PERFECT FIT

I’ve never had a job where my skills gained from past experiences complimented each other so well. Until now that is. I’m even more convinced teaching English in South Korea is the perfect fit, was the right next step to take. I know many of you reading this would also fit perfectly. The recruiter in me wants to share this incredible opportunity with you. Please consider coming.

Serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer planted the love I have for teaching in my heart. I’ll never forget my students in Guyana, South America. They’ve impacted me in ways they’ll never know. I can only hope I’ve done the same for them. And through my experience instructing persons with disabilities, I learned valuable, inclusive methodologies to use throughout the rest of my teaching career.

Most importantly, Peace Corps taught me the necessity of collaboration, how to gain respect through equal exchange. It’s impossible to do much of anything without the partnership I’ve developed with my Korean co-teachers. Sharing ownership of a classroom can be humbling at times, but shame on any Guest English Teacher that enters their school riding a high horse. I hope they fall flat on their face if they do.

It’s easy to match a degree in communications with most job descriptions. However, since I focused on electronic media/broadcast journalism in college, I have an advantage in the EFL (English as a Foreign Language) classroom. I was trained to over-enunciate every word, to speak slowly, clearly, and to keep sentences simple, short. Since my co-teachers found out I worked as a radio announcer for several years, they’ve had me record all the English voiceovers for audio portions on exams. EBS (Educational Broadcasting Station), here I come!

Perhaps the best part of my job is the fact that I’m able to use my (almost) awesome dancing and singing skills during class. Being a camp counselor at Flathead Lutheran Camp, and a Youth Encounter teamer prepared me for such English jingles that coincide with the school’s curriculum. Just wait. I’ll record a session so you can see how tragically cheesy they are. Fortunately, I’m very good at being tragic, and I really like cheese.

I’ve never had a job where my skills gained from past experiences fit so perfectly together. I get to be a big kid, a broadcaster and a teacher—all in one—and every day. I know many of you reading this would also be a perfect fit to teach English in South Korea. The recruiter in me wants to share this incredible opportunity with you. Please let me know if you’re interested in more information about EPIK (English Program in Korea), or even Peace Corps.

4 comments :

  1. Anonymous1:32 PM

    You melt my heart! I love it! Also... I'd like to update you on a crazy goal/adventure I have discovered over the past week... it's still in the process but I hope we can talk about it! I love your blogs! I wish I can keep up mine like yours!

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    1. Looking back on this comment many months later, I wonder if we ever discussed that crazy goal/adventure you discovered. And thanks so much for joining my journey in South Korea!

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  2. I am fully expecting a video of your dancing in class to be posted here. The sooner the better.

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    1. You will always and forever have to imagine it. No such video exists. Well, I guess I have a few weeks left to capture some classroom dancing... We'll see what happens.

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