Teach: I’m currently drifting through Asia, one classroom at a time. This is all part of an elongated goal to teach at the college level in the states, where I’m from. But it’s more complicated than that. I want to teach writing, which means, firstly, I need to be a writer. A published one. And travel provides the inspiration and material to do just that. You can view my (slowly) growing list of credits here.
Travel: Along with benefiting my writing, exploring new countries opens my mind to differences in cultural customs, foods, mannerisms, etc., cementing my faith in this famous quote by St. Augustine: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” I suffer from an outrageous desire to read the entire thing.
Live: Not only do I want to see everything, I want to stay long enough in each place to soak up and understand as much as possible. Working abroad allows me to do that. I can befriend the locals and become a temporary part of the community – the best way, in my opinion, to understand a culture.
Learn: One of the reasons I want to teach is because I love to learn. Teaching abroad allows me to learn all about the culture in which I’m immersed, to gain experience in various classrooms, and to pick up the local language from my students. In the states, I’ll be required to continually study the topic in which I teach, and I look forward to learning new things from my students each day.P.S. Readers – You’ve already flattered me by reading this, but if you could go one step further and sign up to receive email updates (via the ‘sign me up’ button in the sidebar), you could actually help put pennies in my pocket. Hey, pennies go a lot further in Asia!
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” ~unknown
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