Last day of Korean elementary school

Wow…it’s my last day being a Native English Teacher at Jincheon Elementary School.  I’ve been cleaning out my desk, recycling files, and writing a welcome note for the next Native Teacher who starts in a couple of days. 

It’s really surreal.  As the old adage goes, “time flies.”  And I think when you are living in a foreign country (and enjoying the experience), I think times flies even faster! 

My teachers are so cool.  I come to school this morning and they are waiting with a cake (an unexpectedly delicious sweet potato cake), matching couple’s t-shirts for Micah and me, and some awesome Belgium chocolates (from the P.E. teacher who just went to Europe for his summer vacation).  I am really going to miss them.

Although we come to Korea to help teach English to students…really, I feel I’ve been most beneficial to the Koreans who are more my age.  I can tell a dramatic difference in the English fluency and confidence of the teachers I sit with every day.  And I hope they can feel that for themselves as well. 

Micah and I have been ridiculously busy the past few days.  Packing, moving, dealing with administrative issues (to put it nicely), goodbye dinners, and even an overnight trip to Seoul to be instructors at an orientation session for new EPIK teachers.

We’ve been running around like crazy (hence lack of blog updates), and still will be running around like crazy for one more day…but then…we say goodbye. 

I can’t say it enough that this experience has been one of the best ever.   Annyeong!!

2 Responses to “Last day of Korean elementary school”


  1. 1 Kellianne Bennett February 6, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Hi, my name is Kellianne and I’m currently applying for a teaching position with EPIK to start this August. I came across your blog from the Strange Lands website. I’m at the point in my application where I’m writing my personal essay, and I’d appreciate some advice from someone who’s been through the process. Specifically, what do you think is the most important thing to emphasize in the essay (educational philosophy? thoughts on cultural diversity? reasons I want to teach EFL)? I’d also like any other advice you’d be willing to share about the EPIK application process. Thank you very much in advance for your time!

  2. 2 Nathan June 5, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Hello, how did you like teaching in Jincheon. how was the surrounding area for tourism and exploration. My wife and I was offered a job there and we are thinking about taking it


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