This weekend I received the opportunity to take part in a yoga and wellness retreat. Yoga classes, hiking, time outside and food were all in the books.
Korea can be a funny place. I went to work on Monday morning taught two classes and then was informed that the students had orientation so they may not come to class. This was okay with the teachers since it meant that we just had to check our classrooms to tell the three students that came to class that it was canceled. We had to check each class so the teachers stayed at school, but the funny part was that we then spent the remainder of the day on our balconies watching the students sitting on the lawn drinking Makkeolli and playing drinking games……and, this was totally normal. The only bad part was that there was a good amount of students who were either very hung over on Tuesday morning or did not make it to class.
Hello all! I’m pooped and ready for bed but wanted to show some very sparse pictures of the new office and apartment. Don’t judge because we haven’t fully moved in but with the moving, cleaning, starting work, and not having a hot shower in about five days…it’s getting to me. The bright side(s)….work is pretty cool so far and it’s almost the weekend, therefore I can’t complain (other than that bit I just did). And now for the meaty part of the post:
I hope to have our apartment set up soon to show everyone but it is a work in progress!
Here is an interesting video on the education system here in Korea. It is a good system but is quite crazy and intense.
It’s the end of the semester when we have numerous parties for the kids. We had a chicken party this Wednesday and I have mad over 100 (no bake) cookies for a cookie party today. The funny thing about a “party” at school is that anything can constitute a “party”. The teacher can give out the smallest piece of chocolate and then it will be a “chocolate party!”. Kyle passed out coins the other day to tape to pen pal letters to send to America and so that day was a “money party!”. It cracks me up how excited the kids get about things. I like their idea of turning anything into a “party!” and think I may incorporate this into my own life. Coffee Party(!!) anyone?!? I just woke up.
Here are some pictures of the Halloween celebration at academy. The kids liked seeing the teachers dressed up, making masks, and they especially liked the candy. I don’t think you can really transport the idea or atmosphere of a holiday to an entirely different place – it’s just too foreign of a concept for some cultures – but it was fun for both the teachers and students.
This is my hair today:
This is what the kids call “ddong hair”. I was just happy to be able to put all my hair up (and too lazy to do my hair….) But “ddong hair” is not a compliment. In Korean ddong means poop. So, yes, I wore poop hair to school today. Thanks to the kids for noticing! Happy Friday to everyone else!
The end of the semester is always a joyous time. Teachers get the kids all sugared up on junk food and candy so for once you could be all of the kids’ favorite teacher if you have the best goods. Buying pizza for the older kids goes a long way and cookies are always good for the younger students. It is a good way to end the semester and leave a good taste in the kids’ mouth for the start of the new semester (except for those fish flavored chips. They leave a really bad taste in your mouth.)
The end of the semester also marks Kyle and mine six month mark in our year-long contract. I know much more now than when I first arrived and am more comfortable in knowing how to handle kids and how to teach. The kids have both been a blessing and a curse. Some are cute, some are bratty. I imagine they are like children anywhere. No matter what the kids are like everyday I continue to improve on what I am doing.
Here’s some photos of the children I teach: