Five Life Lessons I Learned Living in China

China has shown me another side of the world, a side I had no real knowledge of, and at the same time, it’s shown me other sides of myself that I’ve been neglecting. And if nothing else, the challenges we’ve had here have helped me make some self-improvement discoveries that I’ll take with me when we leave.

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Five Life Lessons I Learned Teaching in China

An acting teacher once told me that people stop changing at twenty-five, that after that time your character is pretty much set in stone. When I moved to China to teach at the ripe old age of 27, I realized just how wrong he was. These are five life lessons that I learned in my time living abroad that I will take with me for the rest of my life:

A Middle School Theatre Audition in China

We finally got to do what we were brought to China to do: TEACH DRAMA! We were commissioned by a primary school in Dalian to produce two shows with a handful of its brightest and most dramatic students and to chose these students, we put them through an audition. China style.

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How to Take the Dalian Metro

Fun fact: Dalian is big. And not just population big (6.7 million people), but area big–over 13 000 square kilometers. That’s double the size of New York City. Like all five boroughs. So needless to say when we arrived here without a car, figuring out how to get around became a necessity. And once we did, the whole city opened up to us.

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How to Use Dalian’s Buses

Fun fact: Dalian is big. And not just population big (6.7 million people), but area big–over 13 000 square kilometers. That’s double the size of New York City. Like all five boroughs. So needless to say when we arrived here without a car, figuring out how to get around became a necessity. And once we did, the whole city opened up to us.

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Teaching an English Class in a Chinese Burger King

In honour of training myself to roll with the punches here in China, I’d like to share a recent story of where this was ever so apparent. 

If you ever plan on teaching in China, be prepared to get some very odd requests.

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