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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea

Creating Countries


I had my students create their own countries. The results were a little weird.

Political System: Dictatorship
Industries: milk, beef, cheese
Official Language: Korean
Marrying Age: 18. Because NH wants to marry right now.
Military: Option
Educational System: 13, must
3 Things that are Legal: Must have cow, milk a cow, bow to cow
3 Things that are Illegal: Hate milk, hit the cow, raise other animal.

Political System: Anarchy
Industries: Troll’s underwear
Official Language: English and Troll
Marrying Age: No limitation (but can’t marry troll)
Military: Mandatory (both men and women)
Educational System: Have to go to school until 20 (but, troll cannot have school)
3 Things that are Legal: You can kill troll. Trolls can kill people. You can have weapons.
3 Things that are Illegal: Trolls cannot marry people. Murder. Trolls cannot suicide.

Political System: Monarchy
Industries: Time machine. Eco-friendly products.
Official Language: Korean and binary.
Marrying Age: 18 -> because ideal is grown enough at about 18.
Military: None.
Educational System: Students must go to school up to University or College (24)
3 Things that are Legal: 1. Time travel 2. Can dropout only if a person is studying. 3. Can go camping anywhere important in time or to the environment.
3 Things that are Illegal: Don’t Destroy: 1) Time 2) Environment 3) Humanism

Political System: Anarchy
Industries: medicine, plant, fruit, ant, sand
Official Language: animal sounds
Marrying Age: No limit
Military: Optional
Educational System: to survive in nature
3 Things that are Legal: watering the flowers, plant trees, produce butterflies
3 Things that are Illegal: pick up plants, stomping on ants, catch butterflies

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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.