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.


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.
But it looks great! Thanks for the tip.