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Say What?! Episode 6: Maybe=Do it?

This week I posted a poll asking new EPIK teachers what topic they would like to see me cover in a Say What?! video. This topic would have been my last choice, just because it seemed to be the hardest to talk about. But I’m really glad the new teachers voted for this topic, because usually the hardest things to talk about are the most important! And this is a VERY important thing to understand in order to be happy here.


Coffee Pop: Coffee Flavored Soda?!

We filmed this video after a quick trip to the convenience store before getting on the bus to Busan! We often see new drinks and snacks in the store, and we want to start filming quick taste test videos! It’s easy to forget that things that seem “normal” to us now are actually really interesting to you guys, so we’re going to try to film more short snippets of fun stuff like this! Enjoy! :)



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Say What?! Episode 5: School Starts in March?

This episode of Say What?! Wednesday is about the school calendar in Korea. I’ve already posted the school calendar with all of the “red days” throughout the year, but in this video I discuss the big picture of the school year. It’s very different from the American school calendar, so it’s good to be aware of what time of year you will start working so you can plan accordingly. I’ve heard of quite a few teachers assuming that THEIR first day of classes is also the STUDENTS first day of classes, meaning they planned a lesson assuming the students didn’t know each other. But they may have already had an entire semester together! So keep all of this in mind to avoid having an awkward first class! It’s okay and encouraged to do a short introduction of yourself though. :)


Korean Public School Class Schedule

If you are curious about the schedule of a public school teacher in Korea, I’ve shared mine in our most recent video! I’d say that my schedule is very basic and ideal. The classes are in large blocks with 10 minute breaks in between each class. My afternoons are free to plan for the next days classes, and I am able to teach one extra after school class for some extra money. As you can see, I teach each class once a week for 40 minutes. This isn’t ideal, but I work at a big school and there are too many students to teach them twice a week, so this will vary depending on your school.

Your schedule can change by semester or by the year, also depending on your school. My first year at this school I taught only 5th and 6th grade, so obviously I taught them 2-3x a week. Then they decided they wanted me to teach 3rd and 4th grade as well, and my schedule changed to what it is now.


Korean Public School Office Tour

I found this old video from my phone and wanted to share it with you guys! It’s a tour of my old office from the first year at my school, during my school’s festival. I’m in a different, better office now which I will do a tour of in the future. But if you’re curious what your office may look like as a public school teacher in Korea, here’s a quick glimpse!



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Evan’s Hagwon Tour

Hello again! It’s time for another video!

I (Evan) work at a rather large hagwon in our little city in South Korea. It’s a big, four story building with many large and small class rooms. There’s even a huge, nice apartment on top. The hagwon sits half way up Obongsan, so there are great views from the roof and the windows on the upper floors. It’s across from a public kindergarten, named 해바라기, where I also teach – but that’s a story for another post!

Hagwon in Korea


Zen on a Bike, at a Temple, in a Stream and in a Bowl of Bibimbap

Some cynical person named “They” once said there is no such as a free lunch. Which, in the case of Tongdosa is true–unless you live in Yangsan.

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Located roughly two hours from the Yangsan subway station (by bike, the mode we took on Sunday) …


St Benedict’s Anglican English Retreat

Date: 
Repeats every 7 days until Thu Aug 25 2011 .
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 18:00

In partnership with The Order of St Benedict in Yangsan, bordering Busan and Ulsan, an Anglican English weekend retreat will be held in the beautifully secluded park-like grounds of St Benedict’s Convent from the evening of Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August.

The aim of the retreat is to gather the scattered expat English-speaking Anglicans of the area for a not to be missed opportunity for worship, education, and fellowship. However, we would also like to extend a warm welcome to other Christians to whom this would be meaningful.

The retreat will include reflections on the life and faith of St Benedict, and a full Sunday Eucharist celebrated in the convent chapel. We look forward to extending to you a warm welcome home at St Benedict’s.


Destination: Tongdosa (Yangsan city, Gyeongsangnam-do)


Above: 증장천왕 (Jeungjang cheonwang), or the deva of the south gate, guarding with a dragon.

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