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My Experiences Living and Teaching in South Korea


Not to be super down in the dumps (I promise I AM having good times interspersed here and there), but I finally understand the expression “eyes leaking” as I can’t stop crying. Well, it’s not even crying, really, as it is just water leaving my eyes in a continuous slow stream. Half the time I’m not even sad and my eyes start dripping like a broken faucet.

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  1. Avatar July 10th, 2013 at 4:43 am Reverend Says:

    Sorry to hear this, your awesome though, and this blog is a document that attests to that!

  2. Avatar July 11th, 2013 at 10:48 am epotosky Says:

    Thanks Jim, I’m doing better these days. Less leaking all around.

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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.