Robert Minor

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May 4, 2017

Where were you - and what did you do - during your PiA experience? 

I was the head EFL instructor at the Kaohsiung American School in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. 

Looking back, what was one of the most memorable or interesting experiences you had on PiA?

Buying my first scooter and getting around Kaohsiung. I had a 20 minute ride to work every morning along with hoards of dirty and noisy scooters. Exhilarating, nonetheless.

What are you up to now?

After my first year in Kaohsiung with PiA, I decided to spend some time doing some traveling around Asia. I then returned to Kaohsiung to live for the next 6 years. I took more Mandarin classes and taught in language schools around the city. I returned to the US for 5 years, but finally decided on returning BACK to Kaohsiung where I have been since 2003. I opened my own language schools and currently have two branches in Kaohsiung City.

How did your PiA experience influence your subsequent career and/or life path?

PiA exposed me to teaching and education which I realized was a good career fit for me. Being placed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan must have been some kind of fate, because I have ended up making it my home.

In a word or phrase, what was one of the most important things you gained as a result of your PiA experience?

Exposure to a new culture and style of living. 

What advice would you give current PiA Fellows in the field?

Follow your heart and don’t be afraid to face an unknown place. However, open yourself to learning and embracing how other societies and cultures live and interact. You will learn so much about yourself as well as where you come from.

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