Apologies if this isn't in the right forum.
Last year, I started my first volunteer TEFL job, teaching in South East Asian. The role involved teaching college age students (18+) and I was allowed to design my own work plan for the students and it was hoped i'd be able to develop some sort of regular curriculum for the college to use for other TEFL teaching volunteers.
Before I joined, I advised them, i'd never taught before and the company advised it wasn't a problem as there was going to be another TEFL teacher going as well as myself. So we could work together.
Sadly, that didn't happen and I went there alone.
Going alone wasn't an issue, but trying to implement what I wanted to do in terms of a curriculum was a problem.
I was left alone with a class of students who struggled to understand what I was saying and no teacher from the college sat in my lessons to help assist or translate and eventually,a lot of students stopped attending my classes except the ones who's English was quite advanced.
This meant I struggled to implement what I wanted to do for the college and I got very annoyed that the teachers didn't care enough to help the students use the opportunity to work with a native speaker. Everyday I would go to class and only a few students would turn up, it was really a disappointment.
The next problem came because I wanted to take a week off to see some of the country and I had a massive fall out with the college principle because he didn't want me to go alone for a week. I know he was just trying to show concern, but we fell out because his bottom line was, you can't go alone, you're a woman and my bottom line was, i'm going, i'll be back in a week.
As this was my first teaching abroad experience, it's really put me off going abroad again for some time. But now I feel i'm perhaps ready to try again. But I'm unsure what to do about putting this on my CV. Because I left on bad terms, I'm not sure putting the college down on my CV would be a good idea, on the other hand, that is the only teaching experience I've got.
Does anyone have any advice on how to get around this? and does anyone have any recommendations on countries to teach in? I was considering China next, if anyone has any stories about China, i'd love to hear about them.
Thanks in advance,