An Introduction

You will no longer find me in South Bend or Indiana or the United States of America. On August 20, 2008, I boarded a plane from Chicago and flew for 13 straight hours to Seoul, South Korea, arriving on August 21.

I stayed in Seoul for 8 days at KonKuk University, where I attended countless lectures at an orientation and met people from America, Australia, Canada, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa.

On August 29, a group of roughly 60 teachers and I were driven by bus to Daegu, the fourth largest city in the country. We were paraded in front of the administration of 60 public schools. We then went with our vice principals to dinner, separated from the group for the first time.

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I live alone in a studio apartment, provided by my employer. I walk for ten minutes to school Monday through Friday, and teach nearly 880 elementary students in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades at a school of 1,600.

This is a record of my time on the other side of the world.

 

~E. A. Gingerich

October, 2008

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