I dare to say that last week was one of the best weeks in Korea. It was also one of the most fun camps I have ever taught. Originally, I signed up not knowing what I was getting myself into teaching at an all boys high school camp. But, it turned out to be awesome!
We first had a glimpse of our students at immigration where we were able to interrogate them and check their bags.
“Why are you here?”
” Do you have any cigarettes? Alcohol? Bombs?”
“Do you like English?”
“Do you have a girlfriend?”
Listening to what they had to say was a lot of fun. And I give my fellow co-teachers credit for really getting into their roles as well. I think we did a great impersonation of immigration.
The camp was pretty jam-packed with activities. I really enjoyed the olympic games, amazing race, and talent show. It was a lot of fun participating and enjoying time with the students.
I was nearly exhausted and had a few epic failure moments, but hey that’s life. During the olympic games it would have to be when I dropped my tennis ball and had to do 5 push ups. I looked like a fish flopping out of water. I suck at push ups, but it was nice to hear my boys cheer me on and say I did a good job.
Preparing for the talent show was a lot of fun. Originally, we were going to dance to ‘Single Ladies,’ but the dance was a bit difficult. So we decided to let ‘Single Ladies,’ be our highlight. We created a medley and the students came up with most of the dance moves.
My ‘Funky Ladies’ did an amazing job!! It was a lot of fun and my thighs were on fire all weekend! Watching my class cross dress as women was hysterical and they did a great job performing. So did all of the other classes as well~! It was such a blast watching all of the classes perform on stage.
During the whole camp I was able to work with every class, but class 1. They all had their own special quirks about them that I loved teaching them. Some classes were super quiet, others wanted vouchers, others were really fun and participated a lot. It was great to work with such a nice diverse group of individuals.
Towards the end of the camp as a job well-done to our students we all decided to pitch in and by our homerooms pizza. The kids were really happy about it and it was a complete surprise for them!
As for my home room, I had a blast with them. They were a little quiet the first day with me, but they definitely showed their personalities as the days went on. I had a blast working with them and spending time eating our meals and snacks together. I loved how no one looked awake, while they were eating breakfast. It was really cute. I was really sad to say goodbye to them during the closing ceremony. They are so cute and fun, that I’m really going to miss teaching them. It was a blast taking the subway back together and just chatting the whole way. We have a meet up in two weeks and I’m really excited to see them.
I’m really glad I was able to have this experience to work with high school boys. They were a blast and reminded me of how much I miss teaching older kids. Take care kiddos~!