01 September 2008

On an adventure

Well, today was the first day of the school year proper. I have spent literally the entire damn day doing nothing but surfing the Net and haphazardly staring at Korean vocab lists. Because it's introduction week, it was a half day and I have no classes here at 상벙, but I still have to be here all day.

Instead, 형식 and I spent the day mostly working out my schedule. It's difficult, since every teacher wanted to change it around a little. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I will be at 상방 - which is nice, because it's five minutes away from my place and I like it the most. Because I'm the junior English teacher to Jamie, I will be teaching the lower grades for a few months until she departs. I have first through fourth grades, teaching each class once per week. Tuesdays I will be at 북 and Thursdays I will be at 상암, but I really don't mind it since they have teachers picking me up every week. I don't even have to sweat trying to figure out the bus. That's very good, since working out the schedule of the express bus to Seoul took me like two hours.

I have 22 hours of teaching each week, my living expenses are about $60.00 a week (electricity, gas, and food), and I'm socking away a big chunk that I can use to travel. And I'm in what appears to be the most gorgeous city in a gorgeous country, learning a new language and a huge variety of new skills. I'm on an adventure, as my friend May recently and succinctly put it.


  1. I am actually really jealous. Going halfway across the world to teach English is the sort of thing you can only do in your 20's, and it is sure to bring experiences that will affect you for a long while after. It makes me want to quit my job and do the same thing =)

  2. I am so happy and excited for you. And very proud, as well. :)