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Having had no prior experience teaching kids before coming to South Korea, I thought that being a mom would at least allow me to ease into teaching a bit more easily.

I knew an expat teacher who lived in the same rural town as I did. She lived just across from her school and was there about six months longer than I had been at the time. One evening we went out for dinner and afterwards decided to grab a beer. We went to a bar where she had never been before and on our way there we passed the Arts and Culture Centre. She asked: "What is this?" I was stunned.

Living and working in a foreign country invariably means that you will be exposed to so many foreign things of all kinds and nature that you will at times feel somewhat overwhelmed. If you do not from time to time feel just a teeny weeny bit overwhelmed when walking the streets of your new life, you must please let us other mere mortals know what your secret super power is!

The world went into panic mode when the media released news of the Ebola virus. Spreading rapidly through parts of Africa within months and eventually making its way internationally, the Ebola virus poses a serious threat to those who come into contact with anyone infected.

Life as I knew it back in the corporate world insisted on demanding more time and emotional energy and effort than I was sometimes willing to give. But then that is a world where you are not asked if it is okay to set unrealistic deadlines, to take on more than you can handle, to run blindly where no-one else dared to tread.

Before coming to South Korea I deliberately decided not to have any expectations but to just have the intention of experiencing an adventure of a lifetime because I had learned in my life that disappointment invariably follows expectations.

Now why on earth would a divorced, single mom with a good job as a manager in one of the four biggest professional services firms in the world decide 6 days after her 50th birthday to teach English as a second language in a foreign country?

Because she can!

Prior to recruiting ESL teachers to teach overseas, I was an ESL teacher myself. I spent four years teaching abroad in Korea, and a year and a half teaching in Brazil and traveling across South America. During my time overseas, I met a number of expats who did time in foreign prisons.


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