Nothing inspires me more than to read stories of people’s adventures, whether it be in far-flung, remote areas or within the confines of the urban realm. But within these singular pieces of people’s lives strewn together, we can find the resolve within ourselves to go and venture out ourselves.
This is the story of Andrew A. Schafer who spent two years in Sichuan, a southwestern province in China, to teach English in university, his struggles with Mandarin and getting around in a culture completely unfamiliar to him.
He recounts how he worked his way toward developing relationships, speaking the language, and learning from the people and students he worked with as much as he taught them about his own culture and language.
From there, he went back home to the US and…
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