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Question from a reader: summer camp jobs

A reader writes in:

On life in Korea and being a nomad teacher

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."

Source: "The Walrus and the Carpenter", by Lewis Carroll (text retrieved from http://www.jabberwocky.com/carroll/walrus.html).

Define nomad: a member of a people who have no permanent home; a person who moves seasonally in search of resources; a wanderer.

Question from a reader: attitude and integrity

A reader writes in asking about teaching and attitude - if you have a question about life in Korea, e-mails are always welcomes at chrisinsouthkorea AT gmail DOT com. 'C' writes:

Hi Chris,
I am super interested in teaching in South Korea. I lived there from 1987-1990 when my father was in the US Air Force. I have always been interested in returning to visit. It's only recently that I have given serious thought to working while in Korea. I have very fond memories of exploring many areas of Songtan / Pyongtaek city as well as the areas of Seoul outside of Yongsan Army Base. I went to school at Seoul American High.

Question from a reader: recruiters and pre-existing psychological conditions?

Author's note: if you have first-hand experience or knowledge about pre-existing psychological conditions, feel free to comment. You can use a fake name / handle in the comments if you like.

A reader named J. writes in:

Hi Chris,

I've applied to teach in Korea and I expressed interest in working for a public school. Do you know if there is a big difference between EPIK and SMOE? I'd prefer to go with SMOE because I'd rather live in/near a big city than in a rural location, but I think my choices might be a) go for EPIK in February/March or b) go for SMOE in August/September. I might have read the email wrong (I asked for clarification) but I'm curious if EPIK might be okay. I'd rather leave in Feb/Mar than later next year.

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