This is long overdue, but I got my visa and am finally in Korea! You probably already knew that. I arrived in Seoul on Saturday at 5 pm local time. Then a recruiter met me and helped me get to the bus to Daegu, which was a 4 hour ride. I happened to meet another American at the airport who was also going to Daegu, so it made the trip a lot better. I got to my apartment at 11 pm that night. I’ll have pictures of my apartment up eventually, I’m still putting stuff away. Also, there’s clothes all over the floor because the floor is heated so when I put clothes on the floor, it’s like they just came out of the dryer. It’s wonderful.
My first day at work was on Monday and it was really awesome. My schedule is different everyday. There’s 2 different buildings for the school, one is for the Kindergarten program, and also has classes for after school (I work at a private school, so the kids go to regular public school first, then go to private schools to learn English). The other building just has classes for after school, no Kindergarten program. On Mon, Wed, and Thurs, I go to both schools, and on Tues and Fri I stay at the school with the Kindergarten program all day. On M/W/Th, my first class is at noon, and my last class gets done at 7:10. On T/F, my first class starts at 11:20 and my last one ends at 7:50. The Kindergartners go to school from 9-2:35, so they don’t just learn English. They also have math, science, music, and art. I teach all of those except math. I think I told some people that I would have a co-teacher who speaks Korean, so that’s how I’d be able to teach without knowing any Korean. I’m wrong. I’m with the kids by myself for all classes. The curriculum makes it really easy to be able to do that, and sometimes I just have to do charades. I’m called “Emily Teacher” by the students. I’m able to just leave the classroom whenever I need to without worrying that the kids will kill each other, so that’s pretty nice. I’ve had to leave the room a lot because I’ve forgotten something. On Tuesday I left the rooms a lot because I was trying to find a CD player. I don’t have my own classroom, but there is a teacher’s room and I have my own desk at both schools. Here’s some pictures!