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Reisverslag First few days in Chongqing
10 maart 2015
First few days in Chongqing
The sunday we went to walk around to see a small part of town, and some areas of interest. I overslept even though the bed is harder than wood. We also went to see the school where we will be teaching. It's all a little old and dirty (especially the toilets, which is just a hole in the ground by the way) :D
Because Chongqing is build on a mountain there are a looooot of stairs, and roads are always going up and down, very tiring but eventually it will benefit me!
My stomach is not yet used to the food here, there is always something spicy in it so that is something I have to get used to. It can also be the jet lag because my rhythm is totally off.
Yesterday I had my first day of teaching, which was interesting. I think because I prepared till late at night on sunday I did pretty good. So after a whopping 4,5 hours of sleep I started my first day. I met my translators, Chris and Ivy, which are really friendly and helped me a lot to help me get acquainted to the customs and way of working. The great thing about teaching here is that you can make your own plan, exercises and way of teaching.
I speak English to the class and the translator will translate it into Chinese for the students. They are around 20 years old and most of them are around 1,5 meter tall. With my 1,92 meter I really tower over them which does not go unnoticed, even on the street I'm being looked at more than anywhere my whole life. Apparently I'm considered very handsome by them, which I've been told numerous times already. Really flattering of course but also something I have get used to. :D When I walked into my fathers classroom during a break yesterday, some students started to make (sneaky) pictures of me with their phone.
The chinese are gossipy people, they will spread rumors very fast. That's something cultural I think. The community is very important to them so they appreciate the opinions of their peers but never will speak up with their opinion. They will almost never say that they are very good at something. Which is pretty interesting as they are doing an education in which you really have to stand out from the crowd.
The other foreign teachers are also very friendly and open, which makes everything easier for everybody. Today I had a combined class with two other teachers (Kym (NL) and Penny Lee (UK)) which we decided to combine just yesterday evening. So we had 75 students in one classroom which was really fun, instead of telling them what to do (what they are used to) they had to come up with questions. The class was about Information Gathering and they had to gather information about the teachers. In the beginning they were really quite and only a few dared to ask questions. Again, because they are not used to giving their opinion because they are being judged by their classmates they are really reserved. Eventually when we put 3 random students up front and then we (the teachers) started to ask them a little bit weird question they started to laugh a bit more and loosened up. Which was a small breakthrough, these things I hope to see a lot more!
This weekend I hope to go out into the city and do some photography, there are so many interesting things to see here. But also I need to take it easy because I still have a jet lag and almost 4 months ahead of me, so no rush!
Till next time! :)
Foto's bij verslag (6)
10 maart 2015 16:19 | Door: Amelieke
Leuk je ervaringen te lezen. Groeten aan de mensen daar: Ivy, Kym, Chris, Fancy, Herbert, en iedereen die ik ben vergeten ;-)
10 maart 2015 19:48 | Door: Eva
Ha broertje, leuk om de foto's te zien en je verslag te lezen! Moest wel om een paar dingen lachen. Gek he, als mensen stiekem van je foto's maken. Dat hadden wij daar ook in Dali. Voelt toch wat ongemakkelijk. Slaap ze (op een hard bed) en eet ze (alles wat rood is niet pakken), succes (geen sterallures krijgen) en tot het volgende verslag! X Eva
11 maart 2015 03:45 | Door: Rens
Komt goed, alles is nog nieuw maar dat gaat hopelijk wennen op den duur! Goede tip van het rood, toevallig gisteren een pakje noodles met een vuurrode verpakking gegeten. Gelukkig kon je de ingredienten zelf doseren haha!
Amelieke, ik heb ze al allemaal de groeten gedaan :)