All About EPIK


Samil Winter English Camp

A collection of posts about my experience as an EPIK teacher.


A Tale of Two Summer Camps
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How I spent my summer “vacation”.
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Classroom Decorating
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Making good use of my deskwarming hours with some arts and crafts.
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Sports Day!
Cute fourth grade students, waiting
My favorite day of the year!
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Sixth Grade Field Trip
Taking out the tour guide
A new school year, another field trip with the same group of students – but now as sixth graders! – out to the boonies of Ulsan to visit the Park Je Sang Memorial and Soo owang Temple.
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Winter English Camps
5th grade Winter English Camp
3 weeks of 5th grade overnight camp, 1 week of my school’s camp, and 2 days of my own special storytelling camp make for a busy winter “vacation”.
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School Festival
One of the highlights of my teaching year: the school festival. One hour of performances by each grade, featuring plenty of K-Pop, cute costumes, taekwondo, and other visual spectacles.


My 9-to-5
School Lunch
A rundown of a typical day in my life as an EPIK teacher.
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Getting Started, working over-time
My School's Food Market booth
My first month or so as a teacher, looking at some differences I found between schools here and those in the US, and working over-time at the ‘English Together’ festival.
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Culture Shock, part 1
Teaching weather and clothing
In which I scandalize a third grade class with pictures of swimsuits. Oops…
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My First Field Trip
Bulguksa Temple
After a few weeks of teaching, a field trip to Gyeongju with the fifth grade students to check out Seokgurum Grotto and Bulguksa. Another interesting cultural experience as I learn a bit more about Korean history, while impressing students with my arm hair…
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My Apartment
The view from my room during the day
The apartment provided by my school. A pretty classy place, if I do say so myself.
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Teacher, do you have a lover man?

Some of my favorite questions asked by my students in my first week of teaching. Kids these days…
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Orientation in Seoul
Noraebanging - with the drunken Koreans from the room next door
A few thoughts on my week-long EPIK orientation in Seoul.
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