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.
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.
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.
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!