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.
Author: Alex Lin, 2017-2018
Christmas was very different for me this year. Being halfway across the world from home during the holiday season was not easy. However, I have received a lot of patience and love—often in the form of food—from the people I met and friends I made in Taiwan. Certainly, I can go on and on about how hospitable the Taiwanese people are. So, for Christmas, I wanted to give back to the Taiwanese community that has so generously opened its arms to me.
The 2017-2018 school year marks Hualien's first year with Fulbright Taiwan. Made up of nine ETAs, the inaugural group has been enthusiastic about teaching in Hualien and engaging with the local community. To celebrate Thanksgiving last week, Hualien's coordinator and ETAs gathered for their very own "Friendsgiving" potluck.
2017-2018 TEFL advisor Genevieve Leung visited National Chiao-Tung University (國立交通大學) earlier this week to guest lecture in Dr. Shumin Lin's Globalization and English Language Teaching MA class. Joining Genevieve were Fulbright's Taipei Coordinator, Sonia Chan, and three Taipei ETAs, Karen Du, Candy Lee, and Jake Wassenaar.