Expat Sam in Japan

Talking with Expats: Sam

I'm really happy that my first expat interview is someone I can say is a close friend of mine. We spent our first year abroad together. Sam was a fellow teacher at the Jinju Mirae Center who recently made her way back to the United States after spending a year teaching English abroad. For Sam's…

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Why Korea? And Other Questions

Disclaimer: Christine in Korea is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Since making the decision to move to Korea I have gotten a lot of questions. Some of these questions come…

Adventures in Teaching: My first two weeks as an educator

After two weeks of teaching, all I have to say is that teaching is hard. Quite possibly, it's one of the hardest things I have ever done. I tried not to kid myself going into it; I knew that my babysitting experience and time as a tutor for other college students would pale in comparison to what…

Korean Doctors, Elementary Night Owls, and Culture Shock

I'm sure you're expecting that me to say that when I arrived in Korea I was overwhelmed with culture shock. That these last few weeks have been an endless series of events that shocked and unnerved me, or even just caught me off-guard. While for many people, culture shock is common when visiting or moving…