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Hitting the Wall

I was very excited about moving to Korea.  I did a lot of research, and I knew that it would be a great experience.  I came here for a variety of reasons.  I wanted to get some experience teaching since that is what I want to do whenever it is I decide to return to the States.  The pay and benefits are good, and I would get the chance to experience a new culture.  I could continue and list countless other reasons, but I will spare you.  However, like any new relationship the honeymoon phase will end.  I think that is the case for me now.

I have been in Korea right at 5 months now.  I still enjoy my job and where I live.  However, the honeymoon is starting to end.  I still look forward to work everyday.  When that is no longer the case I know it will be time to pack it in and go home.  But there are things now that wear on me a little more than they did in the beginning.  It can be difficult to survive in a culture with absolutely no common sense or logic, but I am learning.

I have learned to just go with the flow and not question too much.  There are teachers here that want to change everything, and that just isn’t going to happen in most hagwons.  They are a business first and foremost.  I simply look for ways I can make myself better in the environment I am placed to help the kids as best I can.  It can be frustrating at times, but it’s still a fun job.  The kids make the job.  There really are some amazing kids at my school and I am very thankful for that.

I think all that is needed is a little R&R.  I plan to get that in two weeks on a long weekend trip up to Seoul for some sightseeing and baseball.  It will be a nice getaway to recharge my batteries.  I don’t really miss home yet.  Of course there are certain things I miss (I will talk about this in a later post) but I can say I am really enjoying my time here in Korea.  I look forward to what the next 7 months (and hopefully longer) have to offer.  I think getting back into the flow of writing in my blog will help as well.  I need an outlet for my frustrations, excitements, and experiences and this is the place.

Have you ever hit the wall in some aspect of your life?  What did you do to get through it?  I would love to hear your experiences.

‘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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2 Responses to “Hitting the Wall”

  1. Candice says:

    It would bound to happen at some point, Eric! You’ll find a weekend getaway will do you great comfort. I plan to do the same this weekend. 🙂
    .-= Candice´s last blog ..It’s JUNOS Week in St. John’s! =-.

  2. admin says:

    You’re right Candice. It was bound to happen. I think it’s also a little draining when you hear nothing but complaints in the office.


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