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The Glass is Half Full (of BS)

"You're so positive! You really have a bright outlook on things!"

So say coworkers and acquaintances, but it's not something I ever really considered to be one of my defining personality traits. Sarcastic, judgmental, with a tendency to complain-- yes, yes, and (according to my mother) yes. But positive, glass-is-half-full gal? Is that really me?

Well, yes and no. Living in a foreign country is a lot harder than you'd expect. Things that should be easy are difficult, every little chore seems a bit more exhausting, and it's easy to begin to feel beaten down and victimized. When your class is canceled, or a taxi driver won't stop for you, or the store stops carrying that familiar brand from home, it's so easy to take it personally, to feel that your school or the country or even the world is against you.

In the Country

I've had a rather enjoyable week, despite the humidity and the MERS scare. Actually, as horrible as this probably sounds, I'm feeling rather thankful to MERS. For one thing, there's soap in the school bathrooms for the first time since, well...ever? I guess people are actually washing their hands now? It's a miracle! Also, since parents were freaking out about it, my school decided to close for 3 days, because allowing students to roam freely around town is somehow safer? One way or the other, teachers still had to come in, though it still felt like a bit of a vacation.


Improving Relationships at Your School

I'm closing out my first year teaching ESL in Busan, South Korea.  I've been really blessed to have a great group of people to work with at my school.  However, not all teachers can say the same thing.  Many foreign teachers struggle with their relationships with staff and students and there are many reasons why this could be happening.


o  There could just be bad chemistry between the foreign teacher and others. 
o  Some co-workers may be having an off day or week.
o  They may not "fit in" with the school's social culture.
o  The foreign teacher may be horrible to work with.


In any case, I can safely say that there is one way to help improve on your relationships at your school, whether it be in South Korea, China, Colombia, or the Middle East.

This video has my tip.

Renewing EPIK Contract to Teach Another Year

It's hard to believe that's it's been close to 10 months now teaching English in South Korea.  The time has literally flown by and I don't know where it went.  It's been an incredible time of learning, reflecting and great experiences.  Not to mention new friends that will last a lifetime.  Because of all the free time I have, I've been able to do things, see new places, and experience things not available back home.  The longer I stay though, the more it seems I want to do but the time is quickly fleeting.  That's why I decided to stay at least another year.

In this short video clip from my Youtube channel, I describe the things you will need should you choose to renew your contract as well as the benefits of staying.  If you haven't yet come to Korea - you're missing out and I hope to see you here.  If you're staying, great move.  Here's to another great year!

Teaching English in Korea from 2 Veterans of the Game


Today is Korean Memorial Day so me and some friends decided to hit the beach and have a relaxing day. Both guys are ESL teachers and have been at this for a LONG time. I always like talking to people like these guys about teaching because there's no end to the amount of information and perspective I can get from them.
Dominic actually runs his own website for everything surrounding teaching in Korea from documentation, visas, jobs and freelance writing. Check it out: http://domscafe.com/

Alien Bees and Deadly Force in Korea


For those of you thinking teaching English in Korea will be a sane and organized experience all the time should watch this video. My morning math class quickly took a turn for the worse on this particular day...
In case you're wondering...it was just a toy!

Funky Cool Water Fountain in South Korea

Some ESL teacher friends met for the opening weekend of this fantastic water fountain show at Dadaepo Beach in Busan. It's much more impressive in person, but this will give you an idea of how cool it is.

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