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I’m Annalicia and I’m originally from a small town in Minnesota. A few years back, my husband, Phil, and I decided it was time for an adventure! So, we called up Footprints Recruiting and, no more than eight weeks later, we were in Taiwan. We lived in Douliu, which is near the western edge of the island. When traveling north and south, it’s right in the middle. Phil and I both taught English within the Taiwanese public schools. He taught at the middle school level and I got to work with elementary kiddos.
1. Why did you decide to teach abroad with Footprints Recruiting in Taiwan?
Phil and I had looked into many different teaching abroad options. Footprints Recruiting offered the best opportunities. Additionally, their support was kind, quick, and comprehensive.
2. What made your teaching abroad experience unique and special?
The people we met during our time aboard, both expats and Taiwanese, were amazing! We felt so connected and overwhelmingly welcomed into our new community.
3. What major challenges have you faced while adapting to life in Taiwan?
The biggest challenge I faced was at the onset of my time in Taiwan. I wanted a clear-cut explanation of my teaching role. What I came to understand was that developing roles and reaching goals was considered to be more of an evolving process vs. a direct, straight-forward outline. Once I came to understand this cultural difference, I relaxed a bit, which allowed my role to unfold beautifully.
4. Describe the school you were teaching in. Tell us about your first time teaching in a Taiwanese classroom?
The school I taught at was beautiful! Its hallways and classrooms were all open to the outdoors. Visible from almost anywhere were mountains, palm trees and gorgeous, tropical flowers. I usually taught with a local co-teacher. My first lessons were incredibly rewarding. The students were eager to get to know me and practice their English.
5. What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened in one of your classrooms?
A memory that still makes me giggle is when I was teaching the word “porridge” (as in “Chinese porridge”) to a student and my co-teacher kept wanting to call it “spooge”.
6. What types of lessons do Taiwanese students respond to best?
I found my elementary students loved songs, dances, games and other unique avenues for practicing their English. One of my lessons involved sidewalk chalk and this got them absolutely fired up!
7. What did you get up to outside of the classroom?
We spent most of our weekends and time off traveling. Despite not having a car, it was very easy to get around using their public transportation. Within Douliu, we biked and walked everywhere. Phil and I both love being active. So, we’d hit up the local tracks to do some running, find hiking trails, and we’d often do yoga and Pilates in our apartment and hotel rooms.
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Actually, my time spent in Taiwan is one of the experiences that prompted me to create the digital studio I just launched a few months ago! And, it’s your lucky day…you get free access, courtesy of Footprints Recruiting.
8. What is one piece of advice you would give someone who is considering to teach in Taiwan?
Bring genuine enthusiasm to your work and I guarantee you, regardless of its form, it will be welcomed, impactful, and appreciated!
My current website: http://truthbeautypeace.com/
Taiwan blog: http://bloggintw.blogspot.com/