From Jamie's Philippines Pics

We have also had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bali. We have archived all of our travels and living experiences abroad; and if you wish, you can read about our adventures by finding the archives on the right of this page and by checking our Photo Album.

We appreciate all of our family and friends who have stayed in touch and emailed us with encouraging words throughout the year. We hope you will continue to keep us in your thoughts as we continue our adventure of living abroad teaching at an international school. For those who have stumbled upon our site, check out the "About Eric and Jamie" section on the right for more information.

Thanks for checking us out!

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
- Mark Twain

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
- Maya Angelou






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Thursday, August 14, 2008

School Stuff

Quite a bit of crazy turmoil going on at the school. Story is quite long so I won't attempt to tell it all. I will tell you that it involves the Chinese local government, Chinese fire department, and the moving of all the interior walls in an entire school out 6 inches, 3 different schedules for teachers in one week, an brand new building meant for upper elementary but now used for a middle school, a brand new middle and high school now being used for an elementary school, and I'm sure several administrators who wishes things could be easier.

Nonetheless, Jamie and I are still teaching 12 year olds. We'll be in a brand new school building that was meant for elementary school students. The beam running down the middle of my classroom on the ceiling is about 6 inches above my head. I won't be doing jumping jacks. Still, brand new dell computers in a lab, brand new one for me, and excellent facilities.

I thought it was funny today when we went over the emergency plans. Regular stuff like what to do at school in case of a typhoon, civil unrest, earthquake. It did provide a whole new meaning to the term Chinese Fire Drill (ha, I crack myself up!).

Jamie and I are learning our new curriculum. We are a bit anxious to see how teaching reading and language arts will be. For those who do not know, Jamie has been a high school social studies teacher for 4 years. She will now teach 12 year old reading, language arts, earth science, and intensive English. We were told that we would need to be flexible when taking this job. She is definitely turned into a pretzel over this.

Stay classy America!

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