How Teaching English in China Taught Me Not to Settle

By: Jessica Addington

I have always been a “pleaser” as my family lovingly calls me. I am the mediator. I am the happy camper. The person who makes sure that everyone is doing fine and dandy at the expense of my own wants and needs. I have always been that way, and most of the time I see it as a good quality, one that should be appreciated because I want to contribute to others’ happiness and well being. It is part of who I am. However, as I have gotten older and a little bit wiser, and especially since traveling abroad, I have realized that this is a quality that is not always a good thing. I realized that I was not speaking up for myself and what I wanted. I was not putting myself first. That all began to change when I went to teach English abroad in China.

Shenzen, China English Teaching Q and A with Armand Diab

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF     

What is your citizenship?

United States

What city and state are you from?  

Chicago, IL

 

How old are you?

35

What is your education level and background?             

Bachelor's Degree

Have you traveled abroad in the past? 

Some international travel with friends, family, business, etc.

Staying in the Shenzhen Shade - Teaching English in China

 By: Armand Diab


Since graduating from the International TEFL Academy in Chicago last spring (March 2013 class) and learning invaluable lessons from my two in-class instructors – Gosia and Jan, you continue to be both an inspiration and an influence to this day – I started applying for teaching jobs overseas almost immediately after receiving my diploma.

Because my teaching experience was limited (I only had 10 hours of in-class teaching curriculum experience, nothing more), so were my countries of destination: I could go to either China or South Korea (because I wanted to travel to Asia for the first time in my life, and not Europe, where I’ve been several times before).  After an online job search which lasted for more than a month, I was finally offered a teaching position by Penergy Education, a Canadian owned company.