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Busy Times Ahead

I get the feeling I have bitten off more than I can chew right now.  I have a lot of free time right now, but I have been finding ways to fill it.  I just realized tonight that I might have too much to do in the coming weeks.  I am trying to finish up a few college courses from back home, that I should have finished before I left.  I really like teh courses though since they are both history.  My undergrad degree is in business but I want to get my master’s degree in history, so I needed a few more hours of history courses before I could apply.  So those are about to expire, and I have to take my finals soon.  I am just glad I finally found a proctor here in South Korea.

To add to that, I have enrolled in the Matador U writing program.  I like to write, but most of what I write nobody will ever read.  I want to improve my writing, and I have heard so many good things about the program that I signed up recently.  However, this is self paced, so it is not my #1 priority at this time.

Then on top of that I just enrolled in a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) course.  I enjoy my job and really want to improve my teaching.  The job market here in South Korea has recently gotten a lot tighter.  A public school program recently had over 1,100 applicants for about 150 jbos.  So anything I can do to better market myself is a major plus.  At this point I really don’t see myself going home for more than a short visit.  I want to stay in South Korea for a few years, and then possibly move onto somewhere like South America or Eastern Europe before returning home for good.

The last little item I have on my plate is some volunteer work.  It is not as time consuming as the other things I have going on, but it is something new.  Several of the foreign teachers expressed an interest at volunteering somewhere in Daegu.  At Christmas a restaurant downtown was having a toy drive for a local orphanage, so I got in contact with the restaurant and got the name of their contact.  That got the ball rolling and eventually we got things worked out.  Four of the teachers from my school are going to volunteer at the orphanage.  We will rotate week to week with some of us teaching the kids (elementary aged) English, and a few of us just playing games with them.  I think it will be a good experience for all involved.  I am looking forward to it.  I feel very fortunate to be where I am at this point, and I am glad I am able to give back to the community that has welcomed me.  It is only a hour or so every 3 weeks, but I will have to prepare a lesson for the kids as well.  So it is just one more thing to add to my plate.

I am actually excited about all of these things.  When I first arrived I was really bored since I didn’t have much to do.  Now I have enough to keep me busy for quite some time.  The best thing about each of these is that everyone of them will make me better in some form or fashion.  What else could you ask for?

‘Till next time,


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About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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2 Responses to “Busy Times Ahead”

  1. Candice says:

    Yeah, I hear you on being busy! Ugh. But I’m glad you signed up for MatadorU, you’ll definitely love it! And it’s aweomse you love your job so much. Let’s hope it stays that way.
    .-= Candice´s last blog ..Climbing the Stairway to Heaven at Ely Cathedral =-.

  2. admin says:

    I am excited about MatadorU. I finished my first assignment tonight but felt like a blind dog at night. I just didn’t know where to go with it.


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