studied law for far too long, the opportunity presented itself to
take a much needed year out before the beginning of my training
contract with a law firm in London. I thought very hard about what
to do with this last of year of freedom and dismissed some tempting
options that included doing nothing lying on a beach for a year.
Instead I made up my mind to do something a little bit more constructive
and something that would be of some use for my future career. Teaching
English in China on the TEIC programme was a very good compromise
as it combined the possibility of travelling, learning Chinese and
discovering the culture of this fascinating country, with working
and earning some money.
Even though working as an English teacher in China has, on the
face of it, nothing to do with my future career in law, I think
it has been a valuable experience as it has enabled me to talk in
front of many people, deal with many different personalities from
a different culture and it has also greatly enhanced my improvisation
skills. In this respect I have learnt many new skills that will
be of great use to me in the future. Most importantly though, teaching
Chinese students has been great fun as most are eager to learn English
and are very grateful to you for helping them with this.
Apart from teaching I have had a great time in China, having had
the good fortune of living in Beijing, a pulsating, dynamic city
that has both a magnificent past, strikingly symbolized by the awe
inspiring Forbidden City in the heart of the city, and a doubtlessly
fantastic future in this “Asian century” as the city
gets ready for the international spotlight when it hosts the 2008
Olympic Games. Beijing has also been a great base from which to
explore the rest of China, as trains and planes go to every corner
of this vast land. Finally, the ultimate experience not to be missed
is the truly delicious Chinese food that has truly lived up to all
the hype. Ganbei!
"As you know our year in China has come to an end and I would
like to take this opportunity to thank you for making it possible
for me to travel to China and experience the extraordinary year
that I have just experienced. China is an extraordinary country
and I love it dearly."