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People who travel abroad to teach English do so for many different reasons. Some are paying off debts, some want to learn about a culture they are interested in, some want to meet someone, others for the increasingly popular "gap year" experience. The list goes on.
My students don't love me anymore. I'm ok with that...I think. But apparently they've grown tired of interviewing me for their newspaper club. So much so that they asked me to bring in a new ME to feature in the school's newspaper. It's a tough transition, but I'm managing.
If you know about teaching English in Korea you'll know that the sight of more paperwork to a student is like Kryptonite.
So this was a frustrating time for me in the classroom. My school finally swapped out the dead PC for another computer and it seemed to be working fine until about the end of last semester - around December 2012. It started moving at a snail's pace and I pretty much couldn't do a dag nabbit thing with it. A simple task like playing an MP3 was too much for it.
All you have to do is ask around to teachers in Korea about their computer situation and you'll likely get the same answer. They're BEAT! I was not left out of this either. For 4-5 months of my first year I sat in the back of the classroom to use the even older computers to check email and whatnot because the one at my desk was shot. That meant I couldn't do anything for lessons other than worksheets.
Now I don't know your opinion on any of this, but I certainly had my reservations about bringing alcohol to school. Not only would it be my place of employment for a year (now going on two), but it's also a place full of little kids. I just didn't feel comfortable with the whole concept of showing up with some whiskey for the school principal the first day. I certainly wouldn't do that in any other workplace, so why would I do it in a foreign school of all places? It sounded a little absurd to me, and it really is.
When I was preparing to come to Korea, one thing I heard a lot about was bringing a welcome gift for the school that I would be assigned to. The only problem was - what should I bring? As I did so often, I read all the blogs and watched all the YouTube videos to get opinions on this topic. There were many ideas ranging from bringing nothing to bringing a bottle of booze!