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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea


I’ve got a lot of blogging to catch up on, about how I’ve been sick and missed two days of school this week, and how I’ve been preparing for a diplomacy competition, but I have no time to do all of that today. Today is Sports Day, and I’m too busy being force fed random food (the current count is… 2 pieces of watermelon, a coffee ice cream bar, and a soda – this doesn’t include the chicken sandwich and coke I was given but managed to give to another student, nor does it include the ice cream and watermelon the teachers have tried to give to me), watching students compete, taking pictures with students, and gossiping with students and teachers. As we all know, Sports Day is the best day EVER.

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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.