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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea



A big typhoon is hitting Jeju island as we speak, and it’s going to make it’s way up the mainland. I live in the southernmost tip of Korea, and I live on the top floor (the second) of one of the tallest buildings in my town. My co-teacher just suggested that I buy tape and tape down my windows.

I’m honestly less worried about my windows, and more depressed about having to walk to school tomorrow in the middle of a gigantic rainstorm.

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  1. Avatar August 27th, 2012 at 8:56 pm Amy Phillips-Iversen Says:

    Welcome back to school, Emily! Be safe. Jake is still in Korea, too. And, as his mom, I worry about his safety. Maybe they’ll call off school during the storm?

  2. Avatar August 28th, 2012 at 10:16 am epotosky Says:

    Thank you!

    Some schools cancelled class, but my school apparently never cancels. I’m just lucky I have a much shorter commute than most of the other teachers :).

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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.