First Day of Class …

July 22, 2014

Thought for the day:
If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
– Dalai Lama

IMG_20140722As the only none American in the group I was feeling a little anxious yesterday when introducing myself to the hosts and to the Chinese English Teachers. They are all so eager to learn English and about American culture that I was afraid they will be disappointed to have someone in the group that is not American.

DSCN1611I felt so much confident when I introduced myself to the group during the opening ceremony and felt the positive feedback of the teachers. When in the classroom during the morning session I also realized my group of teachers’ value that I am from a non English speaking country. They want me to share ways and methods in which English is taught in my country.

It was definitely an interesting morning. Kind of when all expectations met. Our individual expectations, our expectations as a group, Global Volunteers’ expectations, Kunming University’s expectations, the local government expectations and, of course, the teacher’s expectations.

DSCN1567I think that the beauty of what we are going to be doing during this week is navigating through all of these expectations through teaching. I know it is impossible to please everyone, but I also think that teaching will help us build all these bridges. I am not a teacher and for respect of all teachers I wouldn’t call myself one. But each one of has definitely something to share and contribute to fulfill each of the expectations. We clearly witnessed that at the afternoon session.

At the end we will most likely leave with a PHD in expectations management, but most of all, we will leave our mark in our very own ways.


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