My name is Carra Johnson, and I am 21 years old. Before moving to China I graduated from Newcastle University, where I studied law. I am from a town called Gateshead, which is situated in the North-East of England. I currently teach English as a foreign language in Suzhou. In my first month I taught at the Finance and Tourism Institute. However, I now teach at three schools; Suzhou Experimental Primary School, Xinsu Primary School, and Suzhou Zhenwu middle School.
In the three years I spent at university, I was introduced to many opportunities. I was a mentor ,a member of the Newcastle dance society, and also a member of the debating society – where I participated in both mooting and debating competitions. Furthermore, I met some life long friends during my time at university and we spent most of our spare time travelling. I really enjoy travelling and I have visited many places in America, Asia, UAE and Europe. As I am passionate about travelling, my move to China was a natural fit. Since arriving, I have already visited Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Huangshan and Zhejiang.
Alongside travelling, teaching was also a main influence in my move to China. I enjoy teaching a variety of different students and I have had the advantage of being able to teach a range of age groups. My favourite thing about China is that the people are very friendly and willing to help. I get lots of support from the staff at school. This makes not only living here an enjoyable experience, but it has also helped me develop as a teacher.
Whilst I always seek out new experiences, China has undeniably been my most challenging experience yet. I came to China with little teaching experience and the sudden realisation that I am 5562 miles from home can sometimes be a daunting thought. Nonetheless, my first two months in China have already been an incredible adventure and I am excited to see what the rest of my year brings.