How long have you been in Chengdu/China and how long do you plan to stay?
I have been in China for six months now. I originally planned to stay for a year, however I am now contemplating the idea of staying longer than I originally planned. I just don´t feel ready to leave China as off yet because I have had so much fun working in China and enjoyed the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful people.
Why did you choose to come to Chengdu/Sichuan and what do you like most about this part of China?
The cuisine. The experience of being in a country I have always wanted to visit. My friends recommended Chengdu as a place to visit. She used to also work as a teacher. I love the people, they are so welcoming and extremely friendly. I have benefited from meeting so many good people on my travels around Sichuan.
Where do you teach/have been teaching and what age groups? What are the good and bad sides of that age group?
I teach over at Guangyuan city which is northern Sichuan. I teach primary school children aged between 4 and 8. We have plenty of laughter through fun learning games. I have always had a positive connection with children as I know they all love having a laugh. Nearly all of them rely on interactive sessions where it’s a mixture of games, drawing activities and team building exercises. They also love the competitive edge to games when you split them up into teams. Children just bring so much joy to a human being. In light of all the good things of teaching primary school children, it would be harsh of myself to be critical and pick out a bad point but being a lively character can sometimes over excite children and then you´re having to spend some time trying to calm everyone down.
What has been the most rewarding part of this experience and what will you do next?
It´s really been refreshing and a breath of fresh air just by being here, being welcomed by Enfly, by the school, by the children, by my fellow teachers, by the community and the people off the neighbourhood. I genuinely love it! I have had so much laughter and joy from being a part of this society. I have already signed a new contract to continue working with Enfly for the next term because it´s been so good.
Would you recommend coming to live and teach in Chengdu?
Absolutely! It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and a chance to experience life in China among the most humble and most wonderful people off the world.