I spent this past year as the assistant basketball coach at Kinmen Senior High School. The team excelled on the court. In March, we flew from Kinmen to Taipei to play in the Division II National Championship Tournament.
Located in Heping District in eastern Taichung County, Lishan (梨山) means Pear Mountain in Chinese. At 2000 meters elevation, you can find sloping hills crowded with tea fields and pear, peach, and apple orchards; wisteria blooming in various shades of purple; and panoramic mountain views along a winding Cross-Island Highway. It’s as gorgeous as it sounds.
Author: Alex Villec, 2017-2018
I left January's Fulbright conference inspired to launch a pen pal project, following in the footsteps of other ETAs who had connected classrooms across the world in this way. The idea resonated with me on multiple levels: under the best circumstances, I believed that mutual understanding, sheer excitement, no shortage of curiosity, and the capacity to compress distances spanning oceans and continents could all stem from a couple dozen letters.