In order of appearance (from left to right)
You already know me so we will skip that introduction...
Lauren- She's 19 and hails from New Jersey. This is her second year in Taiwan. Her Chinese is better than any of ours. If we did not have her I am afraid that we might be lost and malnourished people. She does most of the food ordering. She and I share a class on Tuesday afternoon.
Sarah- She is 20 and hails from Illinois I think. This is also her second year in Taiwan. She and Lauren were on the same team last year. She came over at the same time as I did from the US. She gave me a pretty good crash course in ordering drinks in Taiwan when we first got here. She is also a fellow Air Force child.
Susanna- She is 19 and has lived all over the world in places like Peru and Romania. She now calls Texas home. She has been teaching English camps in Taiwan during the summer. So she has been in Taiwan for about 2 months. She plays the guitar really well.
Jonathan- He is the oldest person on our team. He is 22 and is also the leader of the team here in Yuli. He is from Idaho. And has a degree in Political Science. He is also my roommate. This is his first time in Taiwan and has been here the shortest amount of time. It was one week on Thursday.
So that is us. We make up the Yuli team. There are 3 other teams here in Taiwan. There is a team in Taoyuen which is the largest number of teachers tipping the scale at 25 or so. They are running the English Village which is a brand new project done by The King Car Education Foundation which is the organization that has us come over here. Sarah and I spent about 1 week or so up there help get everything set up and the curriculum written. They had their official opening and press conference on Thursday. Basically what they do there is have different role play scenarios that they have students go through. They have and airport with a pretty scale model airplane, a doctors office and pharmacy, hotel, science class, future class (deals with the environment and the kind of fun stuff, we did not come up with it King Car did, its just our jobs to teach it), multimedia class, cooking class, library, and I think that is pretty much it. Its a really amazing place. I don't have any pictures with it finished because while I was up there it was still being finished. I will be going up there next month though so I will make sure and take pictures and share them. There is also a team in Nantou. I know two of the six teachers there because I took a class before I came to Taiwan with them. There is also a team on an island called Jingman Island. That is one of the first places that had English teachers from King Car. So we are spread all over Taiwan.
“Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the Lord they God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for He hath glorified thee. Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon."
(This last picture was taken in the US in MI not in Taiwan)