And after being stood up for an interview a couple of weeks ago (didn’t even know that was possible, but trust and believe this journey is proving to be full of surprises), it isn’t coming a moment too soon, let me tell you! Though ironically enough, it’s for a teaching post in China!! Now, the offer in China isn’t final until the head honcho gives the okay, so there is the possibility that it could fall through (but the interviewer said today that the reality of that is very remote). Still, I can’t help thinking how strange it is that after shifting my focus on Korea and channeling my search almost completely in that direction, up pops an opportunity from a resume I submitted months ago, only days before I decided to focus on Korea. Life is surely funny, ain’t it?! Anyway, we’ll see how it all plays out…I’ve still got a promising lead for a public school position in Korea. But I gotta say, the University teaching post in China is looking extremely tempting…
Received a job offer last Friday. And thanks to my former co-work Angela (THANKS ANGLELA!!), despite the storm knocking out my puter/scanner, I was able to send off the signed contract on Tuesday! YAY!! Now that the job search is over and I know exactly where I’m going, I am greatly relieved!
Yes, I had been focusing only on Korea of late, and things were progressing well for a public school position there, but I really feel that a University teaching position is just too good an opportunity to pass up. The smoothness with which everything unfolded with this company as far as the interviewing and hiring process was also a plus, especially given the hit & miss, stop &go, up & down trip I’ve been on with the recruiters.
In any case, I’ll be teaching English at Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics in Nanchang city, Jiangxi province. I’m EXCITED!!! And as a foodie, I can’t wait to get a taste of real Chinese cuisine. I’m pretty sure it’ll be different from what we’re used to here in the States, and that’s definitely something I really want to explore… just how different it actually is.
Anyway, here are a few photos of the city that will be my new home come September…
I found out that I may be what amounts to “too old” to get a teaching job in S. Korea. And I gotta say, it threw me a bit. Especially finding out about it on the day of reading this wonderful post, From English Teacher to Foreign Service Officer, which while hugely inspiring, also made me extremely aware of my age and certain options that have become quite far-reaching, if not out of the question, now that I’m in my 40′s. Ah… when it rains, it pours, right? But that’s alright, I’m gathering up my lemons to make the best lemon-aide I can. Which is a good thing, because it’ll help me keep my energy up in order to be able to keep my eye out for the window(s) that I know God will open up for me, now that it seems Korea has, if not shut the door, at least narrowed it a bit…?
Anyway, the plot thickens… wherever shall I wind up? We shall certainly see because one thing is sure, my desire to be an Expat has definitely not changed…
Spent the last full-time week at my job arranging interviews for the selection of the person who will be brought in to replace me. Suffice it to say, with regard to the job, there’s no turning back now, even if I wanted to. So I suppose it’s very fortunate that I don’t want to. Still, without a contract in hand for a teaching job abroad, it does feel a bit weird. Not scary, since this is the last month I’ll have to pay rent, just weird.
I’ll be moving out of my apartment the beginning of July. And after getting my mother set up in her new place, I’l be flying out to San Diego to visit my wonderful brother and my awesome nephews while I wait out the settling of the dust that has been stirred up as a result of my efforts to try and live abroad.
So, let me say now, I am thankful for my brother and the opportunity to be able to spend time with him. Yes, I am blessed, that’s what I am…. and I don’t know need nobody to tell me so ~ to quote “I Am”, one of my favorite songs by Kindred The Family Soul.
Give it a look & listen!
So far, I’m 2 for 2 with moving abroad and feeling like I’ve experienced 6 months worth of LIFE in the space of 1 week. Things were definitely stressful in the 1st couple of days and kept feeling a sense of panic wondering what I’d gotten myself into because my future colleague and the guy who had a lot to do with me getting hired lied about my commute time between Oaxaca city and the campus and left out a major chunk of info (which was that I’d be responsible for paying my own visa, the cost of which was nearly $300). Those two are just the major lies, but he also told a few small ones, but the one that impacted me the most was telling me he’d check out the guest apartment before my arrival and when I get there I see that there’s no toilet seat and that the toilet doesn’t even flush. I found this out on Friday afternoon (I arrived late Thursday night), Which meant staying in the guest apartment wasn’t an option (because this is Mexico and I already knew enough that it wasn’t about to be fixed asap and that the soonest I could expect was for it to be repaired on Monday. Which I was ready to roll with. But suddenly, he announced he had a class to teach that night (I now know he really only went to see his girlfriend) and that I’d have to find accommodations on my own. This, after being in Mexico only a little over 24 hours and him knowing that all I knew was survival level Spanish at best.
And I say 2 for 2 because my move to China started off on a SOUR note as well. So, I’ve started off with the down things… but here’s the upside to them…
First off, just like with China, I’m not really having a honeymoon phase, which means that my emotions for the most part, have no way to go but up.
Secondly, God put in my path two guys, one in particular, that did a great job of compensating for much of what my future co-worker, the person who was supposed to orient me to my new environment, failed to do.
Thirdly, I really do like Oaxaca City a lot. The people are friendly, the population more diverse than I’d imagined, the food is delicious and inexpensive,it’s easy to navigate (which has really come in handy considering how independent I’ve had to become right from the beginning), and it’s cute and clean. I can definitely see myself living here for a while and enjoying my stay. If it wasn’t so far from the coast, I’d strongly consider settling here. But my highest, ultimate goal is to settle where the ocean is no more than a 15-20 minute walk for me and here in Oaxaca city, the coast is about a 3 hour drive away.
So, overall things are looking up and I’m beginning to feel a sense of solid ground beneath my feet. I was able to find a “rustic” studio apartment that’s within decent walking distance of the bus stop to school. And I’ve got my eye on a really cute 1 bedroom in the same general location that I’d like to snag after I start getting paid. The only fly in the ointment at this point is the daily commute to school I’ll have to endure (it’s looking like 1-1.5 hours one way), but life was never meant to be perfect and the job itself seems pretty cool, so I’m good for now. The only thing left to do now is to just see how things unfold over the coming months.