For the past month or so I’ve been doing some volunteering at ‘Louhol’ - an English cafe a few subway stops from where I live. It’s vibrant, artsy, and serves the best peanut butter bars I’ve ever tasted. It also runs after school English classes which I help out with.
The class I take is a mix of 3rd and 4th graders and runs every Wednesday 6-7pm. I normally have about 7 students, who despite being in the same grade as some of students I teach at school are COMPLETELY different. When I got the volunteering position Louis the owner described some of the classes as ‘organised chaos’ and he wasn’t lying. I’ve been racking my brains trying to come up with activities to keep them focused, entertained and learning. Sometimes I’ve been successful, other times not…
I get to teach whatever I want with the support of a Korean member of staff which is nice. So far we’ve done treasure hunts, an Easter lesson, The Very Hungry Caterpillar lesson and restaurant Monopoly.
(Please contact if you’d like any of the plans/materials that go along with powerpoint.) The environment is very different to a classroom; since I am teaching a much smaller group of students I am able to interact with them more and monitor their work. I’m really enjoying my time there and would recommend finding extra work within your local community to anyone coming to teach in South Korea. The lesson planning can be used again for any camps/English festivals/after school classes you may be required to do and the extra experience is worthwhile. You also get to meet some great people! To find out more about LOUHOL please visit my Colorful Daegu blog here or check out their facebook page :)