Em in Asia!

My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea



Summer is here, and just when I thought the weather couldn’t get unbearably hotter, I was proven right by what seems to be a veritable dump of all of the moisture in the atmosphere.

It’s rainy season again. I somehow completely forgot about monsoon season, and how while it barely rains in Korea for 9 months out of the year, it makes up for it in the summer. Apparently monsoon season starts today, which is awesome as my umbrella is broken. On a positive note, the heavy rains means that the students can’t practice recorder outside, and there is so much wind that I can’t hear the students practicing in their homerooms. On a negative note, the table-tents that my students set up on their desks that have their names and their stamps (my reward system) on them have flown off like six times, and my shoes are wet.

Seriously, look at this beast!

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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.