Got my city placement!

Erin and I interviewed for our city placement last night, and it went perfectly!  Prior to the interview I had jotted down the name of a few places that looked good, mostly decent-sized cities on the coast.  The regional director was a great guy, and happy to work with us, but he only had a few locations available for couples.  Most people were interested in the largest cities, Chuncheon and Gangneung.  He had placements available in Gangneung and Donghae, and assumed we wanted Gangneung.  However, Donghae was actually at the top of my list going in.  He seemed really excited when we told him that, and was happy to place us there.

Erin will be teaching at an all-girls middle school.  I have another middle school, maybe all-boys.  We’ll probably be teaching at several schools, but these will be our primary locations, where we’ll have co-teachers to assist us with anything we need.

The location looks fantastic!  About 90,000 people, which is small by Korean standards but decent-sized for this province.  We’ll have access to all of the stores, restaurants, and recreation we need.  It’s right on the coast, with gorgeous white-sand beaches.  It’s mountainous, and close to Olympic-class skiing.  (Evidently the nearby Yeonpyeong ski resort only missed out on hosting the 2010 games by only 3 votes.)

Here are some photos to make you jealous:  (pictures borrowed from the excellent Donghae City website)


10 Responses to “Got my city placement!”

  1. Lois Whipple on August 24th, 2008 7:56 am

    Hi Mike!
    The two of you should keep a diary and write a book. I’m happy you made it safe and sound. Keep the pictures coming…and the info.


  2. Sasha on August 24th, 2008 10:39 am

    Holy crap… I got chills looking at those pictures… it’s BEAUTIFUL!!!!! And on the sea of Japan? Baller. And ginkgo biloba is the tree of the region? Also neat-o. Glad to hear you’re doing well.. keep the updates coming. love and miss you guys.


  3. Ashley on August 24th, 2008 2:25 pm

    Oh my god. So much for Morristown Korea. That looks awesome. It’s good to hear that you’re having a good time so far. Can’t wait to talk to you!


  4. Lauren on August 24th, 2008 4:35 pm

    everything sounds so great and looks beautiful! I’m so happy things are going so well =)


  5. the ann on August 24th, 2008 5:00 pm

    haha…I didn’t know they had such stellar Photoshop in Korea.


  6. mike.sapak on August 25th, 2008 3:38 am

    @Sasha: Don’t let a Korean hear you refer to it as the sea of Japan. All sorts of tension over that one. Hope you and Jason are doing well.

    @Ashley: Thanks so much for the mix CD. Hope all is well, I’ll call when I have a second.

    @Lauren: I can’t believe how gorgeous the pictures are. You should come visit us.

    @Ann: Gotta love tourism photos. Hopefully they didn’t ‘shop out anything too horrible.


  7. the ann on August 25th, 2008 1:17 pm

    **sea monster.

    one can only hope.


  8. Erin on August 26th, 2008 5:13 am

    Actually, you are teaching at at all-boys middle school, and mine is a Seventh Day Adventist co-ed middle school.


  9. mike.sapak on August 26th, 2008 5:34 am

    Yeah, what she said.


  10. Clay on August 28th, 2008 12:42 pm

    Those photos are absolutely unreal. Hopefully the beach isn’t always that crowded. Ya’ll need to get some mountain pics asap, cuz that looks pretty awesome. Hows the food? Looks pretty delicious in the photos. Miss you guys!


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