Going to Bhutan to teach was the fulfillment of a life dream for Ann. From the first time she traveled the world from 1972 to 1975, and visited the people of the Himalayas, she knew that this was where she wanted to teach one day. She returned home to attend York University to become a teacher. In the process, she settled down and brought up two wonderful sons. After 30 satisfying years teaching primary school in Simcoe County, Ontario, with short volunteer teaching stints in Guatemala and Mirik, India, she finally had the opportunity to teach in Bhutan in 2010. Ann spent an incredible year teaching English and developing a Special Education program in Mongar. She returned to Canada at the end of 2010, but Bhutan will always remain close to her heart.
Blog: Ann’s Adventures
Reflections on Bhutan
I feel that I came away from Bhutan a much richer person. The students, my colleagues, and my neighbours taught me a great deal about Bhutanese culture. More importantly, immersion in that culture also taught me a lot about myself. For example, I like to have a fair degree of control over my environment and my situation, but in Bhutan I was forced to give up most of that. Sometimes I would get into a tizzy, but I quickly learned that things always worked out fine without the tizzy. It is better to just breathe and move ahead with a positive attitude. Bhutanese people are the warmest, kindest, most generous people I have met anywhere in the world. They will always be in my heart.