The Clips and Trips blog was put together in preparation for our leaving the U.S. on an indefinite world travel adventure which started around August of 2009 and returned us home in December of 2012. If you want to see where it all began, read our mission statement from before we left.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

BiTan River, Taipei, Taiwan

Craving some different scenery and a mini outing, Eric and I jumped on the MRT and headed south of Taipei to the Bitan River. In just 15 minutes, we made it to a boardwalk, the same boardwalk Eric went to on his visit to Taipei two years ago. Then, it was under construction. Today, it looks like this:

Teaching in Taipei

I've been teaching here in Taipei since January and thought it was about time to give the low-down.

I work for an after school program called a bushiban, which virtually all Taiwanese children attend. All bushibans are privately run and differ in that they offer some kind of extra curricular teaching (English, Art, Music, etc.) alongside their collective primary function -- to ensure that all children finish their regular school homework.

I currently have 4 different groups of kids that I work with, which totals 24 teaching hours per week. I have a class of 13 8 year olds, a class of 13 10 year olds, a class of 6 12 year olds, and a class of 4 13 year olds. I see most of my classes
for 2 hours each time with a 10 minute break in the middle. The exact schedule is a little complicated and unimportant, so I won't bother with it. My first class starts at 2:30pm and then I finish up around 7:30pm or 8:30pm depending on the day. So I have lots of time before work.

The school is relatively modern with nice rooms (I have my own classroom, so each class comes to me when it's their turn). I started off riding my bicycle to work, and that was taking 30 minutes, but I really started feeling the pollution in my lungs so I quit that and now take the bus, which takes the same amount of time. I've put up a few photos I took of my 8 year olds.

The view of the neighborhood around the school from my classroom window (7th floor).