It’s Summer in Korea: Am I the Only One Withering? Over the past two summers, my brain bank has been accumulating what I believe is mounting evidence pointing towards the fact that Koreans do not perspire to any meaningful degree. Under scrutiny I would have to admit that virtually all of this evidence is purely anecdotal and would most likely wither under scientific review, but … Continue reading The Foreigners are Melting: Why Koreans Sweat Less and Smell Better
A Day in the Life of an English Teacher in Korea Have you ever wondered what life is like for someone who travels overseas and teaches English in Korea? I compiled a few YouTube videos that help answer this question. If you are already in Korea like most of our audience, it’s still fun to watch these videos and compare the vloggers’ lifestyles to your own. For … Continue reading What is an Average Day Like for an English Teacher in Korea?
Advice and Lessons for Non-Teachers Coming to Korea Although it often seems that the only foreigners you meet in Korea are either teaching English or are in the military, it should be noted that there are a few alternative routes to the land of the morning calm. I find myself in Seoul as a result of a decision made between my wife and I to … Continue reading Guidelines for Non-Teaching Jobs in Korea
The American Misconceptions from Back Home After returning home from teaching in Korea for four years, I’ve fielded a few questions from friends and family. I appreciate the honest questions and curiosity. Unfortunately, this has not been my common experience when out mingling or in the workplace. Once people learned I lived overseas, they were typically more interested in informing me of their “correct” misconceptions about Korea despite never owning a passport. … Continue reading 10 American Misconceptions about South Korea
A Foreigner’s Introduction to Korean Healthcare In the span of my thirteen months in Korea, the two most unsettling times I have been through were my two medical “events”. While picking up and moving to a foreign land is full of adventures – both intended and unintended – it is clearly understood that a nontrivial fraction of those adventures will involve some level of miscommunication. … Continue reading A Foreigner Meets Korean Healthcare For the First Time
Hey there folks, Oisin here. Yes, I know it’s a ridiculous name. It means ‘deer’ in Irish, but unfortunately no one can pronounce it outside of Ireland! So call me what you will. I’ve been called ‘Oh Shit’, ‘Ocean’, ‘Octopus’ and even ‘Washing Machine’ for some bizarre reason. I’ll be filling you in with regard to all things Korean this year! Right now I … Continue reading How Good is Korean Food… In Ireland?
It’s late July, the stagnant air reeks of hot, decomposing garbage and streets are dotted with rat filled cages. A child can be seen defecating next to a stall selling steamed buns. The buns are cheap so I buy enough to share. You know what stinks more than the residential slums in the heart of Beijing? Love. I left a tumultuous 11 year-long relationship … Continue reading Why to Avoid Love at all Cost While Traveling
The Teaching Gap between EFL/ESL Teachers and Korean Students The great divide between teacher and student is difficult to cross. Add different languages, cultures, and inefficient administrators and the divide appears infinite. This is the journey of an EFL teacher in Korea. I should know; I taught EFL in Korea for four years. I constantly racked my brain wondering what was going on inside my … Continue reading How to Teach Korean Students: Advice and Student Samples
Part 2 of 3 The Good I was not supposed to meet her like this, not while I was still in love with with someone else. Plus, my shirt read, “I’ll flex for food.” Yet, here she was, up close and personal. She’s dancing with me to what must be the worst electronic music I’ve heard in Korea — that’s bad considering I’ve been to at least … Continue reading Dating Expats in Korea: Advice from Someone Who Got Lucky
Special thanks to Michael O’Dwyer for his photography contributions. Please click here to view the rest of his photos from Korea Burn. For previous accounts of Korea Burn, please click the below links. An Account of Korea Burn 2012 An Account of Korea Burn 2013 Korea Burn 2014 Korea Burn 2014 was a success. Forget the controversy of eighty dollars. Everyone who attended the … Continue reading Korea Burn 2014: Burning Man Culture Takes Root in South Korea