Today I signed my official contract that I will be staying for another year. Every year you have the option of ending your contract or extending your contract for another 6 or 12 months. My first year contract ends end of August and I am so happy I am staying another year. I literally cannot imagine leaving Korea this summer. I feel like I am just getting started here and making new friends and learning more and more about the culture. My time here isn’t close to being done yet. Of course I do miss my family and friends back in the states but I feel like this is my home right now and that’s a great feeling. There are still days where I get super frustrated with the language barrier or angry at myself that I’m not fluent in Korean and a simple task takes much longer than normal. But that’s just part of it all. And I have become a much more patient person and feel like I can handle pretty much any situation that comes my way.
I booked my flight home this summer for 12 days and I can’t wait! I am so excited to see my family, friends, my nephew and my niece who I haven’t met yet. We’ve skyped many times so I feel like maybe she will see me and remember I am that face in the cellphone constantly waving and smiling. My two best friends here are also staying in Korea which I am so thankful for! We keep talking about all the things we are going to do when we get back home for the two weeks. Food, shopping, driving, going to a store and talking to the people at the counters because we can actually have small talk!!! Going on runs outside without being stared at. Shopping for dresses that aren’t too short on our tall bodies. Buying shoes and knowing they have my size. Eating any food we are craving. It’s going to be great. 🙂
I think a lot of people go into Teaching Abroad with the knowing that they will only be here for 1 year and it’s just a temporary job which I completely understand. I think for my friends and I, we take our jobs really seriously and love what we are doing right now. We know that right now this is our actual life and we’re going to enjoy and get as much out of it as we can. I’m really excited to visit home and see everyone but I know that I will be excited to get back to Korea as well. It’s a good feeling to be content where you are in the moment and feel like you aren’t longing for something different.
Love and Hugs from Korea,