China

This experience has taught me a lot about myself as a teacher, but also as a person. I’ve learned more about myself in the last 6 weeks than I have over the past few years. A lot of it is in terms of what I want, where I want to be, who I am, who I want to become and knowing how to improve, and why I am the way I am. A lot of it is personal, but also a lot is related to my career and my future. I am keen on getting on track with my career very soon.

I have gained a broader experience now that I have experienced another part of the world and expanded my views on education, as well as the rest of the world, and not just little old PEI. At first, I can say that the international option seemed to be a chance to explore another country, but in the end it was to explore a whole other world and culture and people and everything that goes with it. It’s not as simple as ‘teaching in another country,’ it’s so much more than that. It’s a life changing experience, for me anyway. I am so glad that I had this chance and now I feel like I know what I want to do for next year, and many years after that.
~ Mary Anne Godkin, 2013 BEd Graduate

I have learned a lot about myself while I’ve been here. This has by far been the scariest thing I’ve ever done. I have always taken the safe choices and never really traveled anywhere too foreign to me. This was definitely a leap out of my comfort zone and I feel like it has helped me grow into a better person. I realize I am stronger than I thought and more independent. It has opened up endless possibilities for me to continue to travel and even to teach abroad. I also feel like I can understand and empathize how
English as an Additional Language students feel when they move to a new place. Not only are they dealing with learning a whole new language but also they are dealing with living in a whole new environment. Foods, cultural traditions, places, school, and much more are unfamiliar to them. It is not just about learning a new language, it’s a lot more. I’ve learned how that can be extremely overwhelming and it takes time for you to adjust and feel comfortable in your new surroundings. This is a great realization that will help me work with EAL students. Overall I feel as if this was an awesome experience and will help me become a better educator.
~Vanessa, 2013 BEd Graduate