My name is Amber. I was born in a small town called Wawa which is located in the northern area of the province Ontario in Canada. I moved around a lot during my youth and finally settled for almost ten years in a city called London. It is about one hour west of Toronto. I moved to London for school where I attended Fanshawe College and the Univeristy of Western Ontario. My major was Socio-Cultural Antrophology with a minor in Philosophy of Ethics. I loved this city and made many great friends here. When people ask me where I'm from, I tell them 'London'.
I've always had an interest in learning about cultures and ideas from around the world. As well as being compelled by the concept of teaching abroad. One of the areas of the world that captivated my interest the most was the Asia-pacific region. I somehow knew, since I was young, that one day I would move there. It was useful and very interesting to learn about numerous cultures from a Western perspective in school, although I was eager to learn what it was like to live outside of Canada from first-hand experience. Two weeks after graduation, I moved to China.
Why China? There were many options to choose from, but I chose China because I wanted to learn more about the various cultures within such a vast country with a diverse landscape and rich history. My first city of choice was Beijing. I figured this would be a good starting point on my journey because of the historical architecture this city retains as well as being mixed with modern aspects. Two of my favourite places to visit are the Summer Palace and the hutongs in Nanluoguxiang. I first learned of Nanjing from friends while living there but did not think much of it at the time. However it was a location that remained the back of my mind. After one year, I wanted to try a much smaller town in the same provcince as Nanjing. It was called Kunshan. It is a beautiful and peaceful town. After a year there, I reflected back on Nanjing and began to look for employment in this city.
One evening, I opened my email to see a message from one of JESIE's employees. Given the experience I had at this point working in China, I asked them many questions. JESIE was quick to reply, professional and honest. Soon after speaking with them, I had a really good feeling that this would be an organization that respected its workers and and schools. It was not long after that I signed a contract with them and to this day have no regrets. Im really happy with JESIE, the school they placed me in and Nanjing.
Many people have asked me if I plan to live in China and the answer is: Yes, I do. While I miss my family and friends back home from time to time, I believe home is where your heart is and I found it here, in China.