orientation is a bore and boys are tall
So the past several days have been (and the next few days will also be) orientation. It’s been a busy few days, I’ve ventured out and about with Reed, Buddy, Jannette, Helen, Riley, Erica and Kim. Small walks to the convenience store, taxi rides to the center of the city and lotte mart.
I haven’t been taking as many pictures as I want to so I’ll have to work on that.
We finally picked subjects and met co-teachers. I’m so happy to see Geurin again, she’s so beautiful and I wish I was at camp with her. I also got to reunite with Danny, Sarah and Eugenia. I’m teaching art at middle school, my co-teacher is this cute slender girl whose name I keep forgetting…so I feel terrible. Also I didn’t want art but I also didn’t feel like getting into conflict with anyone over the booth I wanted…seeing as to how I lost the will to do a lot of things within the past few days.
There have been some awkward tension, at least that’s how I interpret the feeling for myself, going on and I thought about it so much I literally worried myself sick and had a really bad…splotchy…and icky day…a few days ago.
My health isn’t so great right now so I’m trying to drink more vitamins.
The auditorium orientation is taking place in is disgustingly hot and humid…like sickly.
I’ve been spending a lot of time with Helen because I haven’t seen her in two years and we’re at different camps. We’re on each other’s “best friend tier” of friendship so it’s nice to be able to sit, talk and hang out again. Kim is super cool and beautiful. I’ve also been with Riley a lot, she’s my comfort. Eddy is my daily laughs, and Jeff is my daily giggle (he’s our “super cute old guy”).
One of the boy co-teachers at my camp is super tall. 6.2 feet…I don’t even reach his shoulder.
I guess things have been going alright, hopefully my future days will be better.
Omg I’m in Mokpo, Jeollanam-do, South Korea right now.
So I got the airport on July 17th at 4:45am for the 5am meeting time I designated, after getting everyone in order and getting through some ticket complications we waited for our 7:40am flight from Sky Harbor to LAX, Upon arrival at LAX we walked to the International Airport and with our 4 hour layover sat around and hung out before our 1:30pm flight to Incheon!
It was a pretty rough 12 hours of sitting around. I conversed with the boy who sat in the window seat of my aisle because to our luck, no one sat in the middle seat so we shared it as more leg space.
After arriving, going through customs, and getting our luggage we went through and saw the rest of the Universities participating in English camp this year. It was great to see Danny, Sarah, and Eugenia from PSU!.
Knia was at the airport too waiting for us! And Helen and I saw each other for the first time in 2 years! We hung around for a while waiting for the buses to come take us to Mokpo. It was an incredibly rough ride to Mokpo, most of us were already physically and mentally exhausted from the 5am call time and 12 hour flight…it took us about 5 hours to get to the Mokpo Football Center. We arrived after midnight, insanely tired.
Fortunately the rooms are nice with private bathrooms and quite a fair bit of room. While some of the boys and Kim went out to downtown Mokpo Helen and I hung out and talked until the sun came up…5am! We had no sleep at all! Then we wandered around the premises to find a good place to take pictures of the sun rising. We found a nice walkway and fooled around with our cameras…it is now 7am July 19…I haven’t slept in over 24 hours haha.
It’s been really fun so far and I’m loving the camp assignment so far! I’m really sad that Erica isn’t in the same camp as me :( But we’ll Kakao each other!
Today is a bit of a free day and tomorrow is the official start of orientation. My shoulders are really sore and I’ve got some bruises. I hope that the coteachers are nice and that we become good friends like last year.-
For some reason or another, either knowingly or by no other choice two individual participants, a girl from North Carolina, and a boy from Illinois has become our responsibility for the Korea trip.
Few more days before I head off to Korea to teach English at 전라남도 영어체험 캠프 for the second time (July 17). Last year was a really fantastic and interesting experience so I hope that this year will be equally as exciting and if possible, more enjoyable.
I’m really excited because after some idea tossing to the Korean government (as a co-leader of the group coming from my University) we convinced the Jeonnam Government to take us to the Garden Expo at Suncheon Bay this year. Last year they took us to the World Expo as well as the Garden Expo preview.
