This past weekend, I was able to go to the Green Tea Fields in Boseong with a friend. I was actually a bit nervous since it’s been getting colder and my co-teacher said it gets really cold in Boseong.

We met at Sasang Bus Terminal at around 8:30AM. I found a blog a few days earlier that said that buses left every 30-40 minutes from the Terminal. However, buses must have been sold out because the next bus with available seats was at 10:10. It’s a 4 hour ride from Busan to Boseong and there are about 5 to 6 stops along the way.

The week before last, summer vacation started and I officially made it through one semester of teaching middle school in South Korea. I’m still in shock that time has gone by so quickly.

When I first heard I would be teaching at (two) middle schools, I was terrified. Everyone says they’re the worst grades to teach, what with puberty and their changing emotions everyday and simply, they’re just difficult. I came into the year thinking the worst, terrified about what was in store for me. Now, I’ve had time to be in the environment and it’s genuinely been a good time.

The last few months have been a learning experience for sure. I’ve learned what to do, what not to do, etc. And I know there’s even more to learn in this next semester as my year isn’t even finished yet. I won’t say I’m not nervous, but I’m more prepared for the challenge than I was in February when I could feel my body freaking out. So, I made a list of 4 simple things I’ve learned after 5 months as a teacher.

At the end of May, the annual Jeonju Cultural Heritage Night Tour (전주 문화재야행) was happening and I wanted to check it out. So, I asked some friends if they were willing to go, which they were (yay!), and it was set.

Taking the Express Bus from Nopo Bus Terminal in Busan to Jeonju Express Bus Terminal was about 3 hours. Not bad at all and the buses are so comfortable! (It’s around 50,000 won for roundtrip so about $43)

A couple of weeks ago, I went to Jeonpo Cafe Street with a few friends. We were looking for somewhere to eat before we found a cafe to spend the rest of the night.

Yes, yes, a whole month and I’m back to my blog. I’ve been trying to figure out what to write. I kind of wrote something about my first few days in Busan, but it got so long because so much happened and then I forgot to keep writing, because even more was happening and it was hard to find some time to sit down and write a blog post. But, I thought I’d post something now as tomorrow will be a whole month since I started teaching (technically I didn’t teach on the first day, but I was in the building)!

How Much Does It Cost to Apply for EPIK?

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening to anyone who stumbles upon this post!

In a few days, I will be on a plane to South Korea to start my life as an English Teacher. You might have already read my nerve filled post. I sent in my application around the second week of August (about 10 days after the application was open to everyone to start submitting). In October, I had my interview. Once I passed, my coordinator told me I would have to send him the documents EPIK required so that he could recommend me to MOEs/POEs.

MOE: Metropolitan Office of Education

POE: Provincial Office of Education

These required documents are already up on EPIK’s website, so if you want you can get a head start on it even before your interview since some of them can take awhile to get a hold of. Frankly speaking, this process can put a dent in your wallet especially if you’re already someone who tries to be frugal with their money. That’s why I wanted to write this post so that if you’re thinking of applying you can have some sort of idea of how much you might pay for each document. However, if you are sure this is something you want to do, go for it! Even if you don’t get placed with EPIK, I believe you can ask for your documents back. If you go through a recruiter and you’re not accepted, they can most likely help you apply with another program using the documents you sent in so you don’t have to pay for all of these documents twice. That is all information you would have to look into if that happens to you, but think positive in the beginning!

I’m Leaving for South Korea in 3 Days and I’m Not Sure I’m Completely Prepared

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening to anyone who stumbles upon this blog post!

As the title suggests I will be leaving for South Korea in three days, February 17th, to be an English teacher for a year (maybe more) with the EPIK program. Yes, the title is long and kind of dramatic and also screams ‘really now?’ because ‘Really? You’re not prepared?’ I’ve known since the beginning of December when I got my placement e-mail that the Busan Metropolitan Office of Education had accepted my application that I would be leaving very soon. Even when I held my contract in my hands over a month later, I was thinking ‘Yeah, this is happening. Cool!’ But, now as I pack my suitcases, clean my room, begin throwing clothes I won’t be bringing into a bag to be donated, I feel my heart racing and I’m not too sure this is real. Well, actually it’s more like I know this is real, but I can’t believe it’s real.