South Korea: Teaching ESL

I went to South Korea in 2004, when I was a Junior in high school. Even though I went there on a mission trip through AWANA International, one of our main purposes there was to teach English as a Second Language. I went through a program called M-I-T (Missionary in Training) and learned how to lead, teach, and work on a multi-cultural, multi-generational team.

My favorite aspect of the trip, besides getting to see so much of Korea’s historical sites, was working with the children and seeing their confidence grow as they became more proficient in English.

My Students:

My first ESL class-I had the largest class and we always had so much fun!

My first ESL class-I had the largest class and we always had so much fun!

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Game Time!

Game Time!

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Snacking on corn and potatos

This little girl's name is Cherry and when I left, she made me two beautiful paper roses, which I still have 11 years later!

This little girl’s name is Cherry and when I left, she made me two beautiful paper roses, which I still have 11 years later!

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My Teammates

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Learning to use Korean chopsticks

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A lesson on the basic body parts

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This was our typical breakfast most days

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Nathan was our translator and Korean leader

Extracurricular Activities

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Having a traditional Korean BBQ in the “wilderness”

Lighting the fire

Lighting the fire

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Enjoying a bonfire at the end of our final English Camp

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Teaching ESL in South Korea was my first experience travelling abroad and without my parents! When I got home from Korea, I knew that my world would never be the same-it had opened its hands to me and said, “There’s more, come see…come explore.” The experiences I had there shaped me more than I could imagine at the time and started me down a journey of travel, service, and wonder that I’ve never once regretted. 

Thank you, South Korea for your many wonders and lessons! 

This post concludes my South Korea Travel Series. I’ve enjoyed sharing my first trip abroad with you have enjoyed hearing your own stories and about how much Korea had changed in the past 10 years! 

Stay tuned for more stories from India and Kazakhstan!

   
 

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