Robert F Piper
Last year I completed my BA in philosophy at the University of Hawaii at Hilo after a thirty-five-year semester break. Prior to attending UH Hilo my wife and I spent 10 years living in a hand-built cabin above Nederland, Colorado. Before living in Colorado I spent nearly 2 decades living abroad in Asia, Europe, and Mexico. I currently reside in Uijonbu-Shi, Republic of Korea. I am enrolled in an online masters program in Information Learning Technologies (ILT) at the University of Colorado Denver. When I complete the program I hope that I will have sufficient skills and credentials so that I can successfully teach EFL/ESL in Asia.
My plan for teaching in Asia has always centered on teaching in a rural area. I wish to teach in an area that is under-served, and also have a strong desire to teach in, or near, a Buddhist community. My wife and I plan to attach ourselves to a rural nunnery or monastery, where we might be afforded the opportunity to work with refugees, or others that may have no other means to obtain an education. The MA degree in ILT from the University of Colorado Denver will enable me to blend my telecommunications background, with my plan to teach English, while helping others establish online courses in Eastern philosophy. In the end, I see a small school in an under-served area helping those in need, with traditional face-face courses while also offering inexpensive online courses in math, English, and Eastern philosophy