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My favorite of the older male teachers at our school almost always has a website that shows satellite views of places (naver maps? google? not sure) up on his computer, is making notes on a paper map in front of him, or doing both at the same time. Maybe he’s just a geography teacher, but I’d like to think that he’s treasure hunting.

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  1. Avatar March 4th, 2013 at 12:12 pm Em in Asia! » Blog Archive » Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes Says:

    […] office have moved to other offices, but on the plus side the teacher now sitting next to me is the one who spends his time pouring over maps. He already likes me, so maybe if my Korean improves and I continue being nice he’ll take me […]

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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.