About a week ago I installed sitemeter, and have been able to see who has visited my site and how they got here. It's amusing. I really don't get that many hits---a few per hour---and a lot of them are in search of racy pictures. Unless it's a day when I'm getting linked by another blog, I'd say about half of my hits are off google searches. And when they're not looking for steamy photos, they're looking for stuff about Jeollanam-do. I've gotten a surprising number of hits for the Yosu-Sunchon Rebellion and for the Sunchon Tunnel Massacre. I've also gotten hits for things that aren't addressed on my site, and I feel bad for disappointing people. So I've decided to do a regular feature where I briefly address some of the search results that have brought people to my site, especially those searches dealing with Jeollanam-do. Three that I got recently were "Kangjin ESL," "Damyang schools," and "Gwangju Map Windmill."
* I got somebody looking for "Kangjin ESL." Kangjin is an old way of romanizing Gangjin that you don't see anymore. Those looking to teach in Gangjin county will most likely do it through a public school. Every now and again a hagwon will employ foreign teachers, but the most recent one went belly-up in the fall, and its teachers were let go. Apparently some people come to Gangjin via the EPIK program, and though you might read some positive reviews of EPIK on the internet, it's been largely criticized for disorganization, for unfavorable contracts, for disorganization, and for disorganization, and in 2008 there's really no reason for you to put up with that. The recruiter that handles most, if not all nowadays, of the public school jobs in Jeollanam-do is Canadian Connections.
* I also got somebody looking for "Damyang schools." Damyang county is similar to Gangjin in that there are hagwon, but as it's a fairly sparesly populated county, the work you'll want is through the public school system. Canadian Connections can offer you more information about job availability. There is also the Jeollanam-do Education Training Institute (JETI, 연수원), which provides training for Korean English teachers. In the past the camps were operated during school vacations, and local public school teachers would be obligated to work them for several weeks. Now, evidentally, the center will be staffed full-time and will operate year-round. According to some advertisements I've seen JETI pays slightly more than an ordinary teacher, but you'll have to get in touch with somebody else who can tell you the pros and cons of a job like that. I did a small entry on the Damyang camp here. Oh, and Naver tells us that there are presently 26 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, and 5 high schools in the county.
* And, I got somebody looking for "Gwangju Map Windmill," in reference to the Windmill Motel (윈드밀모텔). For some reason it's a very popular motel with foreigners. It's located downtown, in the Chungjangno district, a block or two from the Migliore building. Anyway, the motel does have its own website, available here, and there is a crude map available here. To get to the motel, use exit 1 of Geumnamno 4-ga (금남로4가) subway station and walk toward and past the prominent Migliore store/cinema. The motel will be visible across the street, a little ways past the 광주세무소. You can find a decent map of the area from Naver here, although the motel doesn't appear on it. There are several other motels in that area, in case the Windmill is booked . . . please heed my advice about avoiding the nearby Pharoah (파라오모텔), though.