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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea

Another thing I hate about rain


is that all the bugs come out of the woodwork. Literally. I just watched a bug trundle across the floor of the office heading straight for my desk. A pretty big bug. I swallowed a scream, and kicked it, and it turned around and headed for another desk. The teacher’s office is practically empty, so no one saw me do it, and we’re going to pretend this never happened.


Also I looked up “like the dickens” and found out that it is not at all related to Charles (though that is a very common question) and it’s actually a euphemism for the Devil. This makes more sense now.

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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.