I've lived in New York City my entire life. In 2011 I decided to leave all that I knew to live and work in Gwangju, South Korea (4.5 hours south of Seoul) where I taught at two different high schools. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life!

There're many differences between Korean high schools and American high schools. Here are just a few.

  1. NO SHOES AT SCHOOL. All of the students and faculty members wear slippers inside the school. Which makes sense because when you enter the home of a Korean family you have to take your shoes off. What doesn't make sense is the fact that students and faculty wear the slippers from home, in the streets, in their cars, and walk right into school.
  2. Windows are always open the matter what the weather is! Koreans believe it is important to have fresh air circulating at all times even in the dead of winter.
  3. The school lunches were some of the best meals I've had ever had in Korea.

Here are a few images I snapped with my iPhone 4 in 2012.

Rani Cheema