Teacher of the year. Happy Halloween from Yeongwol, South Korea. *no students were injured in the making of this video* #prank #halloween #fifthgraders #afterschoolclass #haha #badteacher #hearmyevillaugh #toomuchfun
My student is really excited about the upcoming Justin Bieber concert. I guess she’s a Belieber? #toofunny #justinbiebs #belieber #shestoocute #seoul #oct10
Juan Pedro at his finest. Leave it to the Mexicans to bring a piñata to a park in Seoul. #happytimes #happybirthdayginna #seoul #hanriver #wecray #funnyasheck #haventdonethisinyears #innerchild #noshame #fununtiligothitwithastick #itwasstillkindoffunny
I told one of my low level student to write one sentence and draw a picture since he didn’t want to do anything else and this is what he drew. Translates roughly to “I will play poop.” Close enough? Haha 👦💩
"Teacher your hair…wait a minute…" Student takes my phone and translates this…not sure if that’s a compliment or not but eh. #yeongwolelementary #epik #summercamp #cutiestudent #brownseaweed
"Big Sexy River" aka the Donggang River is hella flooded. #yeongwol #donggangriver #southkorea #monsoonseason #rainfordays
This is as red, white, and blue as I could get out here in SK plus my white skirt haha. Happy Independence Day America! #4thofjuly #indpendenceday #america #redlipsatschool #kidsbelikewowteacher #workingholiday #wishicouldseesomefireworks #yeongwol #southkorea
I realize I’ve been MIA from my blog for several months. I can’t really say that I’ve been too terribly busy as much as I can say that I’ve been terribly lazy. I thought about making a vlog and I actually made it but never uploaded it and then I thought “Oh I’ll just write a blog” and well that didn’t happen either. Oh procrastination you still rule my life and I thought you were so yesterday. Anyway I guess I should update you on my little crazy life. Last time I wrote I believe was in April? Well since then nothing extraordinary has happened but some fun things have happened since then.
April was sort of whatever but May was pretty cool. My 24th birthday finally passed out here and for the first time in a long time I actually celebrated my birthday. I haven’t really celebrated my birthday since I turned 21 so it was a real treat to be able to enjoy it for as long as I did. It ended up working out that my birthday celebration lasted about 2 full weeks. It started the first week of May (my birthday is May 7th) and ended on the 12th. One cool thing that happened was that I was invited to attend my 6th grader’s 3 day field trip. It was kind of funny because I had asked my CT if I could attend and she told me the Principal had said no. A few days later at a teachers dinner one of the 6th grade homeroom teachers asked me if I was going and I told them I was told I couldn’t. She got really upset apparently and told all the other teachers (8 in total) and they asked the principal again and he said yes! So it kind of made me feel really special to think that they liked me that much. Then I had heard that the teachers were fighting over whose class bus I would be riding in. I literally changed busses 3 times before they finally told me the day before whose bus I would be going in and some of my student’s we’re not happy. I remember in class when one student asked me if I was going in her bus and I told her no, she literally shouted, “What the F**k!?”. It really caught me off guard and of course after I gave her the death stare she knew to never use that word in my classroom ever again!
Anyway the trip was fun but so tiring. We went to a Science Museum in Seoul, the Seoul Zoo, a show called “The Drawing Show” (which was in the dark, had cool neon lights and of course drawing and art) and on the final day we went to one of the biggest theme parks in SK “Everland”. The little kid in me came out and I couldn’t control it but the best part of the trip was that I was able to bond with my students and the teachers. I rode in the bus with one class and now they are very comfortable in speaking to me which is definitely a highlight as a NET (Native English Teacher.) I think I’ve mentioned it before but Koreans are pretty shy to speak English because they think they will say things wrong, so by being in the bus for several hours with my kids I broke that “fear” zone and I had some of them talking for hours.
The field trip ended on Friday and I decided to skip the teacher dinner that would follow because 1. I was super tired (we drank every night of the trip while the kids were sleeping (don’t be surprised by this, it’s Korean culture) and 2. I had to pack for the weekend because that was the first weekend of the 2 that I’d be going to Seoul and the first weekend was with my Yeongwol Crew…oh and we had a bomb ass time too (but then again when do we not?). In fact the night was so awesome that my brand new high heel broke! I guess you can say I must’ve been really working it on the dance floor. Or my shoes we’re just that terribly cheap? Prior to dancing the night away my friends surprised me with a birthday cake at the restaurant where we had dinner. It was really sweet and I don’t know why I didn’t expect it but it was pretty sweet of them. Then during my actual birthday week I received two more surprise birthday cakes and even a surprise birthday party. The first surprise was from my friend Adrian who surprised me during class with a birthday cake (If you don’t know who Adrian is he is the other EPIK teacher at my school). The second surprise of the day came from my kids when they made me a cake and threw me a party in my after school class. Totally didn’t expect it but it was so cute because they even got me some gifts and we had a nice little snack party.
