Ireland, as drawn by Korean Kids

Ireland, as drawn by Korean Kids

My first class of the day is with 2 very cute Korean brothers who come to me simply to improve their English conversation skills and to expose them to a native English speaker. They will be moving to China soon as their father's got transferred there for work and they will be attending an … [Read more...]

Masters Graduation

Masters Graduation

I was very sad to miss my Masters Graduation ceremony back home in Ireland this week, but as flying over 9,000km from Korea to Dublin for 1 day was definitely not an option, I just had to get on with my days work teaching cute little Korean kids their A,B,C's! I think the principal of the school … [Read more...]

Can ONE week REALLY change your life?

Can ONE week REALLY change your life?

At the end of March I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Kolkata for one week to see  The Hope Foundation's projects with street and slum children. Most of my friends and family know how hard I fundraised to make this opportunity a reality, but many of you don't know the enormous effect it had … [Read more...]

The Scariest Place on Earth

The Scariest Place on Earth

With all the recent talk about North and South Korea, I thought I would share this post with you. This time 2 years ago I was living and working in Munsan, a town of about 100,000 only a few KMs from the border with North Korea. Here's what I had to say about it at the time.... Sometimes as I lie … [Read more...]

Dear Diary- Marriage Proposal(s) !!

Dear Diary- Marriage Proposal(s) !!

Dear Diary, I've been too lazy to write the last few days. I get caught up in the moment as it is all so laid back in this part of the world. Sitting on our little porch, gazing up at the starry sky, listening to an old Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Cassette(Cd's have not found their way to this … [Read more...]

Dear Diary – New Friends

Dear Diary – New Friends

Dear Diary, We met Brother Paul today from the USA. He invited us up to Kakuma some day to visit the UN refugee camp, with over 86,000 refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia and The Sudan. These kinds of things are suddenly becoming a reality. You hear about them and see them on the News back home … [Read more...]

I think it’s BORING. BORING BORING BORING.

I think it’s BORING. BORING BORING BORING.

Today was so unbelievably frustrating. All 3 teachers were teaching students adjectives to describe what they think of certain music, dancing or hobbies. From exciting, to graceful, from beautiful to difficult, it would seem only one adjective in particular caught on in every … [Read more...]

Radioactive rain; Unwanted superpowers

Radioactive rain; Unwanted superpowers

"The acid rain is coming teacher. Am, Am, we will get Am and DIE!!", my students shouted at me today. (Am is cancer in Korean btw!) "The bad rain from Japan is coming," they persisted as I blew them off quietly asking them to open their text books. With all the hype about the Nuclear fall in … [Read more...]