Our 2012 Orientation Group Photo

           This was just sent from our Nanjing office.  I thought you’d enjoy seeing all the new teachers as well as Amity staff and our hosting school officials.

           Interesting story about this picture — We were to assemble at 5 p.m. but a lot of the group were late.  We had several searches throughout the guest house, rounding everyone up, until the final picture was ready to be taken.  Of course, by that time, the  college’s adjoining middle school students, who were studying during the summer  for high school entrance exams, had just been dismissed.  Hoards of excited teens, who’d been cooped up all day studying intensively in un-airconditioned rooms, descended upon us.  Our poor photographer was left waiting for the young folk whizzing by on bicycles, or leisurely strolling along, to pass before he could finally get the picture. 

            On several occasions, he just about had the picture when . . . Whoosh!!   Here came someone careening across his shot on their bike.  Or restless boys, punching and hitting one another in fun, stumbled into the camera’s frame.  Or parents, there to pick up their kids, carelessly and nonchalantly walked right in front of all of us without a clue they were blocking the photographer.

             Every time we had an interruption, we’d let out a huge groan.  Our patient photographer, a short, stocky,  cute fellow, would give us a humorous slump of exasperation before trying again.

              As you can see, we finally did get it but what a fiasco!

Here we all are! (I’m seated front row, 3rd from the left.)

About connieinchina

I have been in the Asia region for 18 years as an English language teacher. 13 of those have been spent with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese NGO that works in all areas of development for the Chinese people. Amity teachers are placed at small colleges throughout China as instructors of English language majors in the education field. In other words, my students will one day be English teachers themselves in their small villages or towns once they graduate. Currently, this is my second year in Guangxi Province at the 3-year college, Guangxi Normal University for Nationalities. The college is located in smalltown longzhou, 1 hour from the Vietnam border.
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