Summer Camp at Sosuseowon

16 Jul

This weekend Baden and I worked at the Middle School English summer camp. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights:


  • Visiting beautiful and famous Sosuseowon (the site of the first Confucius school in Korea.)
  • Walking through exquisite Oriental gardens
  • Sleeping on the floor in a traditional Korean style bedroom.
  • Falling asleep to the sound of rain pattering on the wooden roof.
  • Sitting out the heavy rain outside the little shop on a wooden bench with Baden, Robert, Anna and Todd (other foreign teachers.)
  • Talking to some girls after dinner about my diamond ring and romantic husband.
  • Late night eating in Todd and Anna’s room – spicy chicken, pork, radish, donuts and every side dish ever invented.
  • Taking home a beautiful blue umbrella which was left behind.
  • Eating digestive biscuits for breakfast.
  • Meeting and getting to know other foreign and Korean teachers.
  • Making frisbees and then watching some of the non-academic students throw them further than the academic students.
  • Having fun and earning extra money!
  • Finishing at 11am and then spending a whole afternoon at home in bed with sweets, coke, movies and each other while it continued to rain outside.


  • Being served fried fish for breakfast.
  • Trying to communicate with middle school students through the language barrier (like 14, 15 year olds aren’t difficult enough).
  • Leaving behind Baden’s sarong.
  • Dealing with middle school girls who did not want to be there or who complained that the rain would mess up their hair (Teacher, raining, my hair!)
  • Forgetting to keep score of the skipping competition and then randomly making up scores with Michael.
  • Walking in the rain to get to the toilet.

2 Responses to “Summer Camp at Sosuseowon”

  1. trish July 16, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    haha. nice.

  2. Baden Dowie July 17, 2012 at 5:09 am #

    ah memories. I loved the old buildings and the architecture. Amazing!

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