I have thus far in my life been very fortunate. I am in great health. I have had a good education. I have seen things and met awesome people who have not only added to my worldview, but have also shaped me into who I am today. I have taught and worked with some amazing people in my career. And am proud to be called an educator. In talking to people, I have found it rare that people find their calling or passion for their life. I am very fortunate indeed.
But a couple years ago, I started to feel… unfulfilled. My love for my profession didn’t diminish. Quite the contrary. I felt an overwhelming urge to give more. I found myself not being challenged in my current job/ school. I wanted to give more, to be challenged and pushed. I want to be able to use every faculty in me to give back to the world and add to the betterment of world society as a whole.
So with that said, my long term goal is to go to a developing country and assist (as best I can) in helping them to evolve their educational program.
The organizations and programs geared towards that initiative all require international teaching experience (which I don’t have). Hence the short term goal.
As of July 30th, I will report the Republic of Georgia. And teach English in their educational system for minimally a year. Georgia (country, not the State) has an initiative called Teach and Learn with Georgia. (TLG) If all goes according to plan, I will spend several years there before moving to the next country (Nepal or Dubai). Then eventually settle down in a developing country indefinitely.
I’m super excited and feel this is the natural evolution of my growth as a person.
So some quick answers to questions I’ve received a lot already:
1. I don’t speak the language of the country, Georgian, yet. Learning now. But don’t need it to teach in the country.
2. I don’t know exactly where I’ll be placed. They will tell me that during orientation week.
3. I’m selling all of my stuff (including car, eish!) and will reside in Raleigh on trips back to the States. So if you need to purchase anything, I’m the guy to ask! I’ll initially have a paid trip home for a two week period.
4. No, I’m not selling my books. I will store them in Raleigh.
So there you have it. Again, I’m super excited and feel strongly about this decision. I will miss all of you deeply. And would obviously like to see as many people as possible before I depart. I know I’m going to NYC before I leave; weekend of July 8, Wilmington; weekend June 16th and Raleigh…sometime; TBA.
“Someday I’ll fly
Someday I’ll soar
Someday I’ll be so damn much more
Cause I’m bigger than my body gives me credit for
Cause I’m bigger than my body now
Maybe I’ll tangle in the power lines
And it might be over in a second’s time
But I’ll gladly go down in a flame
If the flame’s what it takes to remember my name.”
Bigger Than My Body, John Mayer