If you’ve noticed that I’ve been a little MIA lately, it’s because I’m halfway across the world in Taiwan enjoying the bustling atmosphere and experiencing some amazing things! I don’t even know where I should start. Well, I guess I should stick to the title post and talk about the fact that I came to Taiwan this year to participate in a program called ADVENT, where we serve as teachers in other parts of Taiwan. You could also consider it a mission trip, but I’ll get to that part later.
I actually got to teach English in Taiwan last year, but I lost my camera after spending 4 weeks in Taiwan. I would rate that as one of my most horrendous moments of my life. Losing my camera, which means losing ALL of the pictures I took…Now I try to take as many pictures as possible and I have this blog to help me if I lose my camera or any of my pictures.
Anyways. I was assigned to Tainan to teach, and I stayed with several other teams (as well as my own) at Far East University.
Overlooking the track.
Day 1 of teaching. We all look somewhat cranky because of the fact that we had to wake up at 6 AM.
Starting off the day with some rallys and a skit, which the kids always love! Especially the elementary school kids.
I got to teach the 5th grade class!
Afternoon class. A combination of 7th, 8th and 9th graders.
Ending the day with games! We’re playing Shufflebutt (so much fun!!).
Day #1 of teaching is always the most interesting day. In comparison to most students in America, the students here in Taiwan are a lot more shy and quiet, and very introverted. That isn’t necessarily the case for my morning class (elementary school kids), but that’s a different story. In the morning, one of my students named Penny came up to me within 5 seconds of me walking into the auditorium and started to give me a massage. Simple things like that are just so welcoming and makes me feel comfortable, as a teacher. Whenever I’m teaching, I always try my best to first make my students comfortable with each other so that they can become more comfortable with me.
I think there’s a huge cultural difference when it comes to American schools and Taiwanese schools. The students here in Taiwan are extremely quiet but always listen. Some of them are very shy when it comes to asking for the teacher’s help, and generally speaking they keep to themselves. Nonetheless, they treat the teachers with a lot of respect and are always attentive in class. I don’t exactly know how to explain the difference between American and Taiwanese schools, but being in the classroom in America versus being in the classroom in Taiwan just feels very different.
Still, my morning class is still a lot more different than my afternoon class. My morning class has so much energy and with every class, I have a little group of troublemakers who are rowdy, don’t pay attention, are super loud and don’t really stop talking. Yet I still love that kind of craziness somehow (most of the times). They remind me of when I was a little kid, and their energy is so contagious. I guess I’m able to tolerate their endless chatter because they still listen to me when I’m teaching them on an individual basis, and they allow all of the students to become more comfortable with each other in their own way.
My afternoon class on the other hand is extremely quiet. Perhaps it is because they are at the middle school stage where they are a bit more awkward, but I love them for always listening to what I have to say. It takes a while for them to warm up to each other, but the games we play always help with that. They’re shy when it comes to talking to me in English, but if I use Chinese, they’re generally more willing to open up to me and talk.
Anyways, we usually spend the first day getting to know each other, and from then on, the week just goes by faster and faster.
Thanks for reading! Hope you’re all enjoying your summer as well ♥