Monday, October 13, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Hi Everyone, I made it! I’m alive . I have been so busy with work that I have not had a chance to sit down and write a post. I have been her for about 3 weeks, which is hard to believe. Time is such a funny thing- how it can feel fast and slow at the same time.
I arrived late and was put up at a nice hotel by the Fulbright office. The problem was that the next day was a typhoon day- which is kind of like a snow day for all of you Midwestern folks. It was nice from the standpoint that it gave me 24 hours to adjust to being here- but made things difficult to find housing- because I couldn't start looking right away. I have found a place and I am starting to feel settled in a bit. All of my colleagues from Fulbright have been incredibly helpful and kind. Without them I have no idea what I would have done- they have helped me with everything from finding housing, setting up a bank account, cell phone, transportation…. I am really lucky to be working with Sarah- we knew each other from graduate school- she was in this same position last year- and she has been a god send on so many levels both professionally and personally.
I have 2 Chinese tutors and I have been taking lessons a couple days a week. I can’t really say that I have been retaining much- but I am trying. I think picking up some of the language will allow me a lot more independence and confidence living here- not to mention it’s importance on a socio-cultural level.
Work has been pretty crazy. I have been doing at least 3 five hour workshops a week, traveling around the country by myself to give them. It has been really interesting seeing different parts of the country- and great to meet all of the new ETAs (English teaching assistants). It has been very exhausting though. For one day I literally was in a taxi, a bus, a high speed train, a motor bike, the metro, and walked in order to do my job. Literally my reality is planes, trains and automobiles.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A lot of big stuff has happened in the last year
1. Last summer I completed service as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Mexico
2. Moved back to Monterey CA to finish my last semester of my masters.
3. Worked my bum off at school, lived with the sweetest most generous people ever (Kathleen & Peter)
4. Graduated from MIIS with a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) & Language program administration. December 2013
4. Moved to Arizona to spend time with the familia; to Teach at ASU (Arizona State University) & Cat and John's wedding
5. Worked at ASU as a full time faculty member in the American English and Culture Program January- May.
6. Went to San Diego for my cousins wedding and a memorial service for my Bubbie. Went to Utah to visit Rebekah.
7. Moved back to IL to spend time with family and friends
8. On Monday I will be flying to Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar (TESOL Trainer )- under a year contract.
Now to answer some necessary questions:
What will I be doing in Taiwan?
Let's face it they are going to be better at describing what the gig is so here it is from the website:
I'll be sure to actually describe what I am doing once I am doing it ;)
Training & Research Activities
I. Primary activity – Professional Development of Teachers:
Instruct Local English Teachers (LETs) and Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs), with the cooperation of local staff and professors at each site. ETAs are co-teachers with LETs in elementary and a few junior high schools. The recipients are a crucial part of the team coordinated by Fulbright Taiwan. They engage in the following:
Disclaimer: I have been known to make grammar and spelling errors in un- proofed writing. If your reading this blog you are going to have to live with that :)