My week was pretty smooth too and then the 2nd weekend came and I went out with my sorority sisters and one of the brother’s that’s out here. It was pretty fun and although we ended up only going to the Latin club “Caliente” we still had what I thought was a good time. Although I’m sure there was someone who didn’t but that’s a whole other story. After we danced until they kicked us out some of us were feeling hungry and this Korean guy I’d been dancing with treated us to a late night meal so we had some Bulgogi and then headed to the Norebang (karaoke) which ended out working perfectly because the metro was open by the time we left. Overall I had a blast with my sister’s and our little Lambda Fam. I’m pretty lucky to have them too because we can talk about funny things that only we get.
In other news I went bungee jumping again and this time it was off the 3rd highest platform in Asia and the highest in SK. It was pretty cool but I think my first experience was better. Don’t know why but I was so scared this time and then once I was done I was just like meh.
Finally the real updates! I have decided to officially renew and stay a second year. The papers have been signed and now it’s just a matter of time before my contract ends and the new one starts. I was considering transferring to another school because well I love my kids, I love my town, and I love my school but I have one major issue with my CT. I love her she’s great but she can really make things difficult for me sometimes. All in all I decided to not let one person ruin all the good. Plus I wasn’t guaranteed a position in the bigger city that I wanted and I didn’t want to end up in a smaller town than I’m in now. Plus why not make my 2nd year easy even though I know it would’ve been nice to have a change. Who knows maybe I’ll do a 3rd year if I don’t save up enough money for my future travels. (haha doubt it though)
Oh and something awesome I’ve been doing recently is volunteering at a children’s center here in my town. It’s really nice because some of the children that are at the center are orphans or for one reason or another do not live with their parents. My friends and I found out about the orphanages and decided to go look for them one day. It turns out there are two separate houses one for the girls called House of Grace and one for the boys named House of Joseph. What I especially found heartwarming is that they are owned by a Catholic parishioner from the church here in town. I never even realized it but the children that I see on Sundays at mass are some of the kids. So the day after we went to look for the house I went to church and they all smiled, waved, and said hello to me and it made me feel something that I haven’t felt in a long time. I really can’t explain it but I’ve been looking for a reason to stay in this town. I love it don’t get me wrong but a big part of me wants to do mission work and I’ve actually been wanting to do it since I graduated from HS but my parent’s never let me because they thought attending college was a more important thing for my life. I do wish I could’ve done it but there is no stopping me now. I know I can’t offer a whole lot to these children but whatever I can do for them I will. It’s a rather small group here in my town and basically all I do is go to the center and speak and play games with them. I also have helped some of the girls who are in High School study for their English tests. It’s really amazing because they actually want to learn versus my students who are being forced to learn. One of the boys is homeschooled and he self taught himself English. I think that’s really something. Although his English isn’t amazing it’s a lot better than some of my students. I just really love the feeling that I get when I see those kids. Especially on Sunday’s in Mass when they smile at me and give me handshakes (because I sit behind them). It’s not Korean culture to really give handshakes but they somehow knew that I would accept it. Ahh they are so cute lol the youngest is a 6th grader and the oldest is a boy who is already out of school and is 19. I hope to do more things with them and I plan on bringing them a bunch of things from my future travels. I really want to invest in some good English books for them to practice with too. So if anyone knows or has any good suggestions let me know. P.S. one of the boys loves Britney Spears haha they are too funny.
Well I think those are the big updates of my life. I am planning on going somewhere amazing this summer most likely Japan but it’s still in the works and also a bit of a surprise. I might just spin the globe and pick a place haha. As a side note there are only 14 school days left not counting weekends and then I have a 4 day summer camp. Oh July 27th come a little faster. I want to go on vacation already!!
Ok until next time and I’ll try my hardest to write more often!
I will leave you with a few photos down below of various things! Enjoy!
My Birthday! White cake is from my after school class student’s chocolate cake is from Adrian. Coincidence that I matched my party hat not a coincidence that my hair accessory matched my shirt ;) (The cake reads: Kimberly Happy Birthday Free talking)
Taught my kids something real American. Beer Pong. Minus the beer of course.
Class photo at the field trip. Can you spot why I took this picture?
My ex-crush’s class is rowdy but I still love them. The boy in the orange/red ran to find me to show me what a “sandwich” was and then threw himself on the pile.
Visited the infamous Penis Park in Samcheok. Pretty much what you see is everywhere hence the name. Totally normal.
Some of the kids from the center. 3 of them are extra special in my eyes. They were teaching me a Korean card game because I brought my deck of Puerto Rico cards with me to the center. The little boy in yellow plaid and I share a special connection as he got to second base within the first 20 minutes of meeting me (tricky little boy). I now call him my boyfriend. So sorry fella’s I’m sort of taken by an adorable kindergartner.
Here I leave you with some of my students who came over to my place and discovered my heels. Oh the joys of being 11-12 years old ^^