Since I'm leaving South Korea in just one month (cry), I have been doing a little spring cleaning and decided that now is the time to post a video blog tour of my apartment. Along with the tour, I've included on some tips for moving out, specifically how you can reach out and sell some items to people who are just moving in.
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Packing up the two years of my life in Korea is extremely difficult. There has been so many memories in Korea that I am not ready to let go of. Lately, I've been reading a lot of articles along the lines of "things to do before you die, how to chase your own happiness, how to live life with no regrets, what to do in your 20s" and I realized that I am grateful for this opportunity I was given to move to Korea.
I'm home. Phew. That was a long flight.
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Well if you’re going to be an English teacher in Korea for a year, it’s helpful to know what you’re getting. All apartments for teachers will typically come with a bed (twin or full), a refrigerator, a washer, a television and a closet. As part of the welcome from my branch, here in Pohang, I also received two blankets and a pillow. Fortunately, my apartment also came with a desk. I’ve heard and seen where teachers inherit (and appreciate) items left by the last tenant. For example, a fully furnished apartment equipped with desk, mirror, alarm clock, microwave, and a few more goodies she was incredibly grateful for. Most Chungdahm teachers here will tell you that their apartment is small; it is true. However, even with a small apartment, you can still make good use of your space with a few adjustments and maybe some decorating.
I personally value a good space, both at home and at work. I find that I am more comfortable with the essentials, a plant or plants, books, a microwave and of course pots and pans. While I was fortunate to get a microwave with my apartment, this is not the norm.
I've learned so much since coming to teach English in Korea! Take some of my advise below:
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It’s been a little over 11 months since I’ve started teaching English in Korea with Chungdahm, and already my one year contract is coming to an end. I must say the time flew by. I remember before coming here, I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d get out of it other than a new experience. My friends and family assumed that I was going for fun and thought that it wouldn’t benefit me career wise. However, I knew there was nothing to lose and that there would be something to learn. In fact, teaching English in Korea has been more rewarding than I expected.
One of those rewards is public speaking. Public speaking was never my thing. Whenever I had to speak in front of a crowd, actually even just a group of people, I would get nervous, blank out, and have the voice of a chick. Teaching and speaking in front of a group of students on a daily basis, has allowed me to practice and become a better public speaker. Confidence can be heard through the projection of my voice and have learned to relax, take my time to collect my ideas and speak.
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Even though I am very happy with my new home here in Gwangju, there were a few adjustments that I had to make when I moved to teach English Korea. Here are five things that I had to learn to live without.
Before I came to teach English in Korea, there were a million and five questions I had in terms of how I was going to live. Although excited, I was very concerned about how I would adjust to living without things I was used to. There are things that happen in our day to day life routine that are not thought about, but just done out of habit. Three of the things that you can live without with over in Korea are: 1) Television, 2) Dryer, and 3) Car.
If I went back in time to talk to myself in the middle of university, I wouldn’t have believed that I’d be teaching English in Korea. Like most of my colleagues at my branch, we weren’t studying to become educational professionals. Since I am approaching the end of my 2nd year and my time in Korea next week, I’d like to reflect on some of the most rewarding things I’ve taken away from teaching English in Korea. I hope these aspects of life here will shed some light on what some are some of the more gratifying aspects of teaching here for those who haven’t really considered teaching English for awhile after university.
Nearly every block in Korea has a convenience store, and every neighborhood has a mini/super market. When I first got to South Korea to teach English, I had no problem finding these stores. The only problem was that their selection was limited. It wasn’t the Target or even the Ralphs I was used to back home. There had to be something bigger with more foreign selections. I was right!