I can't believe I have been here for a week already. Honestly, it flew by so fast. When I first arrived, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to adapt and I thought I would have a huge culture shock but surprisingly I am very comfortable here. I think my Uncle has been a major factor to settling in Hong Kong.
Anyway, I finally met my boss John at Eureka and he's from New York also so it's nice to have someone here with a similar background. I met with him today to sign my final contract and he told me he was surprised by how comfortable I am already. I will be teaching at CCC Kei Wei in Ma Wan on Park Island. It's in more of a residential area of Hong Kong and my commute is about 35 minutes but the school is in such a gorgeous location that it's almost unreal. There's a beach right by the school and there are a lot of boats that can be seen among the different islands surrounding Park Island.
This past week I have done so much though. I landed last Thursday and right away I had a meeting with my boss the next day. After that I got my work visa from Immigration. On Saturday, I went to a training with a couple other teachers in the agency. Fun fact, the agency I work for currently has 150 teachers under them. Right after my training, I took a ferry to Macau, which is another SAR in China. I did this so I could reenter the Hong Kong and activate my work visa. The ferry ride is about an hour each way and Macau is like Las Vegas with casinos galore. On Sunday, I moved from my hotel to an AirBnB because I can't move into my apartment until August 31st. After moving my things, I just relaxed because I was tired as hell.
As I said before, Eureka has about 150 teachers that work for them. In addition to that, the local schools reach out to Eureka to set up programs. At United Christian College Kowloon East, they have a two week program for their rising 7th graders. This week is their last week and I had to sub for two teachers Monday and today. It was interesting to teach them because I haven't worked with 11/12 year olds but it was a great experience.
I interviewed with the head English teacher at CCC Kei Wei yesterday and will start tomorrow. Their classes don't start until September 1st but I will be going in tomorrow, Friday, and all next week in order to prepare my lesson plans and get used to the school. Right off the bat, I have been crazy busy but I'm really enjoying Hong Kong thus far!
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