- File Size: 631 KB
- Print Length: 188 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Orange Hat Publishing (July 26, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 26, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008PV3N9G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Here We Are & There We Go - Teaching and Traveling with Kids in Tow Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I confess I have been to a few of the countries, especially Singapore where they did stay to teach. Their recollection of Ghana, Africa, is probably the best in the book, perhaps because they stayed the longest there and there was so much contrast with the family's home country, the United States.
Nor does this book accentuate the positive too much. The shortcomings of each destination are explained, but in a very professional way. As I stated earlier, the balancing of the tales told is very well done. These are not your typical boring travel tales of your uncle and aunt as recounted by them to you in their home with over 1,000 photos over several photo albums or a badly shot two-hour projector video. This book is very entertaining, and you even take away valuable lessons about how people live in other countries.
I would definitely give this book five stars had it continued to tell the tales, in detail, after the family's return to their home state of Wisconsin. For some reason, although the parents went back (with an older daughter in tow for another year) to teaching overseas, after six years back in their home state, this part of the book, at the end, is much more abbreviated. Perhaps the author was wondering if her readers would tire of the overseas stories near the end of the book. Not so! I look forward, if possible, to more detail of their post-reverse cultural shock in teaching again overseas!
It's very hard to make travel memoirs very interesting to the bystander (unless you're a celebrity, and then it would be about the celebrity, not the travels!). But this author pulled it off. Bravo!
Jill Dobbe’s recollections describe how she fulfilled her goal “to visit faraway places, eat exotic foods, learn to speak other languages, and engage with and live among people of all different cultures.” Trough Ms Dobbe’s eyes, I learned a little about living abroad as overseas international educators, exploring the world with children, and the places she lived in and traveled to in Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America.
I enjoyed reading about this fascinating life and recommend it for those contemplating this unusual career or reading about life in foreign countries.
But I don't have to. My daughter graduated with a degree in English and a TOFOL certificate. She taught at a girl's school in Thailand for nine months. Then at an orphanage in India for 3 months. The little girls learned to watch American cartoons on her laptop. Talk about that!
I see hope in our future. I want all our children to be global citizens. There's more to life than a credit card and a shopping mall. Once you try it, you remain a tourist with eye-full insights for the rest of your life. Imagine watching the Travel Channel and saying "Been there," while your friends ask -- "Where's that?"
So jump into life. Read this book then give it away to a kid that believes in adventure. Wake him or her up, if you have to. That's how to wake up in the 21st century. God Bless Indie-authors everywhere.