Friday, 9 July 2010

No, you cannot turn the air con off

At best it is warm for large parts of the day, at its worst it is very hot here right now in Korea. Most buildings you go into all have their air conditioners on or at the very least have some fans. My workplace has good air conditioners. There are three large ones for the third floor for reception, the computer study room and the teachers room.

In the classrooms their are two vents where the air is filtered in and keep the room nice and cool. You only really notice the heat when you are on the stairs or if some sneaky teacher turns the air con in the teachers room when they have a break.

It is very important that the air con is a) on, and b) works well. Otherwise it would be unreasonable to expect classes to go well. You can't teach or study without it really. Before the full breakout of Summer the classrooms were getting toasty. In May the kids were screaming for the air con to go on. And on it went, probably will be till late September. But then the kids started complaining. "It's too cold", they screamed. Again and again. And now, one third of the way through July I am getting requests for the air conditioning to be turned off. No, it's not going to happen, not in my classroom.

Having dated and subsequently married a Korean and also having worked with people here for over four and a half years I believe that Koreans often struggle with temperature changes. I don't know why. It gets hot here every Summer and it gets cold ever Winter but I cannot begin to say how many times I've heard "It's hot" or "It's cold" in the office when it has been anything but. The air con stays on, unless a Korean co-worker decides they don't want it on in the teachers room it would seem.

5 comments:

qiranger said...

I'm convinced that it's a lack of body fat that contributes to the temperature "issues." In our teaching office, when the NTs are in, the aircon is on and set to a reasonable 23-25 (I prefer the latter). When the KTs are in the room alone, it is most often turned off.

The_Mon said...

You're so lucky. I wish my director would turn the aircon on so I didn't feel like puking in half my classes.

Talking to myself said...

You could have something with the lack of body fat.

I feel I am very lucky with the good air con. My previous academy had a poor system so we relied on fans. I feel sorry for you if your director is being a cheapskate. It's difficult enough living here with the temperature and humidity never mind working in it.

Darryl Iorio said...

Korea is one of those countries that experiences severe weather. During winter, for example, the temperature drops really low, and during summer, the temperature rises really high. How long did you stay there? Somehow, you've been able to adapt to the kind of weather that Korea has. During summer, one thing that everyone has to make sure of is that their AC unit works well, because temperature really affects one's mood.

Talking to myself said...

Darryl,

Did you read the blog post?

I lived in Korea for the best part of six years and had great times there. I know all about the weather there and despite moaning on this blog a few times about it I got to appreciate it a lot more before I left. It does get undeniably hot in Summer though.

By your logic are you saying that most Koreans have also failed to adapt to the weather that Korea has? Because all homes have them.

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