Living and Teaching in Zhangjiajie
Living and teaching in Zhangjiajie has been an incredible experience so far, and I still have another four months to go! I'm lucky enough to teach at the university level to amazing freshmen and sophomores. I was really nervous before coming to China, but it's been a great experience.
There are shops everywhere, so I'm rarely wanting, I've made some incredible friends, and I've been able to travel around China to other countries in Asia over breaks. Everything is very relaxed here and the students are eager to learn and incredibly well behaved - a teacher's dream combination!
Leaving the US behind for a year was a hard decision, but now that I'm here, it's one of the best choices I've ever made. It has definitely been an adjustment - the culture, different priorities and points of view, expanding my taste palate, learning basic Chinese - but it's all part of the thrill. I love living in these mountains and it's going to be very hard to leave in June!