29 October 2010

Adventures in the Orient

Here you will find the account of my time living and working in China [update] SouthEast Asia (and perhaps later, China).

I have been recently accepted into a certification program for teaching English.  Shortly after the new year I will (DV) be in Cambodia, training for a little over a month, then placed in a teaching position somewhere for about a year.

Eighteen years (approx half my life) ago, before attending college, I spent a 'gap year' in Chiba, Japan teaching English.  That was a formative experience for me in numerous ways.  I came away with, among other things, a knowledge that should I ever want to live and work elsewhere in the world I could likely do so by English teaching.

Presently I find myself in need of more reliable and satisfying employment.  With my schooling and career in academic philosophy on hold, with little current demand for my few sometimes marketable skills, I trust I am pursuing the best available course.

For the past 4 years I've lived in rural Pennsylvania.  The social isolation has not been especially good for me.  Moving back to a city and to one of the most populous regions on earth seems right.

8 comments:

Jake Belder said...

All the best to you in this new adventure, Greg. I'm looking forward to following your journey here, and I pray God will bless you richly during this next year.

Mike Milligan said...

Wow. I hope it all goes well. I'll try to remember to pray for you to have safety and a productive time there.

Baus said...

Thanks, fellows.

shabam said...

Is this the death of honest to blog?

Hope you have a good time, Greg!

Baus said...

no, I'll still post other things at H2B. My blogging in general has slowed a lot, but it may pick back up.

amy said...

Awesome! What a fun adventure. I'm looking forward to reading your take on life in China.

p-roc's mom said...

have you seen the movie The World? about this totally surreal theme park in Beijing where they have slightly-smaller-than-life replicas of all the world's most famous landmarks? The Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, etc? We just saw it the other night, now I want to go there!

Baus said...

I haven't seen it, no.
http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-world
But it looks great! Thanks for the tip.