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Kids Say The Darndest Things

Every year the Yeongwol County office pays for a group of sixth-grade students to go to an English speaking country for a month during the school vacation. This year, our school had to choose five students to send to New Zealand. As part of the selection criteria, the applicants sat down for brief interviews with […]

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Another Roadside Attraction at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show

The Sydney Royal Easter Show brings Australia’s country smack dab to the heart of its largest city. For two weeks of every year since 1823, cows, trucks, crafts, rides, food, and people have converged on the showgrounds at Sydney’s Olympic Park for a finger-lickin’ good time. And I was one of them, except I wasn’t […]

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The Making of a Lifelong Working Holiday

  This big crazy adventure of mine started in Ireland back in 2003. I landed in Dublin with an absolutely enormous suitcase and a copy of the Lonely Planet Ireland, completely unprepared for my working holiday visa experience. I hoped that I’d feel an instant sense of home when I arrived in Ireland. Or, as […]

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Anatomy of a Teacher Dinner

The teacher dinner. If you teach English at a public school in Korea, there’s no avoiding it. Truthfully, I dread these dinners. I never know if they’re going to go for one hour or three. Most of the time I don’t even know that they’re happening until the morning of the event. Dinners are solitary […]

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The Unconventional Cubicles of a New Zealand Working Holiday

This might come as a surprise to some readers, but during 2006 & 2007 I spent a year working in New Zealand. I say this because sometimes even I forget that I lived in New Zealand. Sorry, New Zealand. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy myself – it just feels like it happened in another […]

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Extra, Extra!

The trouble with working holiday visas is that they run out. At some point, you have to return to your home country and earn some money before you can go traveling again. Going home can be hard. You’ve heard of ‘reverse culture shock,’ right? Well, it’s true. Seeing your family and friends is easily the […]

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