Friday, April 16, 2010

Next Move: Mine

I've been putting in some serious brain hours thinking about what I'm going to do with my upcoming days. Sure, I could stay here and sell bread and attempt to grow vegetables, but I'm beginning to itch for a little education. I'm ready to learn something new.

This is what lead me to China. No, I'm not in China, but I will be (I think.) If I think hard enough about what I know nothing about, the answer 9/10 times is China, Chinese, Chinese history. What's more? It turns out China is a hotbed for teaching English, with or without certification. DING. I'll take a number.

I spend most of my free time now (when I'm not slicing bread or kicking my own hiney at the gym) researching different programs to teach with. It takes a lot of analysis: how much do they pay, who are you teaching, do they provide housing, airfare, health insurance, holidays, etc.? You can literally pick any city you want, if you look hard enough, except that I hardly know what any of the cities are. The sky is literally the limit, though possibly a polluted sky, since China isn't exactly the world capital of clean air. Coincidence that I want to live in another "communist" country? Perhaps not... I am unbelievably excited. You should be too! You know why?

Caitlin's coming home!!! (Eventually.) Yes, before I embark on my next journey, I will be coming home for a stint in my home land. I speculate this will be some time in late May/early June. I love surprise parties, I love Mexican food, hint hint.

That is all for now. I am too busy planning my future.


  1. Hi Caitlin! Do you need any recommendations for teaching programs in China? I may have a connection for you. Let me know if you want me to pursue info for you.

  2. Hey Kelly! I would absolutely love any suggestions/recommendations you can give - feel free to email me anything you would like to share at

  3. Caitlin,

    And, I know that you picked China so that you could leanr more about your cousin's birthplace (= Perhaps destiny will take you to Huazhou in southern China which was Annie's first home. Just imagine Annie taking her first trip back to China and having you accompany her to visit the orphange in Huazhou.