I know, every parent’s worst nightmare – a child who doesn’t take any responsibility for herself or her stuff. The child you fight with day in and day out about feeding pets, picking up clothes, taking care of toys, putting away her lunch bag and backpack.
I’ve been living in South Korea for a decade and I started out by living in Cheonan, which is a medium sized city south of Seoul. If you go south on subway line 1, and keep going, and going, and going you’ll eventually get to Cheonan! Or, you could take the high-speed train (KTX) and get there in about 40 minutes.
After five plus years of teaching I no longer consider myself a ‘rookie.’ I’m not yet a ‘veteran’ teacher—someone who has taught for decades, but still, I feel a bit more seasoned than the average teacher, simply because my experience has been so unique.
Time marches on, and brings me along with it. I'll update on some items mentioned in recent posts:
1) The image for this post shows how my business cards have come along. I'm quite glad to see them now, and would recommend moo.com for their helpful staff if you're looking for business cards. We'll see how they are received by others.
Many people might be unaware that Saudi Arabia has two different types of police. They have their traditional police in the terms that we think. These are the guys that have special uniforms and drive around in cars with blue and red lights. They are trained and authorized to uphold the law. These are just what we think of when someone says police.
During my orientation in Canada, my vice-principal gave a prep talk on what to expect in China. I remembered something he said that stayed with me even until now. “You have to be fiercely independent to be in China” he said over and over. All the new teachers acknowledge that there will be a massive cultural shock upon arrival; there also will be an immense sense of homesickness.
I tend to get a puffed up head that systematically gets popped as I go out and about and realize how little I know about the world. Three years ago, I had a choice between a training position in Myanmar or a volunteer English teaching position in Georgia.
If you’ve ever been to South-East Asia, or a place like Vancouver or Hawaii, you’ve probably seen people out on stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). You know, those things that look like over-sized surfboards that people propel with a paddle while standing up.
I wanted to write a post about being a solo female living and working in South Korea. I usually give a re-cap of my experience in South Korea, for any new readers: I lived and worked as an ESL teacher in South Korea for one full year before my husband joined me and we lived the next two years together as an expat couple.