But before I can get to all that I need to explain what on earth I was doing in the southern hemisphere at all...
So... I was 26 years old and had been teaching 4th grade at Anderson Elementary for several years. I loved it... but I was getting a bit burned out. It was a tough school and although I loved teaching there and loved my students with all my heart, it was a big challenge and took a lot out of me every day. I needed a change. And then one morning my friend David Desmond (AKA: M!lo) called me at 5:30am to tell me that he had moved to Indonesia and had a job teaching 3rd grade at this amazing new school that looked like Club Med and that wanted English speaking teachers and I should fax my resumé, etc... etc... etc... I told him that I didn't know where Indonesia was and was he aware that there was a time difference??? But on the way to school that morning I told this story to my friend Tamara who I carpooled with and who taught music at my school. She also knew M!lo and so I told her all that he shared about how amazing this school was and how they were hiring and how we could get a job teaching five degrees below the equator and living in paradise. There was a lull in the conversation as we both contemplated the days (and the kids!) ahead of us... and (no lie!) she looked over at me and said, "I'll do it if YOU do it!"
And that's how I made the life-changing
decision to move overseas.
|Sekolah Pelita Harapan in Karawaci |
on the island of Java near Jakarta, Indonesia
| A few of my students: |
Sharonne, Laura, Dismas and Andrew
|This is MILES. I loved him so much |
that I took him overseas with me!
All these words and I'm still in Indonesia- not even in Australia yet! So we're gonna call this 'Part 1' and call it a day. Tune in tomorrow to hear about shopping with the Swiss and saying "Riiiiiiicolaaaaaaaaa" while blowing into a digeridoo.
Sampai jumpa nanti! (Bahasa Indonesia for: "see you later"- Yes! I can speak Indonesian! And dang it! It NEVER comes in handy...)