Above: Me with Brita Dallmann, a UW-Eau Claire graduate now living and teaching just English outside of Shanghai.
On Thursday, I met up with recent UW-Eau Claire graduate Brita Dallmann, who graduated in May with a degree in Spanish and now teaches English in a Chinese middle school in Qingpu, China. We met up at Boxing Cat, an authentic American restaurant in Shanghai where I enjoyed a much-needed cheeseburger. Over dinner, we chatted about what brought Ms. Dallmann to China and her experience there thus far.
Ms. Dallmann works for a company called Pacican, which matches native English speakers with schools in the Shanghai area to teach middle schoolers English conversation and culture. Ms. Dallmann said she loves her job and hopes to renew her contract, which ends in June. Her favorite part? Her students.
"My kids are my favorite part of every day," Ms. Dallmann said. "Just like any job, there are days where you wake up and don’t want to go. But when I go into the classroom, they’re so excited, so happy to see me."
Ms. Dallmann said she loves living in China. After spending nine months in Spain studying abroad while at UW-Eau Claire, she’s realized China is very different from anything she’s experienced.
"It’s a completely different part of the world, you can go to Europe and experience that and it’s great, but it’s still the Western world," Ms. Dallmann said. "You come here and it’s completely different. Different values, different people, just a different mindset."