Despite all the hassle that came along with applying to EPIK (a government sponsored program) as opposed to going the Hagwon (private school) route, I have to say, so far, it's been worth it ten fold. The orientation was super well run, and super helpful to 1) give us some tips and hints about the year ahead 2) to meet other NSETs (native English speaking teachers) and 3) to get over jetlag.
I'm finally in my district now, in Gangseo (
안녕하십니까 (the formal way of saying hello)
|Field trip with EPIK-SMOE to Changdeok Palace, Seoul.|
|Deongdaemun streets at night.|
|Teacher and students greeting each other in Korean fashion--with a bow.|
|Iman, an awesome fellow NSET from Chicago, and me on the last day of orientation before meeting our co-teachers.|