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A Talk with an Asian Dad

Summer enrichment ended two weeks ago. I enjoyed my classes as always, although the commute, now that I’ve moved, was brutal. Not sure I’ll take it on next summer, but that’s a while away. 1,630 more words


          “The students were serious about studying but their eyes appeared dead.” (Se Woong Koo)  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/02/opinion/sunday/south-koreas-education-system-hurts-students.html?_r=0

I’m sure most people have seen it, but I decided to share this article from the New York Times because it’s something I’m dealing with right now.   303 more words


Teaching abroad is amazing, and I feel so fortunate to have have found the perfect marriage of my passions in life; teaching and traveling. I have experienced some of the most rewarding moments while teaching abroad, and I am excited about the future. 318 more words

Is this normal?

For years I’ve been setting my sights on teaching ESL in Korea. I promised myself that as soon as I graduated from uOttawa I would get a job and make the move. 465 more words

South Korea

My Last Day

It does seem an odd title to begin a blog with, but as this one is a post-experience/hindsight-written blog, it makes sense to begin at the end: My Last Day. 556 more words


Well, I was a kindergarten teacher for 5 minutes...

So, two weeks ago, my school imploded. The Korean staff (bus teachers, supervisors, cooks, lunch ladies) had not been paid on time for over 2 years and had not received their full salary in 3 months.   301 more words

South Korea

Introducing Expat Extractors, LLC

by Fred Colton

Hey you, over there. Yeah, you—with the hoodie and pit stained T-shirt, hunched over that convenience store ATM seeing if you’ve got enough in the account for a one-way flight back to the motherland. 915 more words