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Winter Break Hiatus


My winter break started on Friday, and will end on March first. Though originally it looked like it would be a fairly laid back vacation, it seems I’ll be pretty busy after all.

Now until January 1st: Staying with my friend Dianna in Cheonan/traveling with Dianna
January 2nd – 3rd: Visiting my homestay family
January 3rd – 4th: Visiting Sam
January 4th – 7th: Going back to and resting in CP
January 7th: Graduate school application due
January 7th – 11th: Teaching a winter camp at CPHS
January 11th – 20th: Studying Korean independently
January 20th: Korean language proficiency test
January 21st – 30th: Traveling to Japan with Sam and Dan
January 31st: Korean level test at Ganada institute
February 1st – February 28th: Korean language classes at Ganada in Seoul

Historically, I haven’t been very good at updating my blog during winter break (no classes, so there’s just less to blog about), so I honestly can’t say if you’ll hear from me on here until March. Since this is the last winter I’ll be in Korea, at least for a few years, I’m trying to make it The Winter of Korean and study Korean as intensely as possible, which means reducing my exposure to English. I’ll try my hardest to update once in awhile. Happy holidays!

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“Winter Break Hiatus”

  1. Avatar December 25th, 2012 at 1:09 am Amy Phillips-Iversen Says:

    WIshing you a happy holiday and New Year, Emily! Good luck with your studies and travel. Sounds like an exciting start to 2013…

  2. Avatar December 27th, 2012 at 4:07 pm epotosky Says:

    Thank you, happy holidays to you too!

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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.