I am writing this to you from my cute little apartment in my new home of Uiseong, where life is pretty great! I can’t wait to show you some pictures of mine and Oli’s new cribs and to tell you all about our first few days here, but first I want round up our wonderful introduction into ‘The Land of the Morning Calm’.

Excited because of Oli's arrival!

Excited because of Oli’s arrival!

I mentioned in my last post that I was leaving for a class in ‘Survival Korean’ and this language lesson was just one of many helpful classes scheduled for us new teachers by EPIK. We learnt how to make powerpoints fun, how to successfully co-teach and an extremely catchy song about ice cream that I have already used in class! We learnt basic Korean phrases and made a start on reading the Korean alphabet, we created and performed our own lessons and we ate a lot of snacks!

The people at EPIK really thought of everything when they constructed our 9 day orientation, making sure to inspire us and to push us, but not to bore us. And they did a great job- even those who had taught in Korea before told me that they had found the training helpful. I know that as a newbie I gained a lot of knowledge, and experience too. Again, I am so happy that we didn’t quit during the application process.

Learning Taekwondo for 2 hours left me sore for 3 days!

Learning Taekwondo for 2 hours left me sore for 3 days!

And they not only taught us, but they fed us and they housed us and they befriended us. The food may have been cafeteria food but it was still a great way to try loads of new local foods straight away and I definitely can’t complain about my top storey hotel room! The staff themselves were so amazing and I have already been sent an adorable email from my EPIK teacher, who we all connected with in some way- she may even attend my birthday shenanigans next weekend in Daegu!

The girls and Chigan, our EPIK teacher

The girls and Chigan, our EPIK teacher

EPIK in so many ways!

EPIK in so many ways!

As I said last week, the orientation also gives you the opportunity to make instant friends! We had such an awesome time getting to know each other over cheap beer and Norabang (Korean Karaoke), both of which you can’t help but bond over. I cannot wait to visit them in their various cities, have them visit us in the country and take trips all over Korea together!

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Fish eye norabang fun!

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The most fun you can have in Korea!

Maybe the most fun you can have in Korea!

All in all, I feel pretty oriented and trained! Not to mention welcome here in Korea. And since arriving in Uiseong that hasn’t changed! More to come….!

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