In Korea Josh and I work at an English Village which gives us a very different perspective in terms of how we teach and the freedom we have when it comes to teaching. Most of the other English teaching jobs here either entail working for a public school or private after school academy known as a hagwon. And you can bet that the focus at these schools is reading, book work and grammar. Here at the English Village the focus is on teaching the kids about how to do things and the American experience. So you can imagine that when it came time for Halloween the teachers went all out to teach the students about Halloween. On Friday we had a Halloween carnival where all the teachers dressed up in cutesy costumes and rotated all the students into different classrooms for different Halloween based activities. I face painted about 50 kids….yeah it was fun. Other activities included a throwing game, cake walk and photo booth among others.
Like I mentioned before during the Carnival portion of the day the teachers were dressed in simple costumes for example all the female teachers wore witch hats. I did somehow manage to make Josh look like a zombie…which he enjoyed way too much running around scaring all the students and even the Korean staff.
The last period of the day the students were all brought down to the auditorium for a massive game of hide and seek. We told the students that if they reached safe (back in the auditorium) they would be given candy….and then all the teachers put on scary masks and ran around scaring the students….it was pretty epic. I guess we figured these kids never got to truly experience Halloween and therefore it was our duty to give them one they wouldn’t forget.
And, last but not least, Josh made a video of all the teachers chasing around the students…enjoy!