TeachingTraveling.com: Thanks for chatting with us, Connie! Please tell us a bit about your background.
Connie: I’m a soon-to-be 30 year old Asian American who grew up in California but was most recently living and working in NYC. After three years of working in the management consulting field, I quit my job and left to travel the world full-time and do volunteer work along the way.
I knew I wanted to get involved with teaching children again because I had some of the best experiences of my life previously when I worked with children for two years at Space Camp, California and a summer at Space Camp, Turkey in Izmir during 2005.
It’s been two years since I left NYC and in that time I’ve lived in Istanbul for six months teaching private English lessons, traveled across most of Asia and volunteered to teach English to the children of Burmese migrant workers living in Thailand. As I continue to travel, I’m always on the lookout for volunteer opportunities and I’m looking forward to my next project, wherever and whenever that may be!
TT: What a path! What was one particularly powerful moment of your teaching-traveling so far?
Connie: When I was teaching the children of Burmese workers in Thailand, I asked the students how they would improve the school. They unanimously voted that they’d make the class periods LONGER, even if it would cut their lunch shorter.
The whole story is chronicled in this article, “Teaching English: Lesson Learned.”
If you’re asking about something non-teaching related, I’ve got plenty of stories to tell you. =)