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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.

running, reading & really bad tv

Hi all! I should be out at the moment (it is 11pm on a Friday night – whomp whomp – go ahead and judge me)…but I have to work in the morning. Hopefully it is the last working Saturday I have for awhile. I just finished my 2nd week of teaching, well almost, I won’t consider it complete until tomorrow. I am adjusting to my new work schedule, although I have been staying up super late and sleeping in a bit too much. I don’t have to be at work until 1:30 or 2:30 each day, so it is easy to hit snooze for hours and hours. I need to motivate myself to get to bed earlier so I can have productive mornings…I will work on that next week. Can I still use jet-lag as a sleep-in excuse?


phobia.

Only a few people in the world, my closest confidants, know this fact I am about to publicly declare. It is not something I am proud of and it is a downfall I must work on daily. I can handle a lot of gross things, disgusting bathrooms, cleaning out the cat box, hearing from my mother about how I was conceived.  But there is one thing I just can't deal with.


Socks. Yup, those nasty things on your feet.

Rewards

For the past week and a half I have been entrenched in Winter English camp. To say the least, it hasn’t been quite what I expected. True, I only have nine students (a godsend considering I have upwards of 3o in my normal classes) and most of them are fairly high level, but thus far during winter camp I have noticed something that seems to have slipped under my annoyance radar until now.

My winter camp students are extremely obsessed with receiving rewards for every tiny task they perform–almost to the point where I can’t get them to do anything without promising payment in the form of candy, or some type of token that can eventually be redeemed for a prize.


Teaching from the Bottom of the Totem Pole #3:Truths

With just over two months teaching English in Korea under my belt, I’ve come to realize certain truths about my place of employment. A couple are probably native only to my school, but I imagine a few are fairly general as well. Either way, I’m no stingy bastard. In an effort to preserve these truths forever. I’ve decided to share.


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