And Megan, one of my other best Peace Corps friends! Every night we would spend an hour tutoring or just chatting with one of the students who was learning English at the same school. It was a struggle when you were partnered with a really low level student, but interesting when you could actually have a conversation with someone about their life. A lot of the students’ who I talked to had previously had pretty good jobs at factories in Shenzhen or Guangzhou and had saved up money to come study at Omeida. Most of them were planning to stay at the school for a couple of months or even a year so that they could improve their English enough to get a better job back in the factory cities. The Chinese students classrooms had so much stuff in them. I think because they spent an overwhelming amount of time studying in there.

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