- Associated Press - Sunday, June 29, 2014

TRENTON, N.D. (AP) - After three years of teaching English in Trenton, Aubrey McNary is moving to Thailand to pursue a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

She’ll still be teaching English, but at an international high school run by Americans.

“I finished teaching in May and I move to Thailand next month (July),” McNary told the Williston Herald (http://bit.ly/1v27D5L ).

The 26-year-old University of North Dakota graduate will teach three sections of Advanced Placement English and two sections of world literature. Right now, she can only say three words in Thai, but most everything is in English and that won’t be much of an issue when she arrives.

“If I learn ‘bathroom’ I’ll be golden,” she said.

McNary heard about the program from a friend who now teaches there. She’s lived her whole life in North Dakota, and the opportunity to travel abroad was too much to pass up.

“I’ve lived in North Dakota my whole life, which is part of the reason to want to do something different,” she said.

She’ll still be able to come home, but she plans to spend a lot of her free time taking in the various sights and experiences unique to southeastern Asia.

“I really want to see China and I want to see India,” she said. “I really want to ride an elephant.”

Thailand’s government was overthrown during a coup last month, and the country is currently under martial law, but McNary said that’s not much of a concern.

“It’s not as bad as what it sounds like,” she said. “They love Americans for the most part.”

The State Department recommends American visitors to Thailand keep their distance from Thai politics and stay aware of any negative developments in the country.

“For not having a government, it’s pretty tame and pretty stable right now,” McNary said.

Her initial contract will last for about two years, she said, but she’ll probably be back for Christmas.

“I’m excited,” she said, “but it’s super bittersweet.”

McNary loved teaching at Trenton, and she’ll miss the family, friends and students she’s leaving behind.

“I’m excited,” she said, “but it’s going to be a big change.”

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Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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