colombia · Teaching Abroad

Thoughts on Colombia

Well I have a lot of thoughts honestly.

It’s my first time traveling in any part of the Americas other than my home country.Shameful yes I know,but I plan on rectify that starting next year.

What I’m most excited about?

Being able to blend in.

You don’t understand how excited I am to be able to blend in with natives,I mean until I open my mouth that is.Besides the U.S. I’ve only lived and traveled in Asia,a place where me being black is a… well… … an interesting experience.

So for me it will be my first time traveling to a country that has a big population of people of African descent and it’s exciting.I really love the fact that I wont be stared at every day as I live and travel around Colombia(I wish I was exaggerating,but in Asia it’s something that you just kind of to get used to).


Now honestly I don’t know a lot about Latino food,but I love food as a whole.So I plan on learning a lot about the food in Colombia as travel around the country.Food is actually one of my favorite parts of traveling to any country, exploring the different types of foods that are popular there,and comparing it to Southern food.Then realizing how similar and different our foods are.

The thing I am most excited about is street food.It’s not popular in the U.S. at least not in the South,but buying and eating food from vendors is one of the best ways of learning about the cuisine of any country(and seeing what’s popular to eat at the time).

Things I wonder about:

What will it be like to be teaching at just one school(I’ve always previously  had three to five)?

What grades will I be teaching?what hours?

Will I get placed in the program I want?

Will I be in walking distance of my school?

Will I be able to find a reliable barber or hair products in my city?

Will I go to carnival?

Will I be able to take a martial art in the town or city I’m in?

Will I have an awesome co-teacher?

Will I be placed in the area I want or even be in a city?

How will my minimum level of Spanish affect my life?compared to my nonexistent level of Korean my first year there.

Will I decide to have roommates?or put up more money to have my own place?


I have a lot of questions, I’ll share the answers to you when I figure them out.

Thanks for reading,





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