After a long school year in America, many of us are in need of a summer break. So why travel thousands of miles to a foreign country, and spend three weeks teaching and constantly moving? One of the most important reasons for me is the relationships we build with the Chinese teachers during our time in Fuzhou.
When we first get to Fuzhou, many of the teachers are hesitant to talk to us, but as the week progresses, teachers come early and stay late to class just to spend time with us and to talk about our schools and America. And by the end of the program, their respect and appreciation for our hard work is so rewarding. To be consistently told by the teachers that they value our teaching strategies and efforts means so much.
As the two weeks come to an end, Chinese and American teachers are asking for different ways to keep in touch with each other as we exchange email and social media accounts. For all of us, this is not a time to say goodbye, but a time to say see you later, and we¹ll talk again soon!