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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea

North Korea

November23

I’m freaked out but alive and fine. Will update later when I have internet at the homestay again.

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/11/23/nkorea.skorea.military.fire/index.html

EDIT: Just finished typing most of a blog post but it’s time to leave work. I do not currently have internet at the homestay but I will try to post something tonight (remember, I’m 14 hours ahead of you) or maybe tomorrow.  For now I leave you with this, to make you feel better about me being in Korea.

Yeonpyeong Island (where the shooting was): http://tinyurl.com/2v36pez (small island in the Yellow sea)

Where I am: http://tinyurl.com/2fo7mhc (tiny little rural town in Cheongcheong-nam province, about 1 cm west of “cheonan” on this map. My town is small so when I google search “SG map” nothing comes up.

I really appreciate everyone’s concern. I’ll do my best to keep you updated.

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“North Korea”

  1. Avatar November 24th, 2010 at 3:56 am Reverend Says:

    Hope you stay safe, how scary is that.


  2. Avatar November 24th, 2010 at 4:13 am b4ssm4st3r Says:

    Please do stay safe! And people here at UMW are praying!


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  4. Avatar November 26th, 2010 at 7:59 am epotosky Says:

    Thanks everyone I appreciate it. It was pretty scary at the time but everything seems to have settled down here. I tend to forget that North Korea is directly above us and an incredibly hostile nation (as strange as that seems) because people don’t really talk about it. The day after the incident it was on the news but everyone just kind of went on with life as normal because as sad as it is, acts of aggression from North Korea ARE sort of life as normal. Anyway I appreciate the thoughts, and I’ll do my best to keep people updated ^^.


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안녕하세요! My name is Emily and when I started this blog I had received a 2010 – 2011 F*lbright grant to teach English in South Korea.  I then decided to apply to renew my grant, so I am now staying in Korea until July 2012. This blog is not an official F*lbright Program blog, and the views expressed are my own and not those of the F*lbright Program, the U.S. Department of State or any of its partner organizations.

I graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a degree in Philosophy Pre-Law and Classical Civilizations, and found myself 3 months later teaching English at SGHS. The town that I taught in, SG, is a small town of 12,000 people, an “읍” (eup) rather than a “시” (shi – city), and though it was sometimes hard teaching in such a small town I really enjoyed the unique experience of being the first foreign teacher SGHS had ever had. I lived in the largest part of the county which is significantly bigger (40,000 people) than the town the school is situated in, but is also considered rural by Korean standards.

During my second grant period (2011-2012) I decided to change schools and I currently teach at CPHS which is located in an even smaller town than previously, in Jeollanamdo.

This blog is meant to serve as a reflection not only of being a Native English Speaking teacher in Korea, but also of living as a foreigner in rural Korea.



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