12.06.2011 24 °C
My last few months have been both crazy and routine over on this side of the world. As I approach the end of my contract with only four months left in Korea I am strongly considering extending my contract until my kids graduate in March. These kids have become so important to me and I think leaving them will be the hardest part about leaving Korea. Doesn't matter how tired or down I feel in the morning, once I get to school it is a guarantee that my kids will cheer me up within minutes.
School continues to be crazy with one event after the other. I survived graduation where I was required to teach my students a dance to Mamma Mia. They dress the kids up in ridiculous outfits so they can show off their skills to their parents. Luckily none of my kindy kids graduated so I still see them everyday. Here is a video of their graduation dance as well as some pictures of the outfits.
Korea has strangely become my home over the past couple of months, and I no longer feel like a visitor here. I figured I would upload some videos I have taken over the past eight months to show you what my life is like here in Korea. Since most of you will never get to experience Korea, this seemed like the best way to share my experience. In this video my friend Sarah and I decided to walk around Jangsan to show everyone where we live.
Here is a video of little Annie. When I first got here Annie did not talk, there was nothing I could do to get her to smile or participate. After a lot of effort, she came out of her shell and now I have more trouble getting her to be quiet during class. She is five years old Canadian age and I absolutely love her. This video shows the kind of conversations I have on a day to day basis at school. Annie decided to show me the noises her dad makes while he sleeps. She then proceeded to tell me that he is fat because he eats many cookies and drinks many 맥주 (beer).
Every month I have to come up with some sort of dance for our birthday party celebrations, then I have to spend countless classes teaching my students. Even though I teach them the dance I still have to dance at the back of the room so that they can copy all my super cool dance moves. Surely I look ridiculous but there is no shame in teaching kindergarten, so we dance, we look ridiculous, and we have fun Here is a video of my kids dancing to Party in the USA.
This next video is of Sunny. Sunny is the class clown, he drives me absolutely insane but somehow remains one of my favorites. He is always telling the craziest stories about dragons and flying busses. The other day Sunny affirmatively told me that he was certain that vegetarians do not eat little boys. I tried to explain to him that no one eats little boys but he had a whole story to back up his theory.
So as you can see my life pretty much revolves around the kids I teach. When I am not teaching I spend my time exploring Korea, catching up on sleep, and recently lying on the beach. I am really looking forward to the next month... my dad gets here in mid July and we have booked an awesome trip to Beijing. I can't wait to finally see someone from home, it has been so long since I have seen family, and it will be great to show him around my home.
I miss and love you all xoxo