Orientation

What to Expect When You’re Expecting: Living and Teaching in South Korea

IMG_0093Throughout EPIK’s 9-day orientation, whenever anyone asked a question, the response always began with “it depends.” Regardless of whether someone was inquiring about school dress code, vacation days, or living arrangements, there was never one universal answer. As frustrating and annoying as these two small words got to be, I’ve seen how they also hold the most truth—and that’s after just a few weeks of living and teaching in Korea.


Hell Is a Stairway in Jeonju

by Das Messer

“Hell isn’t other people. Hell is yourself.” –Ludwig Wittgenstein

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Friends with Strangers – Orientation

On arriving at Incheon Airport, after going through immigration and picking up way, way too much luggage, you find yourself looking around for other lost (foreign) souls with equally as much luggage. We are all going to be in Korea for a year, no way we could stuff our belongings into just one bag. The comforts of home require space and a herculean effort to lift, roll and drag around the things that will be our lives for a long time. It’s worth the effort.

Before you have the chance to pass out on the bus to Jeonju, you look outside and see an expanse of sea and greenery cut by clean steel. I remember thinking that I really am 7000 miles from home. But in a cool, awesome,”woah, wth” kind of way.


How to Get a Job Teaching English in Korea

I know from experience that when you first start thinking about coming to Korea to teach English, it can be a bit overwhelming and confusing.  Watching all the videos, reading all the blogs builds up the anticipation and excitement of this endeavor.  On top of all that, there is a huge void of how to really get started, what you need to do, when to do it - basically how to get the job teaching in Korea.

A not so EPIK week.

 

I have been quite busy of late with my time torn between school, teacher training courses, sport activities and trips. A routine is something that has been missing from life over the summer and beginning of the autumn so far. Time has been littered with holidays, public holidays and enforced attendance events and the more enjoyable self chosen activities. Fortunately, most of this has been of the desirable kind.However,  it was inevitable that my body would eventually let me down and give into the germs spread by the legions of children that surround me five days a week.


Things to do… On arrival to Korea

If you are coming from India then the first thing you need to do is that convert your Indian money to dollars. You cannot direct convert Rupee to Korean Won while in India. If you are carrying huge amount then you can carry travelers check which can be en-cashed in any of the banks out here.

The day you land in Korea you need to do the following things:


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