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It’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog. Not due to the lack of images or experiences, but for the lack of time. It’s been such a busy but incredible summer full of great experiences and friends.

Summer for most English teachers means vacation. Summer for my village equals one of the two busiest times of the year. Because it’s vacation for all the schools, many of the kids are sent to English summer camp. It keeps me on my toes as our place is hoping with over 600 students some days.

Here’s a few snapshots of what I’ve been up to the last couple months.

Talent Show…

Each summer camp session (every 10 days), the children are able to perform in a talent show. The teachers are also welcome to perform. 6 teachers performed a hip hop dance for the students. Here’s the image of our crew.


Students waiting for the show to begin…



We’ve had 2 teams from Russia come to our village to learn English. I became good friends with one of the teams as they were here for 2 weeks. Their fresh, bright, personalities were such a joy to be around.  It’s been fun keeping in contact with a couple girls as they’re back in Russia.


One of the classes I taught them was Storytelling class. They had to learn to use their facial expressions and voices to express what they were feeling. We played a game where 2 students had to compete who could express each emotion the best. I was in tears from laughing so hard.



I also had ESL classes with the students. One of their assignments was to write about their superhero. 4 boys wrote about their hero being a “Speaker Breaker”.


Here’s why…


Students are woken up every morning at 7am by the same loud music blasting thru the speakers in their room. After 10 days of the same PIERCING music the students were begging me to come and break the speaker. Since I couldn’t do anything to change the situation, they made up a super hero who would be their “Speaker Breaker”.


My speaker breaker boys…you can tell they were serious about their heroes.




Here’s the whole Russian gang. First one was a nice one for the camera. Next one showing their true characters…that’s more like it.




We had a weekend where University students came to our Village. To be honest, I was a bit intimidated at the thought of teaching English to students that were the same age as me or older. Surprisingly, I loved every minute of it! They were so enthusiastic and eager to learn.


Playing a team game…


Swimming with University students…check out the size of our pool! I know your jealous!

And yes, in Korea, you are fully clothed when you swim. WHY you may ask?

2 reasons:

1. Koreans are extremely protective of their skin from the sun and

2. They think the dark skin we Westerns love is hideous. Even when it’s 90 degrees and you’re dripping wet just standing outside, the Koreans will be covered from head to toe in long sleeves just so the sun won’t touch them. Don’t believe me, look at the lifeguards in thepictures with the kindy swimming. Long sleeves zipped up to the neck in 90 degree temp= agonizing.

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