Hi! I just read your email. Actually, my husband and I will return to the States this January. We came here just for the year to get some experience teaching, to see China, and to helpful be a blessing to our students. :)
We didn't take any Chinese classes, unfortunately. We've tried to pick up what we can here and there. It's a little difficult to find time, though. Although the hours we work are considered part time in the US, we do have a hefty schedule. Besides teaching, we often have students visit in our home, so we can chat with them about culture and life.
Overall it's been a very neat experience. We've seen so much of China...but there's still so much that we didn't get to see... it's just soooo big! :D
My favorite place was Shangrila. It's so peaceful and quiet...and just beautiful.
kathy you are so lucky . . . Hawaii That is a place i only dream about. i live in a little town in saskatchewan ( yes freezing temps), canada. keep in touch and let me know more about you. karen 2765 days ago