The world is getting smaller, but this means that our opportunities to learn are actually growing!
My name is Pedro Marinho and I’m from Portugal. I’ve been working as a teacher for nearly 10 years now. I’ve taught Mandarin Chinese in Portugal, Portuguese and English in China, and now I’m teaching English in Japan.
I’ve worked with a wide range of age groups, but my favorite is definitely young learners! Children’s straightforwardness, honesty, and natural curiosity make them excellent students with whom it is a pleasure to work with every day!
One quote that particularly inspires me is by Louis Pasteur: “Chance favors the prepared mind.”
Having traveled around the world a little bit, I’ve witnessed first hand the importance of communication and being open-minded to other cultures and environments. The world is getting smaller, but this means that our opportunities to learn are actually growing! It is now much easier to travel to different places with different societies and cultures, so it is important to prepare ourselves with the skills to face increasing globalization.
Actually, this is what drives me most to teach. I love to expand my students’ horizons by sharing knowledge about our world with them. It is my hope that they too become citizens of this whole world, and not just part of it.
It is hard to name one person who inspired me the most, but I can say that my biggest inspirations came from my family, so family is a value that I treasure a lot. My mother, my uncle, and my late grandfather are all people who inspire me for many different reasons, but they all share the will to challenge themselves, broaden their horizons and not be afraid of taking chances!