Two weeks ago I went to coworker’s wedding at a wedding hall. I was a little annoyed at getting up early on Saturday, but the wedding was an interesting experience. It was a very brief ceremony followed by a buffet. The buffet was delicious! They had the “Best man” sing to the bride and groom. I even got to be in the wedding photo! Right in the middle actually…
The next weekend I went to Muuido Beach with some friends. Muuido Beach is right off the coast of Incheon. I took a ferry boat ride and then a bus to get there. It was alot of fun. I went swimming in the ocean, hiking, made smores at a bonfire, and slept in a beach hut. Also got to play some volleyball. I got a little sunburned, unfortunately.
As for my elementary school, things are going pretty smooth. I taught the song “Happy and you know it” to my fourth graders. They really enjoyed it. I have to prepare English week and summer camp. It’s been pretty busy.
I’ve been thinking about my future alot. I decided not to stay in Korea another year. I would like to travel and see some other countries. I would like to teach in Taiwan for a year and then maybe move to Japan. Living in Taiwan is very cheap, with the apartments going for 300-400 a month and food being dirt cheap. I also know my way around. It would be a much smoother transition then moving to Korea. I would have to work in a private school, which would have some wacky hours.
Anyway, three months left in Korea. I’m going to post some pictures now.
So today is my open class. I will have somewhere around 12 teachers watching me. Why? I have no idea. Open class in Korea is a surreal experience. It’s more like preforming a play then actually conducting a class. I have to memorize all my lines and rehearse it many times.
Anyway, I’ve decided to not stay another year. There are many reasons, but mainly because my school has changed drastically from last year. There are many things I like about Seoul, but I cannot fathom another year of teaching at this school. Another year of the waysheeks, camps and working with moody coworkers. I think I have gotten burned out a bit from teaching.
Also, living here I have been spending too much money, and haven’t been living very healthy. Also, the school only wants to give me one week to go home in the summer. One week? It’s a joke. Lately I’ve been staying late at my school, sometimes till around 6, and staying up to around three am lesson planning. Since the beginning of the new semester, my co-teachers now want me to teach my classes by myself. They really don’t help me teach, and then they talk about me behind my back. The kids are pretty cool, but exhausting. I really miss home right now. I sometimes wish I had never left my job at home depot. Wasn’t a bad job. Probably could have gone into higher management. Oh well.
I think my plan will be to finish the contract, and then head back to the states. I would like to apply for the JET program still, and with the amount of experience I have I should be able to get in. That was my original plan anyway. Unfortunately, If I did stay another year in Korea, I wouldn’t be able to apply for the program. I think I might go to graduate school for TESOL. job-wise, I could probably teach at local college. Anyway, after a year of teaching here non-stop it would be nice to have a break.
Today was the first day back to work. I took the bus from Gangnam to Nowon. It was alot of fun. I decided to take some pictures, because it was so crowded in the bus I had to stand in the front.
Thought I would take a picture on the way to church today. Had Japanese food again. Went home and took and a nap, then had the rest of the day to prepare for my classes. I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to be teaching tomorrow, so I prepared a simple review game.
Also, here are some pictures from the DMZ. Unfortunately I forgot my camera, so luckily my friend Danielle and her sister took many pictures.
It was so cold there. I feel sorry for the North Koreans.