Since we’re soon headed to Thailand for a winter vacation, I figured it was time to give an update on our everyday life so that you can get a better look at our January in Korea! We’ve mostly been keeping busy with winter camps the last few weeks. While we don’t have regular classes until March, most schools in Korea offer an English camp for 1-2 weeks. Both of our schools have two-week camps during January.
What exactly are winter camps? Camps are a chance for students to be exposed to the English language while school is out of session. The best part about camps is the fact that they’re more centered around games and activities, so it’s a lot more fun than regular classes. Nick’s camp finished up last week and ran from 9-12 each day for 10 days total. Mine finishes up this week.
My camp is a bit different at English Town. Mine is a sleepover camp (from what I hear, this is very uncommon) and it runs for a total of 8 days. We have four different groups of students that come to our school. The first day is 13 hours and runs from 9 am to 10 pm. The students then sleep over and attend the second day from 9 am to 1:40 pm. This repeats 3 more times for the rest of the groups. The long days feel very long, but I can’t complain because it’s pretty fun, I get paid overtime after 5:00 and my school feeds me all day. Nick also teaches extra classes at my camp for 2 hours, 2 times a week — so it’s neat to have him there, too.
As for the weather, we’ve really been lucky! While the Northern parts of South Korea are colder and very snowy, we have hardly had any snow — maybe a light dusting on 2 different days. The first few days of January were a lot colder, but lately it’s been between 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit! I feel happy about this because I keep hearing about the below freezing temperatures back home. I know that Nick wishes it were more snowy — boy is he in for a treat in Thailand. 😛
We’ve mostly been relaxing at home since we have a lot of travel coming up. When we’re not at home on the weekends, we spend time at coffee shops with friends or playing screen golf. Indoor golf is big in Korea and you’re encouraged to bring food and drinks to the facilities, so it’s a good way to spend the evening with a group of people. I never thought I’d try screen golf! I’ve also been reading a lot and planning the ins and outs of our Thailand adventure.
I can’t believe that we’ve almost been here for 3 months! Things are going well and we’re having lots of fun as we continue to learn. I’m hoping to share some pictures and stories from Thailand very soon. 🙂 Thanks for reading!