I have been wanting to share these pictures from my older trips for a while now. Enjoy~!
In 2003 I was part of a delegation of Canadian students and teachers who travelled to South Korea. We worked at an English camp for students aged 6-16. English training is a major component of the South Korean curriculum. The camp was an opportunity for the students to be immersed with native English speakers for two weeks.
It was a life changing trip for me. My first major journey out of Canada and first overseas work experience. The 15 hour plane ride from Chicago to Tokyo was brutal as I could not sleep in anticipation. The day the customs officials arrived and threatened to shut down the camp unless a small bribe was offered. Going paintballing with the students and getting completely plastered with paintballs. The camp moving locations half way through due to some mismanagement. Many lovely meals and ’interesting’ breakfasts. Soju. The amazing coast and islands.
Plastic food on show in Tokyo
My first encounter with large insects. Having lived in Africa since – this is nothing!!
Awesome South Korean colleagues
Awesome Canadian colleagues
How we spent our evenings
My superstars class. The youngest of the group they were full of energy and curious about my leg hair 😉
Breakfast-clockwise from top left, rice, beef salad, tea, seaweed, minnows, kimchi, kimchi soup, tofu
The school thought it would be a good idea to take the kids to paintball. Can you imagine having the opportunity to chase your teacher down in the woods with a gun! I got massacred.
Street scene in Seoul
My favorite dinner and drinks. Soju and grilled on the table pork wrapped in a lettuce leaf with bean paste garlic and mushrooms.
One of my most challenging students
They were all a little nuts!
Streets of Yongin
Back in Seoul near Tapgol market
This was our magic solution if the kids were getting too roudy. In English of course!
A challenging washroom
Our last meal on staff. A mix of very special South Korean delicacies.
The city surrounds tradition.
After working we took a trip to the island of Seopori on the western coast. It was very peaceful, natural and beautiful.
Met some very nice South Korean men also on their way to the island. They shared some Cass beer and shrimp crackers with us. We couldn’t communicate because of our language but we enjoyed our time together using symbols and hand gestures.
The famous barber stripes on the streets of Seoul.
At the time this was touted as the largest underground mall in Asia.