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Paul Diver

Name

Paul Diver

Location

Chumey MSS, Bumthang

Level

Primary

Subjects

English & Math

Hometown

New South Wales, Australia

Paul Diver was born and raised in England where he lived for many years before moving to The Netherlands for 6 months to work for a shipping company. One thing led to another and 6 months turned into nearly 7 years. One day, on a trip to London, Paul met an Aussie girl with a twinkle in her eye. He convinced Justine to come and live with him in Rotterdam – which she did (for a year). Justine couldn’t stand the thought of another grey and miserable winter, so she convinced Paul to move with her to sunny Sydney. She didn’t exactly have to twist his arm.

By now they were engaged and not long after they arrived in Sydney, Paul and Justine got married. Paul got back into shipping and a baby (Thomas) soon came along. All was well, but something was missing in Paul’s life – that thing he eventually realised was job satisfaction. One day Paul came home and said that he wanted to give up work and train as a teacher. With a one year old, and a new baby on the way, his timing was far from perfect, but Justine, ever-practical worked out how they could manage him going back to university. Soon Paul was qualified and working at a school in Eastern Sydney, the kids were great and he could even see the Pacific Ocean from his classroom; Paul was very content.

By now two more kids had come along – first Amelie and then Lois. Sydney was great for the grown-ups but Paul and Justine wanted their kids to have room to run around and be free. So they packed their bags again and headed for northern NSW. They found a great house with kangaroos and koalas in the bushland behind them, not to mention quite a few snakes. They found a nice school for the kids and Paul ended up working there himself. Life was good but always on the lookout for adventure, the family decided to give Bhutan a try. Paul wonders how the next chapter will read…..