Em in Asia!

My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea

Staying Alive


*Cue the music*


ANYway sorry for all the silence, I’m still traveling at the moment. I spent a week visiting Megan in Daejeon and I ended up teaching at her winter camp for 3 days. Teaching elementary school is so different from high school – I think they weren’t sure what to make of me as I had just cut my hair super short a few days prior (is that person a boy or a girl?) and my eyes were blue (are her eyes real?) but it was very fun.

I then flew out as per schedule and met Felicia in Cambodia. Spent a few days  getting sunburnt (don’t worry Mom, I’m fine)  bug-bitten, not tanning at all, and eating delicious fruit, and now I’m in Vietnam. I’m really glad I’m able to have this sort of travel experience, because it reminds me of how different my life could’ve been if I had gone to somewhere other than Korea. Most of the stuff we’ve been doing (well, all of the stuff really) is fairly touristy, so I can’t say I’m getting a taste of real life, however I think I can safely say that I couldn’t do most of this in Korea. Nevertheless I’ve seen chocopies, a Lotteria, a Hanatour bus, and I heard a little Cambodian boy singing 2ne1’s “I am the Best” (mostly just the nonsensical chorus, but you gotta give him props for trying) so Korea doesn’t seem too far away.

I’ll be back in Korea from January 15th – 22nd, and while I’m sad to leave the warmth I honest to god miss kimchi.


Yeah this is a bit rambly, but can you blame me?  I’m on vacation ;).

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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.