Friday, February 17, 2017

Let the Planning Begin

Welcome back! Even though it is not quite the summer yet, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I will be spending another summer in China! This past week I accepted a position teaching with SABEH in Fuzhou, China. If you've read my previous blogs, you will know that this is not the city I have worked in for the past two summers. Unfortunately the Greentown school in Hangzhou is on hiatus with their summer programs as they focus their resources on opening a new campus this summer. Greentown has already mentioned, though, that they would like us back for the summer of 2018. For now, though, I could not be more thrilled about getting to learn a new city and meet new educators. Fuzhou is the capital of the Fujian province, which is famous for many things, including tea. This provincial city will give me a fantastic experience of 'real' China.

 As spectacular as Hangzhou is, it is very much a modern city with many modern amenities. From what I have been told, Fuzhou is much different than Hangzhou. I am really looking forward to spending some time in provincial China! While changes are naturally plausible, the current timeline has me teaching for two weeks beginning on July 6, followed by a week of travel around China. It is also in my plans to continue my travels after my SABEH experience. I am planning on visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand during the two and a half weeks after SABEH. I am both excited and anxious about exploring the beauty of Southeast Asia.

I will be posting periodically throughout the rest of the school year as I prepare for yet another journey to the amazing land of Asia.  Stay tuned!