That’s right, the blog has a new name

9 07 2009

Exciting, huh?

So as an update, we have both been offered jobs in Nanjing. Missy’s offer comes from the Nanjing Health School, where she will be teaching 16-20-year-old Chinese nursing students how to be FABULOUS! I’ve received an offer from Nanjing Foreign Language School. We received pictures of our apartment – through the Nanjing Health School – and I will have a dorm that I can let you guys stay in when you come visit.

Here are a couple pictures we received of the apartment. Let’s hope they are of the actual residence.



Yes, it has a western toilet. But no stove. We’ll make do.

Both schools are reasonably close to downtown, so far as we can decipher. Neither job pays exceptionally well, but China is cheap, so we should be just fine. We both start teaching on Sept. 1. Anyway, that’s it for today.


Job-hunt update

2 07 2009

So at this point, it looks most likely that we’ll be moving to Nanjing. Missy was offered a position with a school in Nanjing, albeit a different one than we thought she was applying for. It’s not ideal – the pay isn’t exceptional, and they told us that they would not offer an apartment stipend (the apartments they have are on campus.) In addition, the school specified that the apartment was for her and her only. In talking to our recruiter (a woman named Echo who works for the government, hooking schools up with English teachers), she said that we could move in, but sort of hide it from the head of the school. We’re not willing to do that, so at this point, we’re still in negotiations, if you can call it that. As for the pluses the school offers, it’s downtown, which is a nice location, we wouldn’t have to worry about furniture/utensils, etc…, and it’s a government school, which is generally considered safer than working for private schools. I’m still waiting for a job offer from the Nanjing Normal School, though it’s possible one might come tomorrow. It’s a little confusing discussing it with the recruiter, partly because of the language gap, and also just because it’s not completely clear what they’re looking for. If we can secure either some sort of apartment stipend, or at least find out that living in the apartment is no problem – and that the apartment is large enough, we’ll probably accept the job(s) outright. In the event that they won’t meet us on those conditions, we are still likely to move to Nanjing, just because it’s considered a cool city for ex-pats to live in, and I’m sure that it wouldn’t be that difficult to get another job offer. The picture at the top on the title bar is Nanjing.


In addition to the Nanjing schools, we have both been offered positions in the previously mentioned city of Lianyungang. It’s not a huge city (about 1.5 million), and it’s about 90 minutes north of Nanjing on the coast. I don’t yet have a lot of information on the school, but I’ll talk to the guy and see what I can dig up. If it was a good offer, and the Nanjing ones were not, we might consider it, though the city isn’t quite what we’re looking for.

At any rate, either route will be a good one. We’re just looking for the adventure, which will happen one way or another. More news when I get it.

Here is a picture I found on someone’s blog of Lianyungang, though obviously there is a lot more to the city than this: