Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Basics

Let the blogging begin!

Sorry for the hiatus.  Its been a hectic time since I've arrived in Korea.  I'm not going to try to tackle everything with this first post.  Just some basics...

My Job
Its GREAT!  My school is far better than I ever hoped.  I have a wonderful director, wonderful co-workers, a wonderful schedule, and most of all, wonderful kids.  I really don't work all that much.  3 days, I work from 10-7 and 2 days I work from 10-2:30.
Everyday, I teach Kindergarten in the morning.  Then on the days that I go until 7, I teach elementary.
My kindergartners are the most advanced in the school.  I really don't feel like I'm teaching Korean kids English, I feel like I'm teaching kids.  As 6 year olds, they are already writing paragraphs!  Ok, not very well.  But still!  They are adorable, and I'll have many more stories, I promise.
My elementary kids are anywhere from 8-12.  These are kids that come to my school after their normal schooling (and then they go somewhere else after my class, too!).  I teach them Reading, Writing, and Science.
 My Kindergartners in the Library
My Home
Yes, at first, I was supposed to live in a hotel.  That changed.  It turns out that the hotel only had room for 3 teachers.  So, I got put in an apartment.  I'm happy with that.  Of course, there are pros and cons.  But in all, I think I have a better situation.  Its actually a pretty nice place.
                    My place is top window             
So far, Koreans are AWESOME.  I'll have more specific examples later, but in general, these are the nicest people I've ever met.  It really seems like they are genuinely happy, pleasant, helpful, curious, and fun people.  And that's not even mentioning how GORGEOUS they are.  Beautiful women here.

Ok.  There are the basics.  My goal is to take more pictures in the future and tell more stories.
A view from my school.  Daegu Stadium