The KIIP program is awesome,
at least it is in Osan where I study on Sundays.
I love the instructor,
the lessons are excellent,
and the schedule is perfect for a person with a job.
My only question is this,
"Where are all the Western people?"
In fact, since I first showed up for my KIIP exam
I've been asking this question.
The KIIP is a completely FREE
language and culture program
with classes across the country
designed for migrants with work schedules.
Yes, that's right
just because you are a foreigner!
However, based on what I read on posts and threads,
and the fact I have not yet met
a native English speaker in the program,
it seems the vast majority of Westerners are
too cool for free education.
Yes, it took me a little while to get here as well,
but I'm hoping I can make it easier
for others to take this leap.
These classes aren't just for folks looking for their F-2,
they're an amazing opportunity
to learn about the world.
They help you feel part of something bigger.
You meet expats from so may places,
doing all kinds of things.
Taking the KIIP classes
has given me a far deeper appreciation
for my life in the opportunities I've been given.
It has given me perspective and opened my eyes
to the depth of the expat community here,
which runs far deeper
than a few transient, English teachers.
This is one of those amazing,
once in a lifetime opportunities,
and I'm so thankful I didn't let it pass.
Yes, you might be the only
that shows up for class.
Yes, you might not be able
to get really drunk for a while
because you need to get up in the morning.
Yes, it might be scary to take the first exam.
Yes, you might do terrible on it
because you don't know Korean.
Yes, it's going to be scary.
Yes, it's totally worth.
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