Ways to Get Connected While Living Abroad

When you're living in a country that's so homogeneous it's people took note when the foreign population jumped from 1% to 3% it's easy to feel like you're fighting a losing battle in terms of "fitting in" with the country and culture around you. In a bizarre turn of events, one of the hardest things…

Understanding Your Student’s English

Understanding Your Student's English   When you first get to Korea there will be a lot of things that you don't understand. Unfortunately some of those things will be what your students are saying, in English, in an attempt to talk to you. I always always try to at least pretend like I know what…

Tips for Surviving Your First Day as an EPIK Teacher

Tips for Surviving Your First Day as an EPIK Teacher   If walking up to my school on the first day amid a literal sea of students staring and gawking at me wasn't enough to make me nervous, then standing in front of my first class of 30 something 15-year-old boys was. Your first few…

Things My Students Have Said to Me: Part 2

One of the major perks of teaching middle school are the multitude of ridiculous things that I get to hear on a daily basis. Whether it's something clever and witty from a high level student, something bold from a kid who's inflated ego has managed to disregard the fact that they can't put together a…

Story Time: Teacher’s Trip to Tongyeong

Story Time: Teacher's Trip to Tongyeong. Alternatively, the first time I was, within the bounds of Korean workplace culture, forced to do some embarrassing in front of my co-workers.   It involved a bus full of teachers, soju, and the US national anthem. But I digress. Let me start from the beginning. So on occasion…