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Giving Back

I have done a lot of thinking in the past year about many things.  I have thought extensively about how I would love to travel the world, about how I have seen a lot of the USA but there still remains a lot I want to see, and about how I can go about these travels while leaving a positive impact on those I come in contact with.  I am not a crusader looking to save people, but I don’t see the harm in giving back even in the smallest ways.  For a long time I had a negative view of people in general.  I was bitter and even a bit angry perhaps.  I won’t bore you with my life story, but it has occurred to me in recent times just how important family and friends are.  There have been a lot of people over the past few years who have had an impact on my life and many of them have no idea.  I feel truly blessed to be in the position I am in right now.  I live in an exciting place where everyday is an adventure, and I have an extremely supportive family even though I live thousands of miles away.  I couldn’t ask for more.

Now that I am in a good place in my life, I felt it was time to give a little back.  I always think back to the Coca-Cola commercial from a few years back that looked like a video game (see the commercial below).  It said to “You give a little love, and it all comes back to you.  You’re gonna be remembered for things you say and do.”  That is the attitude I am trying to take on for now.  I don’t want to be remembered as a bitter guy who was angry about things.  I want to be remembered as a laid back happy guy who loved life and those around him.  However, it’s easier said than done.

I have taken a small step toward being that guy I want to be remembered as by trying to give a little.  I don’t have money to give, but I do have time.  So, this past weekend I started volunteering at an orphanage, or as they call it here a children’s home.  A small group of us from my school volunteered to either teach these young children English or to go and play with them.  All of us just want to give a little back and brighten up the day of a kid who may be less fortunate than others.  I don’t know why these kids are at the home, but I have been told there are 14 of them in Daegu alone.

So last Sunday another teacher and I went to the home to teach the kids some English.  We had no idea what to expect, but I think I speak for both of us when I say it was an amazing experience.  There were 10 elementary aged kids who were eager to play and learn a little.  Since we didn’t really know their level of English, we were there more to learn about them so we can better plan for future trips.  The kids were amazing.  They were so energetic it was contagious.  We talked, with the help of a Korean volunteer, played, read stories, and even colored some pictures.  I learned a lot from them, and hopefully they learned a new word or two of English.

This was no Earth shattering development.  It was simply two expats wanting to brighten the day of some kids. I think we had an impact on the kids, and the kids definitely had an impact on us.  I cant’ wait for my trip next Sunday.

It’s not a huge time expendeture on our end.  We go for an hour a week, but in that short hour we get to see 10 kids with the biggest smiles you can imagine.  That in itself is priceless.  I look forward to my future adventures with the kids.

‘Till next time,


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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6 Responses to “Giving Back”

  1. Mom says:

    I enjoyed that, Eric. Keep writing.

  2. Laura Goodwin says:

    I live in Deagu, and I would really love to get invovled and do something like this. could you please give me a little more info or contact numbers. kind regards

    Laura Goodwin

  3. admin says:

    I will email you my contact’s email.

  4. Laura goodwin says:

    Hi, I still haven’t had any contact. I’ve been struggling with getting anywhere with the volunteering any help would be great.



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