The big news in the Boivie household today is that our family will be going to India this summer. For those of you who don't know, Stephanie's parents are mission presidents for the LDS church in Bangalore India. After they had received their mission call, Stephanie and I decided that some time during their three year mission we would take our family to India to visit them. Initially we had been planning to go to India over the Christmas break in 2012.
Then I went to a conference in August and some of my friends and colleagues were discussing how they had used opportunities to teach at schools in other countries to help their families go visit some great places. That got me thinking that I should start looking for some kind of similar opportunity to help us fund our planned trip to India.
Shortly after the conference my department had our first faculty meeting of the year and my department head announced that the Global Cohort which had gone to China last year, would be spending the upcoming summer in Bangalore India and that they needed someone from our department to teach in that program. So, after working out some of the details, today I formally agreed to teach the class this summer. I will be teaching a class from mid-May to mid-June and we might stay a week or so longer so that we can see some other sights after I am done with teaching.
We are excited and a little nervous, but this is a great opportunity since the school will pay for my expenses (e.g. my flight, an apartment, etc.) and a salary to teach the class. That salary will be enough to pay for Stephanie and the kids to come. Although it was earlier than we had originally planned, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. It should be a tremendous experience to actually live in India for over a month.