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February 3, 2013 / haylierae1

Chungbuk it is!

Good day! I am pleased to update that I have received my placement in Chungbuk with EPIK, gotten all of my paperwork in, and booked my air ticket. Time no longer feels as if it is moving in reverse. In fact, it is on fast forward as I make my final arrangements. I am departing on February 14, for those of you whom can’t math that is eleven days from now. Even with all of the goodbyes, I am still filled with excitement and very little poignancy. I am most upset at narrowing down my wardrobe to two little suitcases. For those of you whom don’t know me personally, I am the reciprocation of a minimalist. Times they are a changin’! I have managed to narrow furnishings of a three bedroom house into two fifty pound bags. No, I did not consult the magical assistance of Mary Poppins either. Personally, I am quite proud of myself. *pats self on back* I’m off to continue to study all things Korean! Goodbye for now.

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December 6, 2012 / haylierae1

Hello all!

It’s Haylie! I am moving to South Korea to teach ESL (English as a Second Language) with EPIK (English Program in Korea) in February of 2013. I have had several people ask how I am going to be able to keep in contact with them while I am gone. I decided that starting a traveling blog would be the easiest way for everyone to see how everything is going for me.

I have been asked the same questions at least two dozen times so I might as well answer them here too:

Is your degree not in psychology? Why are you teaching English? -My degree is in psychology, but when the time came to apply for grad school or find a job I could not make up my mind. I have been looking into international travel for quite some time and could not decide how to go about doing so. In July I decided to get my TEFL certification in case I decided to teach internationally. I also did a year of internship in counseling settings. Personally I think that a teacher with good intentions can do just as much (if not more) for a troubled child as a therapist due to the ample amount of class time opposed to the limited time of therapy. 

Okay, so you’re going to be a teacher… why South Korea? -I began my search for where to teach about six months ago. The goal was to find somewhere to teach internationally for at least a year after graduation. The most economical and one of the most interesting cultures was South Korea. The benefits are great, and the more I study about the culture the more alluring it becomes. Great benefits- rich culture… I’m in. 

Are you not afraid? -I do not understand why I have had so many people ask me this question. Of course I am not afraid! I am quite excited for an adventure.

It was difficult to decide on which type of school to choose, but I ended up with a program that assigns teachers to public schools. There have been a few frustrating times while assembling my documents, otherwise so far I have had nothing but good experiences with the EPIK program and with my recruiters (EduCon). 

I look forward to my upcoming move and hope that my family and friends will enjoy keeping track of my journey in this format!

I’m going to end my first post with my favorite quote, because why the hell not? 

“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.” 

-Chuck Palahniuk, Choke