My first week in Korea: Apartment and Job


Officially my first week in Korea will be over tonight, but since I’ll be working today, I decided to write up this post now instead. Overall, it has been a great first week. I moved in last Monday night, met my neighbor, Kayla, who also just moved in, and started making myself at home.

The Net

I bought a router for my apartment that Kayla and I split since her apartment is right next to mine. In exchange, she gave me her extra mattress pad for my bed, which makes my bed comfortable enough to sleep on.

Most of this past week I spent training to take over Tez’s teaching schedule. In general, his classes seem pretty manageable. Each class ranges in size from 1 to 15 students. Most of the younger classes and older classes tend to be 1-8 students. The few big classes I have will be in the middle of the day with the middle schoolers. I will be teaching everything from elementary phonics (bat, mat, cat, etc.) to teaching high school TOEFL speaking (you have 15 seconds to compose a minute long speech defending your opinion).

My Schedule

I need to be at work at 1 pm on Monday and 1:30 the rest of the week. We spend the first several hours planning for our classes, as the academy doesn’t start classes until 4 pm. During that time, typically we’ll look over lesson plans, review the material, or get lunch. During the 4 pm to 10 pm block, basically the rest of my day, I teach 5 to 6 classes, with one day of 7 classes. Within those classes, I have one class period off to eat dinner and another class period off for a break. Each class is 40 minutes with a 5-minute break in between.

I’ve gotten to know my neighborhood a little bit better as well. Its a fairly average working-class neighborhood, which in Korea means lots of PC Clubs, marts, and Kimbap places. PC clubs are internet cafes with really fast computers mainly for gaming. Marts are just minimarts and there is usually 1 every hundred feet if not closer. Kimbap places are little cafes with a small menu of kimbap (sushi-like rice roll), several variations on ramen, and a few rice bowls. I’m sure there’s more to them, but that’s all I’ve had so far.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Kyle says:

    Wahooo! You’re in KORREEEAAAAAAAA


    1. Austin says:

      Living the dream man!


  2. justin gaines says:

    For your daily agenda, I would like to add 2 hours of Starcraft practice.

    Breakdown is as follows:
    20 mins – APM warm-up, focus on using hotkeys
    40 mins – 1 v 1 practice vs computers, 2 games, unranked – zerglins for rush then baneling drops and remember to spawn your larva and SCOUT FOR AIR
    40 mins – 1 v 1s vs. Korean youth; work on scouting and practice your zergling micro
    20 mins – review your stats and watch replays, monitor your macro and note any times you were supply blocked/missed your larva spawn


    1. Austin says:

      I need to figure out what that means first.


  3. Charlie says:

    Hey BUUUUUUUDY. Glad to hear you made it and all is well. Can’t wait to hear more about your time there. I agree with the Starcraft practice, surprised you didn’t get your mandatory copy upon entry to the country!


    1. Austin says:

      Haha, my students keep asking me about League of Legends. I think I’ll need to start playing that as well.


  4. Carolyn Buckley says:

    Austin, I’m loving reading all you’ve got to say. The pictures add a lot. I like the shower. Say hello to Nicole and have an awesome year.


    1. Austin says:

      Thanks Carolyn!


    2. Austin says:

      Thanks Carolyn, see you in a year!


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