Settling into Seoul

Settling into Seoul

My little workspace, March 14, 2016
My little workspace, March 14, 2016

After one week of living out of a hotel, I finally got to move into my new apartment. It’s a cute little studio, complete with a rain shower, a little storage, air conditioning, and a washing machine. It’s definitely enough for one person, but more than one could get crowded quick. My favorite part is the big window which allows me to see someone’s rooftop and a little patch of blue sky.

Moving day! First look into my little apartment, March 2, 2016
Moving day! First look into my little apartment, March 2, 2016
Nice little Kitchenette, March 2, 2016
Nice little Kitchenette, March 2, 2016
The washing machine...what in the world is what?! March 2nd, 2016
The washing machine…what in the world is what?! March 2nd, 2016
Cozy little bathroom, March 2, 2016
Cozy little bathroom, March 2, 2016
Controller to the hot water and heater. English, please?!! March 2, 2016
Controller to the hot water and heater. English, please?!! March 2, 2016

The first week of work was crazy and overwhelming. So many things to remember, so many classes to teach, and so many books to organize. I was excited to meet my new coworkers and move my trinkets and stationaries from home into my little workspace. The first two weeks of work were filled with observations of other teachers and learning the online system. Here in Korea, technology is king, and everything is run on digital systems. From taxis to restaurants to bus systems, you can find a computer system everywhere attached to everything—very different from living and teaching in Ghana.

A typical school lunch, March 14, 2016
A typical school lunch, March 14, 2016
The teacher's workspace, March 14, 2016
The teacher’s workspace, March 14, 2016

On my first day of teaching, my students overwhelmed me. I don’t have many young children in my family and this has been my first experience interacting with children so often, on such a regular basis. The 6 year-olds especially are very fluent in English. That was really surprising. Most of them can have full on conversations with me in English and their vocabulary is quite expansive. It is taking some time to build trust, but from my 6 year-old Kindergarteners to my 4th graders, most of them are really good, solid kids.

My sweet 6year-olds, March 9, 2016
Me and my sweet 6 year-olds! March 9, 2016

While teaching primary and elementary has brought some interesting challenges, I will be more than happy to head to Japan to pick up my teaching visa.  And next month, I’ll do just that!

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