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 […]

It’s not that time of the year without … silly hats! (Daily Post Photo Challenge)

Show us the one thing without which your holiday season could never be complete.   Since leaving university, I’ve had three Novembers in the Northern Hemisphere, and three in the South. In South Africa, November means sun, water, smiles breaking through the ice. It’s putting away the blankets and stretching your arms to the high […]

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 […]

That time I met Ngugi wa Thiong’o in Wonju, South Korea

  When my friend Palesa Mgidi first shared the news of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o winning the 2016 Pak Kyongni Prize on Facebook, we speculated over whether or not he would make the trip to receive the award in person. Palesa and I, both English teachers from South Africa living in Daegu, decided that we couldn’t […]