23 July 2010

China Bound

We're getting ready to depart for a year of teaching in China. Stay tuned for the next chapter -- we leave Aug. 3 and expect it will be a few weeks before we get an Internet connection in our new home.
A week of orientation with Church World Service in New York gave us invaluable training for teaching English as a foreign language, a better understanding of the ecumenical support in bringing this mission about, and some tai chi lessons as well.
These are the people we'll really miss, especially our two granddaughters. But in the scheme of things, what's a year? We keep in mind a Confucian saying, "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
The Baotou Teachers College has about 10,000 students. Our job is to teach English to students who are studying to be teachers, help faculty with their English language skills, and like every job we've ever had, "perform other duties as required."
>Baotou (Mongolian for "place where deer live", pop 1.5 million) is a port and industrial city in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. It's on the Yellow River on the far side of the Great Wall. Beijing is about an hour by plane or 12 hours by train. So this will be our new home.