So here I am just turned 27 and I decided to leave everything behind and move to China for six months. That’s what normal people do isn’t it?
Since announcing I was upping sticks as the saying goes and moving to china I’ve had mixed responses, mostly with negative connotations. “Why China?” “Why do you want to go there?” “Do you speak Chinese?” all valid questions, did I consider any of these questions before I had booked my trip….. no!! China for me was a new land that I hadn’t been to and screamed new adventure to me.
So I write this after I have been in china for six weeks and what a six weeks it’s been!
I guess this is the point where I have to explain that I’m not necessarily packing my life up and living from a backpack although that’s what it feels like. I am actually here to teach English and to influence the young minds of china. In my humble option I am a fine example of a young educated female fresh out of Yorkshire.
That’s right I am entering the world of TEFL (Teaching English as a foreign Language). At present my teaching stints have been minor, from helping GCSE students prepare for their oral Spanish examinations to what felt like risking my life in an inner city primary school where I battled with small children to at least consider learning the basics of literacy and numeracy. The only other contact I’ve had with children has been through the world of Girl Guides where I volunteer as a leader. As you can see I don’t have a vast amount of experience with children.
So as my first blog draws to a close it just leaves me to say that I will use this space to share my experiences in China and hopefully retell some of the interest encounters I have had. I am new to this whole blogging experience so please bear with me as I come to grasps with it.
Thanks for taking the time to read!