Everland Resort and Amusement Park

entrance
Everland is basically the Disneyland of South Korea. In my opinion, the best times to go are spring or fall.

20130323_171920

In spring, you can enjoy their beautiful rose garden, as well as huge planters full of every flower you can imagine all over the park.

everland spring with me in tulips

In fall, they decorate for Halloween and that is a sight to see!

everland_munch 016

It’s located in the city of Suwon, where I loved from 2010 to 2013.

everland_graden

I went several times because it’s a fantastic way to spend a day. Yes, there are roller coasters and other rides! There are games and prizes.

me_and_t_express

However, there is also a zoo where you can see anything from bears and moneys to an actual Liger (the world’s largest cat.)

everland me with turtles

For children, there is a fairy tale land with really wonderful buildings.

epic_cartoon_plant

There are both Korean and American fairy tales included.

crazy_house

And in October, they really do a great job decorating the place as if it’s a Halloween theme park. South Korea may not celebrate Halloween like we do, but they certainly enjoy the decorations.

graves

Admission is around $50 US (you can get coupons from the tourism agency for 10% or 20% off) and it’s a short shuttle ride from Suwon Station.

everland_night_time

Make sure that is you go, you stay for the light parade at night.

train

If you’re looking for a fun adventure for a day, I highly recommend it!

tree_float

Teaching in South Korea

Jenifer DeLemont, Avalon English

 

I moved to South Korea is 2010, in January. Being from Arizona, I really didn’t know how to handle winter. It was a challenge beyond what I had expected and required all new clothes. I had to learn about waterproof boots, long underwear, and insulated parkas.

The bigger challenge was learning to teach. I did get my International Teaching Certification through TEFL, but I didn’t have any classroom time under my belt except for some volunteer experience at The Thomas J Pappas School for the Homeless when I was in college.

I had to develop incentive programs to ensure maximum participation in class, and I had to figure out how to get the textbook material to come alive for the kids.

Jenifer DeLemont, Avalon English

 

Later on,  I even got the freedom to develop my own classes. The class I am most proud of was the D&D class. The kids love to play games where they acquire items. So, I was able to use Dungeon and Dragons to teach them new vocabulary while feeling like they were playing a game.

It was hard to adjust to the culture and the job, but I think that I was able to do this very well. That’s why I ended up being offered additional contracts after I completed the first one.

Jenifer DeLemont, Avalon English

I stayed for three years, and it was a really wonderful three years!

Here is a picture of our little Avalon family (above.)