I am half way done with Death by English Camp 3.0. I havent had a day off since two weeks ago. Last weekend I did yet another English camp for Seonra Middle School on Sat and Sun. Needless to say my energy is waning this week. I had a couple of periods off and I slept on the couch for 3 hours today. I needed it as after I woke up I felt like a new man.
My team this week is not as enthusiastic as the previous two weeks. I suspect that is because it is obivous to anyone that I am hardly as into this as I was trying to be the previous weeks. I got the Banana Dance of international fame on video this week and I will get it up as soon as I can get a hold of my cord.
Three of the the teachers did not show up. They are other foriegners that I worked with last week. Its too bad since I liked working with them... But I am a bit miffed. I have had to endure this camp for the full three weeks and I have managed to drag myself here each week, although this week I admittedly took my time getting here and had not a second thought about showing up two hours late.
However, I still feel taken advantage of when I realize that I am the only teacher that is here for three weeks especially after I found out that other teachers simply told them "no" when asked to do more than one week. I was told that this is required despite that it is more certainly out of the domain of my contract. I hesitate to say anything about it because they are paying me for my time and if we wanted to really get into the letter of the law they could just subtract my usual 40 hours and then simply pay only the over time pass that. I also know that formula would produce a much smaller paycheck.
So long as I am paid before I leave for Hawaii it will all be worth it...
I am heading to Jeju after I finish the last day of Seonra's English camp on Saturday. I am booked my Minbuk (a kind of guest house) and have two dives scheduled. I also read about an indian restuarant and a Mexican restuarant of good repute in Jeju City.
I laugh at many of my Korean Coworkers because everytime I say I going there or they are lamenting the fact that they have never been they site that it is too expensive. After planing my Hawaii trip I am compelled to laugh in their face. If you stay at the overpriced hotels then it is certainly too expensive, but if you actually take the time to look you can find rooms for $25 and kimbap, Sam Gyep Sal, and other cheap korean foods are not going to be anymore expensive than back home. I thought my Korean friend was going to have a heart attack when I told them I would be staying there for 12 days...
As for lecturing at the EPIK orientation in Seoul, the office most inconviently called and demanded a manuscript last week. Despite it being due last week it is the first I have heard of this. So in relatiation I simpley took some of my early blogs about life in Korea, polished them up, and presented them for publication in the EPIK handbook. Now I can most surely say I am a published blogger. <
Peace and Love,