In two short months I, my soon-to-be husband and our small child will be teaching English in Zhengzhou, Henan. We are busy (frantically) preparing for our life in China.
What could make two grown-ups up and leave for the Middle Kingdom, you ask?
Well, we met as foreigners, we’ve made our home as foreigners, and we’re ready for a change but we’re not quite ready to hang up our international towel (actually, I’m still debating whether or not I bring a towel…I should be able to find one of those there) and head home.
Besides, where is home? I’m from a small town in heart of the Midwest (in the USA) and he’s from a small city on the Gulf of Mexico (in Mexico). We met in France.
We also want our son to be exposed to multiculturalism, multilingualism…and to see the world…with his parents. After all, we all try to pass along our interests to our children and what better way to pass on a love of, well…the world!?
My advice for anyone who is thinking about doing the same as us? Try not to think too hard…travel is about open-mindedness and spontaneity-sometimes even when you have a trip planned out to the dime, plans fall away…so just go for it! Teaching ESL (or anything you are qualified to teach) is a great way to make a little money while living in a foreign country, and there are plenty of countries to see…
So, join our little multicultural family for a brand-new travel adventure. I’ll be posting all of our insights and experiences while living and teaching in China for our friends and family, and hopefully over the next year or so, I’ll be able to turn this into a blog full of information that will help anyone thinking about moving to China.
Also, friends and family-don’t be strangers…I want emails and Skype dates! Strangers…feel free to contact me…I’d love to hear from you and answer any FAQs or not-so FAQs you might have about moving, the cost of living, learning Chinese, getting a job in China, life in general or teaching English in China.