We have heard a few questions repeatedly when we speak to people about what we are planning to do.
- What about the language barrier? Will you be teaching in English? In several countries in Asia and in the former Soviet Union, it is common to find college students and recent college graduates who have some English language proficiency, at least conversationally. They study it in school and are often motivated to improve. And in seminaries where we will be teaching, English is often the language of instruction for masters' degree level education. When we teach, we will always teach in English (it is, sadly, our only option). Sometimes we will teach with a translator, but often that won't be possible, as there may be many native languages represented in the room.
- Why Asia?
- What is happening to your house? and to your dog?
- What about Lisa's mom? Five years ago, when we set out to do our first trip to Eastern Europe and Asia, Lisa's sister Ruth was alive, as well as Rich's father. They have since passed away, but Lisa's mom Nancy remains a pretty hale nonagenarian, with her wits about her, and she is tech savvy for her age. We expect Skype calls and other forms of communication will keep us well in touch.
- When do you get back and what will you do?