That time I did Story Time (and Adventure Time) English camps in Korea

  The past few weeks have been insane. I have set a new record when it comes to winter camp participation in Korea. I did four English camps in three weeks, and I’m still standing. What’s an English camp? you ask? In Korea, the new school year starts in March. At the start of January, […]

My semester at Kyungduk Girls’ High School in Daegu, South Korea

The Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education recently held a workshop and dinner where they invited Native English Teachers who were involved in special after-school projects to give a presentation on their work. Here is my complete presentation: Download the PowerPoint presentation Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for having me here tonight. I […]

My last post as an EPIK teacher: 5 things I’ll take away from the experience

  Goodness, last week I was an emotional wreck. (I was also very cold, but that’s besides the point.) I’ve already decided not to renew my contract and I’m all set to move to Seoul next year to pursue writing full-time. I’m all ready, you see, and then those kids looked at me with their […]

Dear new EPIK teachers: Everything is going to be okay (I promise)

It’s beautiful here, isn’t it? I remember it well; that first time I decided to move to Korea for an EPIK adventure. I was 22, fresh out of university, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready … “But, do you know where you’re going yet?” “No,” I waved the silly question away, “I’ll find out when I […]

Autumn in Korea: Take a walk with me (Video)

Have I mentioned that I really love autumn in Korea? The way the leaves change colour and crunch beneath your feet as you walk to school. People get giddy for spring, and I admit, I’ve had my fair share of spring fever, but there is something about autumn that makes me smile, a deep, inside […]

5 back-to-school tips for the new semester

September not only heralds in a newer, cooler season; it is also the start of the second semester in elementary schools in South Korea. I’ve compiled a list of five things I’ve been doing to prepare myself for the next semester, to make sure I am refreshed and ready for when the bustling boys and […]

Tribute to an Anonymous Ajumma: On losing my wallet in Korea

The minute I stepped off the bus, I knew something was wrong. I looked down at my red dress as if it held the answer and the lightness of my backpack confirmed my fears: My wallet was gone. Panic set in. I turned around to see the bus disappear down the street. I couldn’t stop […]

#SaveMe: Check out my high school students’ video on endangered animals!

For the past 15 weeks I’ve had the privilege of teaching a very special bunch of grade one high school girls. For our penultimate lesson, we explored the issue of endangered animals. The Sparkling Ladies designed posters and conceptualised, directed and starred in their own campaign video. Have a look! How I use my journalism […]

An EPIK soundtrack – 7 songs to help you cope with the stress of teaching abroad

  Let’s get real for a second; living and teaching in a foreign country can take its toll. No matter where you go, there will be days when your students and colleagues will feel unreachable to you, the language incomprehensible, the culture impenetrable. When these moments arrive, it’s important to remind yourself that: 1. Mama […]