO Box, but if I put the physical address, (as simple as c/o Togiak School, Togiak School Road, Togiak, AK) that satisfies the computer address Nazis and the stuff ends up going to the school's PO Box anyway, because that is the only way mail is delivered in my village. The maintenance manager or someone picks up the school mail, and I get my package at the school.
There are some things, however that they will not ship to Alaska AT ALL. I send those to my sister in Texas and she sends them up to me here in Alaska. There are ways to get around the computer address Nazis. :twisted:

Re: I got a job!!!!YAY! Voznesenka (Kenai)

PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 11:01 am
by kazachka
Good to know. I have a friend in Anchorage or a brother in CA I could ship to I suppose. My school is also a PO box mailing address which is why I figured shipping to the school wouldn't be an option in cases where the mail Nazis don't deliver to a PO box. I also love companies that charge extra to ship to AK and HI :o