DRAGONS Week 2018!

During DRAGONS Week this year, I had the chance to join JK on their field trips! We went to two different places this year and we had a great time learning how to make our community a better place. Our first trip was to the Nursing Home where our JK students read books to the members of the home. It was great to see so many of the students reach out and connect with the members of the home even though there was an 80 or 90 year age gap between them! We learned that all people have feelings and that a smile and a story can truly make someone's day!

Later on in the week, we went to a local beach for a beach clean-up! The students were really surprised at all of the trash that was on the beach. We collaborated in small groups of 5 to pick up the trash and make our beach cleaner. With my group, we talked about how seeing the trash made us feel. Many students shared that seeing the trash on the beach made them feel sad and angry. Some students felt sad about the trash but felt happy about cleaning it up. Afterwards, we had some fun in the sand as we had a chance to build sand castles and enjoy our newly cleaned beach! Check out some of my favorite photos from the week below!

Reading Stories and Sharing Smiles
Let's Clean Up the Beach!
Wow! Look at that trash!

Some fun in the sun!

Sharing toys!


  1. Hi Sara, my name is Shannon. I stumbled upon your original international school counseling blog while doing research. I am about to begin my last year of graduate school in school counseling and would love to become an international school counselor. I've been nervous about setting this goal without having the two years experience recommended by Search Associates and other international educator recruiting organizations. I was particularly reassured to see that you got a school counseling position in Vietnam right out of graduate school and was wondering if you had any advice to give about how you managed to set yourself apart from other counselors at the job fair. Also, looking back, would you still highly recommend University of Northern Iowa Overseas Placement Services? Another question I have is: how did you get your job in Korea? I have a particular interest in working specifically in Korea but I am not sure this is realistic right out of graduate school.

    1. Hi Shannon! I am so sorry that I am just now responding. You can ABSOLUTELY become an international school counselor if it is something you are interested in pursuing! Because School Counseling requires a Masters Degree, many recruiters and schools will consider that as the 2 years of experience. While there are some countries that require 2 years of working experience, other countries do not require that. School Counselors are quite desirable in the international setting and there are frequently not enough applicants to fill in the positions. I would still highly recommend the UNI fair for first timers- they made it quite easy to understand the process and I felt that there was a good selection of schools from around the world.

      For my job here in Korea, I attended the Search Associates fair (typically used by professionals who already work overseas). There are many international schools here in Korea. Many times it is all about finding the right 'fit' for a particular school. Some schools are willing to hire someone who is new to the profession because they have other seasoned staff to provide support and balance. I would be happy to speak with you more if you are interested or have more questions!


  2. Hi Sara, thank you so much for your response! I'm very reassured to hear that it will be a possibility for me to become an international school counselor after graduation. I'd love to connect more but I'm wondering what is the best option without posting my information out to all of the internet. I saw in your profile that you have a twitter. Perhaps it's best to connect there and then I can provide my email address. My name is SNM0514. Thanks again!


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