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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea



This week we’re playing a review game in class, so whenever I walk down the halls in the second grade building I get students yelling at me “TEACHER! Come into our class!” which is sweet and all, but I try not to let it get to my head, seeing as they’re doing it because they know it’s a game day. On a normal day, it’s nothing like that.

Today as I walked down the hall 2.2 students (girls, by the way. 16 year old girls) pressed their faces up to the window and started yelling at me.

Emily Teacher! Today you are most beautiful!

Ah! Your dress! It is very blue!

Your face is so white and shiney!


Your stockings are so schexy!

… my hair is like baby. I can’t even…

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  1. Avatar June 28th, 2012 at 11:19 pm Study university courses in Australia Says:

    Sounds like you are having a great time. There are few things better than studying and working in another country.

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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.