This year I’ll be bringing my Canon T3 once again, however this time with a different lens. Instead of my 18-55mm lens I’ll be bringing my new 50mm 1.8/f lens this year (perhaps my 18-55mm will tag along as well depending on how packing plays out). I really regretted not bringing my instax25 fuji film polaroid last year so I’ll be bringing that with me as well for some fun unique polaroid style shots. Those will be extremely limited though as film is expensive and I’m only going to bring 30 shots with me for the month long duration of the trip (1 shot a day?).
As days in Seoul are limited to maybe 2 to 3 at maximum before departing back to the States I have to plan my time accordingly. I really hope to be able to visit Hongdae, Myeongdong, and Gangnam (가로수 길 specifically). If time permits then Idae as well though I spent a lot of time there last year.
I didn’t get to try out street food last year, very much to my dismay, so I fully intend on quite possibly stopping at every single street vendor and trying one thing out at each.
Jeollanam-do is beautiful and I can’t wait to go back. I hope my students this year are as kind and loving to me as my students last year were (some of my students last year still facebook, email or send me kakaotalk messages).
I’m so excited to see my friend Helen who has been in Korea for the past year, Geurin (my favorite 언니) who was one of the co-teachers at my camps last year who is teaching again this year, Rock오빠 who was my co-teacher at both camps last year (he won’t be teaching again but if I manage to visit Gwangju sometime during the trip he promised to meet up with me), and Knia whom I haven’t seen in 2 years but is doing a home stay in Korea right now~
So things have been pretty stressful taking care of everything for Korea. I’ve tried to calm myself down and think logically.
But 15 more days until I’m off! SKY HARBOR to LAX to INCHEON.
One month of teaching amazing (hopefully, my kids last year were amazing) kids in the country side, making new friends and roaming around Seoul for a short 2-3 days before coming home August 19th to start my senior year of University on the 22nd.
It’s a goal this year to actually update during my trip. I got really caught up in everything last year and didn’t update haha.
Rock 오빠 commented on my profile picture saying “Aimee. Long time no see” so I posted on his wall~ he promised to meet me in Gwangju if I go there (hopefully!) and Geurin 언니 is doing the camp again too! Ahh!!! And in her hometown!! (▰˘◡˘▰)~♡ I can’t wait to see them!
Some of the middle schoolers from last year’s English Camp (specifically Dongbin) added me to this group Kakao chat of over 30 people at it woke me up…and it’s funny how I’m described as “Sandara Park hair”, “Giraffe hair”, or “Ah, wae” teacher lol.
I was surprised by how many people showed up at the information session this morning for the Korea program. Especially since it’s not required and was a make-shift thing set up by four of us past participants who just decided to organize the program after it fell through with the Uni.
And we have like 6 past participants who are trying to see if they can jump in on the program now which would be super fun cause they’re all really great people.
It’s sorta funny cause I knew everyone’s names just because I’m always on the facebook group answering questions and sending out mass emails.
But I don’t think everyone is really friends with each other (I didn’t see much interaction amongst the group) so for our July pre-departure flight meeting we’re gonna make them get to know each other. We’re going to a foreign country together…BE FRIENDS!!!!
I don’t know but this message from Sarah who participated in the program for the past two years (unfortunately she won’t be this year) made me feel a little better. She was so nice enough to offer to help us all out when she found out that the program was cancelled and that we had to manage it on our own. I worry because I’m sure I come off as overbearing, authoritative and possibly bitchy on the facebook group so this made me happy.
So the Korea program got cancelled through ASU.
Through a unified decision among the leadership within the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), the School of Politics and Global Studies (SPAGS) and the Study Abroad Office (SAO), we write to inform you that, unfortunately, the Teach English in South Korea Program is being cancelled for this upcoming summer.
However we can still go independently without university affiliation straight through the Korean government so I’m still going to go. I think it’s great that a lot of the other participants still want to go as well and apparently it seems like I’m now going to spearhead this group to go without the university.