This year has been one for the books. Back in August 2016, we never could have truly seen how our lives would twist, tumble, and change. I want to take a moment to review and appreciate the amazing adventure our first calendar year abroad has been. From friends to our jobs and on to travel, … Continue reading A Calendar Year Abroad: Reviewing 2017
A year ago, I was looking into options for improving my chances of landing future jobs. Like most EFL jobs in South Korea, my contract is about a year long. Last August, I had several options. I could extend my current contract, begin working at a public school, or find another hagwon. That, or I could … Continue reading Why I Decided to Get My TEFL Certificate
In case you've been away and somehow didn't know, I upended my life in America to teach abroad in South Korea. I spent a lot of time thinking about whether or not this move would be beneficial or detrimental to my goals. I did what I usually do when I'm mulling over a question: I researched...
In America, an avoidance (realized or not) of international travel is deep in our bones. I had never given it much thought, growing up. However, my own personal experience was the perfect example of this. As I grew up, I only ever went on one vacation with my family -- to Colorado when I was … Continue reading International Travel: Americans Need To Get Out More (and 6 Reasons They Don’t)
Back in August, I said I would upload a video tour of my apartment, and that never happened. Oops! I'm going to make up for that now. Even so, I'm using a video that I shot when I was giving my orientation buddies a tour. I think parts of it were funny and underline the … Continue reading 8 Things to Know About Korean Studio Apartments (or, Long Overdue Tour of My Hobbit Hole)
It seems a weird thought to say that I've lived in another country for almost three months now. For instance, it's not the same, clearly, as moving to another place in the United States like I did when I got my first teaching gig in Putnam County, IL. Many people start feeling homesick around this … Continue reading Homesick? Reflecting on Two Months Working Abroad
Where's time gone? My first week teaching EFL has flown by. You may be wondering how it went. I wanted to give here a chance before saying anything. My hagwon's organization placed me in Sillim, an interesting location on Line 2 of the subway system. This first week teaching EFL, I've realized there are a few pros … Continue reading Moving to Sillim-dong and My First Day Teaching EFL in Korea