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)