I’m sorry it has been so long since I blogged. I have been super busy with getting settled in my new single apartment (Villa) and adjusting to working again. The flight took about 14 hours to get to Seoul then another hour to get to Busan. Although, I thought I might be alone there was plenty of people coming from EPIK on my plane ride which was nice. The orientation place was held in Busan University of Foreign studies. The orientation was super helpful and fun. Met a lot of people from all over the world and made some good friends. During the orientation, we had lecture classes on culture, how to teach English to students who never spoke English before, how to make lesson plans that are interesting, classroom management etc. Although we were put in class after class I thought they were highly informative and interesting. We also took a field trip to Haeyundae beach and UN memorial. It was so nice to get out and go sightseeing. At night, we would leave the dorms and go out drinking. This was my first time trying Soju (Korean Vodka). It is pretty strong and taste better when you mix it in with beer. One of my favorite part was learning Tae Kwon Do. At the end of the class, we got to break the wooden board with our goals on it. I thought it would be easy to break the board but it took me like 4 tries and a sore arm. The food they served were really good. Every day, lunch, and night they would prepare a buffet of food for us. It was a mixture of Korean food, sushi, and some American food.
I recently made a YouTube channel and I had the chance to Video blog film some of these fun events. Please click on this link to check it out.
Orientation days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-4MX9A-i2s&t=1s
1 week of living alone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WaWgaJiPZ8
The last day of orientation we got assigned our placements and met with our co-teachers. My co-teacher picked me up and took me to my apartment, school, and home shopping for basic necessities. What I find different is the bathrooms. The shower is basically the whole bathroom. There is no designated shower area with curtains so everything gets wet such as the toilet, sink and the floor. Also I noticed that Korea is big on recycling and composting everything. You can’t mix the recycling stuff up. Everything must be separated. There isn’t any dryers either so clothes must be hung up after washing. (Check all these out in my 2nd vlog)
As of now, I am teaching 26 hours of week in two elementary schools. In Ami Elementary school I am teaching grades 3, 4, 5, 6 and in Bosu Elementary school I am teaching grades 5 and 6. The kids are so cute and excited to learn. I was nervous at first but after introducing myself to the kids, I feel excited and confident in my abilities.
I can’t wait for what’s to come.