In the weeks before moving to South Korea I became increasingly interested in Korean culture, and one of more popular religions in Korea, Buddhism. When a friend sent me a facebook event for a temple stay in Busan, I was ready to pack one very light bag! Temple stays are programs run by Buddhist temples that allow foreigners, or anyone, to stay overnight at the temple for a set amount of time and experience a day in the life of a Buddhist monk. A room, clothes, and meals are included, along with Buddhist activites, like 108 bows and meditation.
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
While I was preparing for my one year adventure in Korea in May 2012, my recruiter suggested
that I learn a little Korean and offered some helpful websites. I knew that learning a few words in Korean would be beneficial to me but my first encounter with the Korean language however, produced so much anxiety, that I was immediately turned off. “What in the world is this?” I wondered as I watched stick figures greet each other in Korean. Many questions filled my head. I felt overwhelmed and confused. I shut it off, calmed my mind and went on to do something else. However, this experience didn’t turn me off to teaching in Korea. I’ve been living and teaching in Korea for ten months already and though this is my second attempt at learning Korean, I’ve just about finished the alphabet and I am excited!
With so many mountains in Seoul, it is my goal to hike every mountain while teaching English in Korea. I've already checked off 11 on my list, not even halfway there, but I wanted to share with the rest of the world my experience. Excuse my horrible navigation, I still haven't been able to map out Seoul in my head, but I present to you, a glimpse of Gwanak San!