Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hey everyone! It’s the one and only Gdog, author of The Daily Kimchi. I am from Victoria, BC. I came out to Korea with my girlfriend in July of 2006. During university I spent time working in the hospitality industry so you could call me an expert on the ins and outs of running a banquet of any sort. I enjoy traveling and also love playing tennis, golf, volleyball, and basketball. I am also addicted to the internet like the rest of you guys!
How long have you been in Korea?
I’ve been in Korea for almost a year now. My time is almost up…so crazy!
Where have you worked in Korea?
I’ve worked in Seoul with one of the largest hagwons in Korea. So far, the work has been relatively easy and the kids have been a lot of fun. I would recommend doing your homework when trying to find a job in Korea!
What is your fondest memory of Korea?
My fondest memory is eating endless amounts of food, in particular galbi and samgyeopsal. People say Korea is a highly homogenius society, so sometimes getting help from people might seem difficult. I have found that on the most part, if you ask politely they will help you. For example, our kitchen knives that were supplied to us were dull. I went to the crab shack downstairs and the owner happily sharpened our knives! I couldn’t speak any Korean, so I was pretty stoked that he was able to help us out.
What is your worst of Korea?
Hmmm…worst memories…well, I try not to think in a negative light when it comes to dealing with another culture. I think acceptance plays a huge role in adjusting to a new environment. Some days when people are pushing and shoving to get on the subway, that can be very annoying. Also, the pollution of a large city can definitely get to you and make you sick. Other than that, you just have to learn to live with what’s given to you and try not to complain.
Do you have any advice for future English teachers in Korea?
I would encourage people to remain open minded about Korea and living in a new culture. Also, it would be worth while to learn about children and educate yourself about what strategies you can use in the classroom in terms of management and teaching to different abilities. I’ve stayed positive throughout my experience (even when I was sick and had dreaded PINK EYE!) and that has helped keep me sane. Oh yeah, don’t forget to bring your camera!