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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea

All Things That Surround Me

July11

I taught two more boys with balloons classes today. My favorite part of this lesson is pulling balloons out of my bag and telling them that they get to blow them up. Their eyes get so wide… The students (2.8 and 2.9) were surprisingly respectful of the balloons.  I managed to get a really nice picture of both classes, as well as a few individual and group shots.

One of the students I had blogged about previously, the one who was being tested for depression, was one of the volunteers. Earlier I had looked at his paper, and noted that he had ranked his happiness as ten out of ten. This time as he was posing I saw that the things that make him happy, what he had written on his balloon, are “All Things That Surround Me”

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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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