I live in and am employed by a Chinese orphanage. AMA.
Oh boy -- I'd thought about doing this a few times before and am actually following through this time. I very rarely get on reddit these days, but today have an unusually free swath of time (kids are prepping a performance of some kind for tomorrow's holiday) and thought I'd give it a shot. Maybe no one is interested, maybe some of you are, I guess I'm about to find out. Originally I was going to post this over in r/CasualIAmA, but thought I'd give it a shot here first. I am not the only redditor who is in this life position, there are a couple over on r/China, where I lurk, but hopefully it is still 'uncommon' enough!
Basic facts: I live in central China. I have been living here full-time for four years, but have been working here for three or four months out of every year, while providing stateside administrative assistance, for ten years. Originally I came in as a teacher and tutor but am now a full-time house parent to a handful of seven/eight-year-olds.
Throwaway because I'd rather be very, very honest and then run away and never look back.
Proof: I can post a photo of me with my local newspaper, or message my residence permit to the mods. Unsure how much else I can do? No pictures of the children, because that isn't cool.
Update 3:00 BST: My turn to get the kids from school in an hour, so I'll be around for perhaps another 30 minutes and then off to get them to eat/do homework/go to sleep. Thanks for the interest so far, I'll be back around this evening to talk more if there is anyone else who desires to communicate!
Update 9:50 BST I'm back!
Update 12:00 BST I'm off again, will check the topic one more time in the morning once I'm free (approximately eight hours). Thanks for making this so fun!
Update 8:30 BST I'm back again! Woo!