Archive for August, 2010

Foreigner Registration

August 15, 2010
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The same process repeats itself in country after country; there’s always going to be some kind of bureaucracy. How easy it is to work with the system (or pay it off, depending on the level of corruption). Anyone planning to stay in the Republic of Korea longer than 90 days must apply to a...
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Bento Boxes, Blogging, and Baseball

August 11, 2010
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Bento Boxes, Blogging, and Baseball

I still haven’t been through a full week of teaching yet, but already, Korea is feeling markedly different from my Japanese experience. In Japan, AEON spent a week training us, getting us oriented, prepping us for any cultural differences that might arise. In Korea, I landed, took the bus over to my town, and...
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Why Do Foreigners Bail On ESL Contracts?

August 10, 2010
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Why Do Foreigners Bail On ESL Contracts?

Korea is haven for English speakers looking to escape the borders of their homelands and try working in a foreign land. Why? For one, it is one of the only countries to pay for instructors’ tickets going in and out. Second, like Taiwan, the salary is absurdly high given the cost of living. Around...
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Another Day, But No Dollars Yet

August 8, 2010
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Another Day, But No Dollars Yet

Today was a day of practicalities in my little Korean world. I say “my world”, because that’s really how it is in my apartment; when I’m here, it’s like the rest of the country doesn’t exist. I have my CNN, my internet, my English reading material… those Korean products just somehow materialized, but I’m...
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Arriving in South Korea

August 7, 2010
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Arriving in South Korea

I was waiting in Los Angeles International Airport, thinking of cause and effect. I live by it. If I hadn’t been turned down for jobs in NYC and San Antonio, I would never have gotten the chance to go to help in Haiti. I’m getting excited about Korea, but part of me feels like...
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7 Stupid Things To Do While Traveling

August 4, 2010
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7 Stupid Things To Do While Traveling

1. Express Your Anger This isn’t limited to anyone in particular. Don’t give the check-in lady a hard time because your flight just happens to be oversold. Don’t look ticked off in front of the security guard as you enter the metal detector. And, above all, do not yell at the immigration agent; you...
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