Wednesday, July 14, 2010
We walked into this first grade classroom in the Xicheng District of Beijing to find Daniel teaching English to an exuberant group of six-year-olds.
After class was over, Daniel told me his fascinating story: He was born in Ghana and moved to England with his parents when he was a teenager. He got his law degree at Cambridge, much to the disappointment of his parents, who consider this a dishonorable profession (apparently a strong perception from Ghana).
This resulted in a family rift, so Daniel left England to see the world and cool down. His first day in Beijing -- just a few months ago -- he learned that English teachers are needed so he applied and got the job.
Now he's fluent in Chinese and has a contagiously enthusiastic teaching style. By the way, he's back in good graces with his family, and his mother is coming for a visit soon.
He says he's never been happier.