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Saying farewell to my students

Saying farewell to my students

This month marked the end of my semester teaching my Kindergarten and Elementary School students. While it was hard to say goodbye, the last week of August was quite busy since it was the end of the semester, which meant fun days and lots of snack time! Here’s how we spent our last week together. As I’ve mentioned before, each month we take the Kindergarteners on a field trip to the aquarium, photo shoot, zoo, or whatever fun activity the…

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Time for Thailand

Time for Thailand

For the past several years, Thailand had been on my heart and mind. Seeing photos in travel magazines and hearing stories about the incredible country, I had been dying to see and experience the ‘land of smiles’ for myself. Finally, the opportunity presented itself this month during summer vacation. A whopping seven day break from work (a far cry from the two month break in the States, but you take what you can get, right?) saw me flying to what…

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Memorial Day Weekend in Busan

Memorial Day Weekend in Busan

After all the excitement of last month’s Rotary International Convention and the busy and hectic work week, I was more than grateful for Memorial Day weekend. This was technically the first day off we’d had since the school year began in March, and three months in, I was dying for some recuperation time. Rather than stay in my room for the long weekend, I decided to venture out to Busan. Busan, which was my first choice for living and working…

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Volunteering at the 2016 Rotary International Convention

Volunteering at the 2016 Rotary International Convention

Nothing prepared me for the amazing time I had at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in South Korea. When I took this job, I did not know I would be living and working in the backdoor of the Convention festivities. And I certainly didn’t expect to be a volunteer for the weekend! For newcomers to my blog, and Rotary International is one of the largest service clubs in the world. Their motto is “Service Above Self” and they achieve this…

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Time with my coworkers and students

Time with my coworkers and students

  The cool weather finally broke this month, and I was able to shed my winter boots and jacket for my Ghanaian dresses and sandals. I’ve also been able to get to know my school ‘team’ a little better. I like to think of my class and Korean co-teacher as a team. Sometimes I forget as I working, lesson planning and teaching that a lot is expected of my six-year olds as well as my Korean, co-teacher, and that we’re…

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Getting Legit in Japan

Getting Legit in Japan

March has been a month of firsts. My first month teaching in Asia, teaching primary and elementary school, living in a city, and many more I can’t even remember. Seoul is a huge city. Everywhere you turn there are people caught up in the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. There’s is no quiet place here but in my apartment, and even then the rucks of the outside world penetrates the think walls. The first week of school was…

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Settling into Seoul

Settling into Seoul

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…

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Arriving in Asia

Arriving in Asia

Arriving in Asia was an exciting experience. After the grueling 24hr flight From Columbia, SC to Chicago, to Tokyo and finally to Korea, I was glad to get off the plane. As fell in and out of sleep, I couldn’t help but wonder what new adventures awaited me in the orient and think about my friends in Africa I had left behind. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye when I left Ghana. I had returned to Ghana in the fall…

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