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It’s not “goodbye.” It’s “안녕히 계세요.”

Goodbyes are always tough. But yesterday, during my last day as an English teacher at Ulsan Sports Science School, I experienced a whole new level of emotional farewells. Over the past year, I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by wonderful coworkers and enthusiastic students, all of whom consistently went above and beyond with their … Continue reading

10 EPIK Haikus

As my year with EPIK comes to a close, I find myself thinking a lot about the experience. Below are 10 haikus that reflect what I’ve learned while living, teaching and traveling in South Korea (though really they’re applicable to anyone teaching or living abroad anywhere!).   Being a teacher Requires kindness, patience And–JIMMY SIT DOWN!!!!     … Continue reading

Vlog Entry #19: The Countdown Begins

In just 34 days, my time in Korea will have officially come to a close! As part of the countdown, you’re invited to submit any and all questions you have about my experience this year! It can be related to teaching, traveling, living in Korea or anything else…within reason. Write in the comments section below … Continue reading

Hiking Mt. Jiri

A few weeks ago, as spring was just beginning to give way to summer, I took a whirlwind trip to Jirisan National Park in the south central part of the country. As South Korea’s biggest national park, it offers some amazing scenery and spectacular views! The only unfortunate thing is that there’s no major city nearby, … Continue reading

Expanding Vocabularies, Expanding Minds

When I think of a teacher, I imagine more than just a person giving a lecture in front of a class. I picture someone who, in addition to educating students, also acts as a coach, a mentor, a friend, and quasi-parental figure; someone who guides and influences young people on their quest to understand the world, the people around them, and … Continue reading

A Surprise Mother’s Day Visitor

It’s the kind of thing you have to see to believe: waking up to the sound of a mysterious knock on your door; turning over in bed because you assume someone has the wrong apartment; hearing the knock again and begrudgingly rolling out of bed; opening the door ready to give some random Korean person a piece … Continue reading

10 Things to Do in Seoul

1. Hike Bukhansan Located in north central Seoul, Bukhansan National Park offers a beautiful distant view of the city and surrounding mountains. We certainly had to work for it, as the hike took about 2 hours up and 1.5 hours down with frequent breaks, but it was worth it! Cost: 7,000 won one-way for a … Continue reading

New City, New Friend

This past weekend I went to Seoul to take advantage of the four-day holiday weekend! Tuesday, May 5th, was Children’s Day and my school gave everyone the day before off as well. I stayed at Bounce Guesthouse, which I highly recommend (clean, updated appliances/bedding, breakfast provided and decent, quiet location in Hongdae). Since it was my first … Continue reading

Vlog Entry #17: Hey Seoul Sister

I would apologize for the obvious song choice, but I don’t want to! ‘Couldn’t help myself!

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

April 4th and 5th, 2015 marked the peak weekend for cherry blossoms here in South Korea, which meant it was time to travel with Enjoy Korea to the small seaport town of Jinhae for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival! The roughly $30 registration fee provided us with timely and convenient transportation that dropped us off, … Continue reading

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