International Kids, Part 1

Andrew and Crystal are thirteen and fifteen. They attend Yongsan International School of Seoul, an American-based private school which is both Christian and broad-minded. I was particularly interested in their stories because when I was a child and young adult my family spent a year in Europe every five years, first in Luxembourg and then in Germany, where I attended public schools and university. It turned out there were some similarities. We spoke in their home in Seoul. Andrew’s story Before I moved here to my international school in Seoul, I went to Navarro Elementary School in Seguin Township, Texas. …

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Korea, Where the Living is Easy

This is a 2014 interview with an English teacher who arrived in Korea in 2007, taught in an elementary school and then moved to teaching Tourism English to flight attendants at a university. She also did a master’s in International Relations at Troy University on the US Army post. Korea has been good to Amy professionally and financially. She loves her students and finds Korea “not a bad place to get stuck” if your own country offers little hope of good employment.

Silvia Wilson Moves to South Korea

In 2001 a Mainer hopped on a flight for South Korea, where her son was teaching, and began a new life. Her experience with less-than-honest recruiters and insolvent private language schools was fairly typical. What was much less typical was her decision not to give up and go home. Her experience illustrates how much personality determines a person’s ability to get along abroad. This post first appeared in November, 2010. It is posted again in her memory.