La Boquilla Tour

La Boquilla Tour

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 | 2 Comments

Even though I’ve hit the ten month mark in Colombia, I’ve failed to really show you how wonderful my Peace Corps site is. Now is your chance to glimpse some important places in La Boquilla through the eyes of my 9th grade English conversation club. Last semester, I worked with this group of students to film a […]

Documenting my Peace Corps projects

Documenting my Peace Corps projects

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 | No Comments

[Hanging out with some of my adult students after class.] When I created this blog in 2011, I intended it to be a travel blog, but over the past few years, it’s merged into a travel/art/lifestyle/I-write-whatever-the hell-I want-to-write-and-that’s-why-this-blog-could-never-be-that-popular kind of blog. However, one topic I rarely write about is work. In Korea, I occasionally wrote […]

On teaching English conversation classes to Korean university students

On teaching English conversation classes to Korean university students

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

For the past two months, I’ve been a teacher’s assistant for two university English classes. These classes are not your typical mandatory English classes; they are designed for English translation majors–students who are devoting their lives to the English language. These students will be translators, interpreters and teachers. Particularly, these students should be the most enthusiastic about […]

Riding the white horse: On being foreign in South Korea

Riding the white horse: On being foreign in South Korea

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 | No Comments

KEVIN, my Korean co-teacher, had an idea for our open class. “Let’s make a motivational video,” he suggested. “I’ll ask, ‘Would you like some more?’ you’ll say, ‘Yes, please,’ and after we repeat this a couple times, you’ll stuff your shirt with balloons. When you stand up to clear your tray, you’ll look really fat!” “Really, […]

Goodbye Seokgwan Elementary School

Goodbye Seokgwan Elementary School

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 | 12 Comments

Goodbye Seokgwan Elementary School. Goodbye bringing toilet paper to work. Goodbye Cool Messenger. Goodbye empty office. Goodbye squat toilets. Goodbye deskwarming.   Goodbye four-story building. Goodbye barren playground. Goodbye English textbooks filled with mistakes. Goodbye Nami. Goodbye Jinho. Goodbye low-budget English videos.   Goodbye students who refuse to use punctuation. Goodbye Hello Kitty pencil cases. […]

Dueji and ‘Diet’ stamps: the importance of weight in Korea vs. the United States

Dueji and ‘Diet’ stamps: the importance of weight in Korea vs. the United States

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 | 13 Comments

“What did you do last weekend?” I asked my class of 24 twelve year-old students. “I played with these two pigs!” shouted one of the skinny boys, referring to two of his friends. His friend turned around and slapped him playfully on the head. Later in the day, I was playing a Powerpoint game with […]