I spent a glorious 18 months drifting through one classroom at a time. It was all part of an elongated goal to teach at the in The States, where I’m from, but it’s more complicated than that. I want to teach writing, which means, firstly, I need to be a writer. A published one. And provides the inspiration and material to do just that. I’m currently in Fort Collins, Colorado where I’m aiming to cross a few more necessary things off The List toward that goal, namely “earn a M.A. degree” (I’m studying English/Creative Nonfiction at Colorado State University) and write a book (I’m working on a memoir about my travels called, “The People We Meet;” it will be my thesis project). I continue to teach in a different realm – as a consultant in the campus Writing Center, and leading courses on library instruction (nerd alert), but I dream of more adventures with ESL in the future.,
Along with benefiting my writing, exploring new countries opens my mind to differences in cultural customs, foods, mannerisms, etc., cementing my faith in this famous quote by : “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” I suffer from an outrageous desire to read the entire thing.
Not only do I want to see everything, I want to stay long enough in each place to soak up and understand as much as possible. Teaching abroad allows me to do that. I can befriend the locals and become a temporary part of the community – the best way, in my opinion, to understand a culture.
One of the reasons I want to teach is because I love to learn. allows me to learn all about the culture in which I’m immersed, to gain experience in various classrooms, and to pick up the local language from my students. In The States, I’ll be required to continually study the topic in which I teach, and I look forward to learning new things from my students each day.P.S. Readers – You’ve already flattered me by reading this, but if you could go one step further and sign up to receive email updates (via the ‘subscribe to blog’ button in the sidebar), you could actually help put pennies in my pocket. Hey, pennies go a lot further in Asia!
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” ~unknown
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