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TIC: This is China [Kindle Edition]

Tove Vine

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In this book Tove Vine tells the story of how for years she felt she was living ‘the wrong life’ and at the age of 57 was brave enough to make a huge change in her life. She sold off all her belongings, put on a backpack and went to China to teach English. Tove tells a fascinating story of how China set her on the path to becoming the person she always wanted to be. This is the tale of her incredible journey of discoveries and how a middle age woman can dramatically change her life. She became an adventurous fulfilled woman making a difference in the lives of thousands of Chinese children, enriching their lives to prepare them for their future. Tove, being of Viking decent, became known to her friends in China as ‘Tove the Brave’ as she travelled mostly alone in a country where she didn’t speak the language. The book is about being brave enough to make a huge life change in middle age. How to leave behind everything that is familiar and to set out on a journey of discovery that will bring enormous rewards along the way. She is able to touch the lives of the people she encountered in a positive way. Tove provides a wonderful example of how a middle age woman can dramatically change her life and follow her dream.

About the Author

Tove Vine was born in Denmark into a poor family - number 11 of 13 children. During her childhood there was a great deal of hardship as it was often difficult for her parents to provide the necessities for the family. Due to the financial hardship Tove had to leave school before her 15th birthday and make her own way in the world. She worked as a maid and factory worker before obtaining a three year apprentice in a large company and studied for a business college diploma part time. At age 19 she ventured to London where she worked as an au pair for a wealthy Jewish family and met her future Australian husband while in their employment. Three years later she immigrated to Australia where she married and had one daughter. The years in Australia were spent in Newcastle, Townsville and Brisbane working as beauty consultant, business owner and later as an accountant. Due to her lack of education Tove never stop studying in her spare time as a mature aged student. In 2003 Tove (now divorced) decided to change her life completely, selling all her possessions and moving to China to become an English teacher. She wanted to fulfill a childhood dream of becoming a teacher and also to live in China. After one year working for an English training centre Tove established her own school “Miss Tove’s English School”. Because Tove knows the heartbreak of not being able to obtain a high school education she is passionate about helping to educate poor children. In her holidays she travels to teach English as a volunteer in orphanages in Asian countries, as well as supporting 13 poor children’s education in Kathmandu Nepal. While in Kathmandu teaching as a volunteer she established “Miss Tove’s Hygiene Program’, a program that provide soap and teaches poor children to wash their hand before they eat to prevent sickness. She also supports poor children in Nepal and a mountain village in Guizhou (China) with second hand clothes, toys and books which she collects from contributions by her Chinese students. Tove’s motto is “If I can help I must” – so everywhere she travels and she sees help is needed she helps.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149299362X
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HH60AKA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JOURNEY INTO THE UNKNOWN 18 Feb. 2014
By Barbara Ann Mojica - Published on
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I picked up this book because I visited China around the same time the author picked up her belongings and made a new life for herself in China, and I though it would be interesting to compare experiences. After a divorce, the middle aged author decided that she would leave her Australian homeland and grown daughter to teach English in China. The author is honest and straightforward about her experiences in meeting new people from around the world and adapting to the culture and language which is completely foreign to her. I admire her courage in exploring strange places and living with co-workers that she has never met. My journey was a lot more controlled because the Chinese government monitors the restaurants and hotels that tour groups visit; Ms. Tove had no such luxury. The author writes as if she were talking to a friend; readers feel as it they are experiencing the journey and adventure along with her.

Not only did Ms. Vine provide an interesting travel memoir, but she reveals her strength of character. After one year of enjoying teaching the children, but also coping with many moves, upsets, and friends who had returned to their homes, she is stalwart. Tove does not leave her position until her contract is finished. Then she launches her own tutoring school and sets up a charitable foundation in Nepal.

If you would like to get an inside glimpse into life in China for a Westerner and sample Chinese culture, take a look at this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What an inspiration 18 Feb. 2014
By Ms Margit L Cruice - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was an absolute joy to read. Tove recounts her memories so well that I got a great feel for how this extraordinary journey must have felt for her. She shows us what is possible when we live life with courage and from a place of love. She is an amazing woman and in this book we get to see a glimpse of her. I can't wait to read the next one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories 1 July 2014
By Stephmess - Published on
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - it bought back so many memories of my own time in China teaching English. I found myself not wanting to put the book down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's never too late to follow your dreams 1 July 2014
By Daniel Hojlund - Published on
A very enjoyable read and a proof that if you approach life with an open-mind, respect and love you can touch many people and accomplish great things. A lot of positive energy and inspiration to be found in these pages and the author shows that it is never too late to experience new things and make big changes as long as you dare to dream and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mid-Age Renewal 1 July 2014
By Tony Ryan - Published on
Loved this book. There are so few people who have the guts to get out there and do something with their lives....especially when they're trapped in a mid-life tedium. Yet this author was obviously prepared to do so. A great collection of real-life narrative about making your way in China.
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