I was very sad to miss my Masters Graduation ceremony back home in Ireland this week, but as flying over 9,000km from Korea to Dublin for 1 day was definitely not an option, I just had to get on with my days work teaching cute little Korean kids their A,B,C’s!
I think the principal of the school felt a little sorry for me, so she spent the entire day today photo shopping my head onto other people graduation photos, then uploaded them into facebook. You can imagine my surprise and delight after a long days teaching, logging on to facebook to see these hilarious yet brilliantly photoshopped images of myself at my Graduation! She even got the colors right and somehow added the University crest to one of the photos too!
I may have missed the actual graduation ceremony, but at least I have some photos from the occasion!
Oh look, there I am at my University!
There I am, looking the wrong way!1
With a lovely James Joyce quote!
I’m looking well! haha
I want to share some amazing videos with you created by young students currently attending Colaiste Lurgan Irish College in the West of Ireland. This college has been releasing music videos throughout the summer in which the students have translated recent and popular songs into Irish and have added their own twist to the songs. From singing Avicii ‘Wake me Up’ to recreating the infamous cups scene from the movie ‘Pitch Perfect’, they are creating hit after hit. WIth their most recent video attracting more than half a million hits in 3 days, it is well on the way to becoming a viral sensation!
Not only am I amazed by the huge musical talent coming out of this Irish camp, but I’m also unbelievably impressed with the camp organizers for coming up with such a unique and creative method of making Irish fun to learn. When I was in secondary school I would have done anything to avoid going to Irish college, and while I know some of my friends did admit to having fun there, many more feared the place where English was strictly forbidden and ‘having fun’ was far from the priority of the teachers, supervisors and Bean an Tí’s!
Watching these videos you can see how much the students are ENJOYING learning Irish, and they remind me what a beautiful language it is. In addition to learning off the lyrics and singing songs in Irish, the organizers also recreated the Indian ‘Holi’ Festival of Colours on a local beach for the students to enjoy, an idea which is sure to encourage many more students to sign up to Irish college next year.
What do you think??
Sorry I have been missing in action from my blog for a few months now, but I have been VERY busy and still am. I am working full-time for an amazing organization called ‘The Hope Foundation” and have also been working hard to get my Masters thesis finished. I also managed to fit in a weekend away in London and just under a month in Northern Kenya, doing field research.
Here are some photos I took while staying in the town of Lodwar, in Central Turkana, where temperatures reach up to 39′c on a daily basis, the climate is harsh and the landscape is desert like. Water is scarce, sanitation facilities are non existent and Life is all about survival. When I have more time I will share with you my stories are heart ache, horror, compassion and hope, but for now here are some photos of the amazingly beautiful children I befriended on my journey.
Having left Korea and all my adorable students over 3 months ago, I’m actually starting to miss the annoying,little critters!
Ah no, I loved them all, I really did and I often wonder how they are getting along and what funny things they are writing or talking about with their new teacher. My year teaching in Korea was one of the best years of my life, and the memories will stay with me forever.
Here are some photos of me with all my amazing students. I miss them, I really do.