Teaching private English lessons in South Korea is a big part of many teachers’ lives as they try to save a little bit more money. In fact, in my 18 months of teaching English in Korea, I don’t think that I met a single teacher who had not taught at least one private lesson, and I encountered some who juggled so many private lessons around their regular schedules that they barely had time to do anything but teach. Yet there is one very important thing to note about teaching private lessons – it’s illegal. When you are granted the Foreign Language Teaching (E-2) Visa, it expressly defines that you can work for one company only, the one for whom the visa has been granted. So why is it that so many teachers do it? Money.
Find your place in the world! Costa Rica has beautiful landscapes with tropical rainforests, majestic volcanoes, and sandy beaches. The people are the friendliest in Latin America and the economy is very stable. You don’t need to compromise lifestyle with safety in Costa Rica because it is one of the safest countries in Latin America. Teaching English in Costa Rica is the best way to get a meaningful job that pays a decent living wage. Teach English in Costa Rica during your gap-year or pack your bags and move there for life!
Koreans refer to it as the Hawaii of South Korea and while there are many differences between the islands, the sentiment is clear – Jeju Island is a very nice place. During my first twelve months of teaching English in Daegu, many of my students told me that their dream place to visit in the whole world was Jeju island. Despite this, I never went. I left South Korea after twelve months having never visited Jeju and thinking full well that I never would. Fast forward a couple of years and I met a lovely young lady – oh, how they change things – who was offered a job teaching English in Seogwipo, Jeju Island. Very unexpectedly I found myself returning to Korea. Daegu was a city of 2.5 million people and while I enjoyed my time there, I very much wished not to return because my life had taken a new path. Fortunately I had returned to somewhere completely new – a place I couldn’t have ever imagined existing in Korea.
I arrived in Daegu knowing nothing about it except that it had a population of around 2.5 million people. It wasn’t that there wasn’t information available on the internet, it was simply that I chose not to research where I was going. After a skiing accident in France in which I broke my back, I had come to the decision that my next step in life would be to teach English in South Korea for a year. Coming from a small village of a few hundred people, my main requirement was that I didn’t want to live in Seoul, a city with a metropolitan population of 25 million people, simply because it was very big.
The first reason to teach English in Istanbul is that it’s a great place for both new and experienced teachers. Although the size of the city may seem intimidating at first, relocating to a big place does have its advantages for newbies. In this massive metropolis, it’s fairly easy to blend in and get acclimated, especially if it’s your first stint teaching English abroad. Doing your first stint as an expat in Istanbul allows you to have access to modern conveniences while experiencing an ancient culture, as well. Below you will find 9 more reasons to teach English in Istanbul!
One of the best parts of teaching English abroad is getting the opportunity to go on culinary adventures and try unique foods. This can certainly still be the case for vegetarians, but it does require a bit more care and stealth when trying to figure out just what ingredients are in different dishes. In South Korea, this challenge is particularly prevalent. As a carnivore’s paradise, South Korean cuisine is almost entirely centered around meat, seafood, and rice, and oftentimes it can be hard to distinguish what is what. To top this off, a lot of the vegetable side dishes are coated in gochujang, a red chili paste that often has traces of fish bits in it. Dining out alone can also be a challenge, as meals at restaurants are almost always served family style, with large pots and bowls of various dishes making up a spread across the table. This makes it pretty hard to go out to eat with a group of people, especially if you are the lone vegetarian. In this article, I will tell you how to thrive as a vegetarian when teaching English in South Korea.
The first reason to teach English in South Korea is that it is very easy to get a job, especially if you’re a first-time teacher. Learning English is mandatory in South Korean public schools, meaning there is a huge demand for native speakers to teach. English is highly valued in their culture as well, to the extent that almost every child attends an after-school English academy in addition to participating in regular class at school. This allows potential teachers to have a variety of options when it comes to choosing a teaching job in South Korea. The requirements are also pretty basic. Legally, you must have a bachelors degree, but your major is irrelevant. Employers are more interested in you being a native speaker. However, the public school program (EPIK) recently passed a new law stating that any teacher who’d like to be considered must have a 120-hour TEFL certificate or higher qualification. Private academies (or ‘Hagwons’) get to make their own rules and decisions regarding this. Below are 9 more reasons to teach English in South Korea!
I arrived in the majestic city of Istanbul at the end of a six month hitchhiking journey across Europe with around twenty British pounds to my name. I was immediately captured by the fascinating architecture, mouth watering food, and magical buzz of the city. ‘We could live here,’ I said to the young lady who had given up her life on a whim to travel with me. ‘We could stop for a while and teach English.’ She agreed.
Food is a big concern for vegetarian teachers, especially when it comes to traveling outside the big city. Although Turkey is a meat-loving country known throughout the rest of the world for its famous kebabs, it also happens to be a vegetarian’s heaven on Earth. Even the locals may sometimes be confused when you make meat-free requests, but, whether they immediately think of it or not, Turkish cuisine has tons of vegetarian dishes ranging from sweet to savory and back again. You’ll never need to ask for a modified version of a dish, which kicks any chances of confusion out the window. Turks are also highly hospitable and true feeders, meaning you will most likely need to be wheeled out of whichever home or restaurant you dine at. Whether you’re after a big breakfast, a hearty dinner, or a snack while perusing the streets, there will literally be something for every taste on every city corner or household table.
A bad teaching experience can really ruin all the beautiful things that China has to offer. There are thousands of that become available every month, so there aren’t any reasons to be crammed in a classroom with 50 students or to pay an organization an TEFL internship fee. You can get a great teaching job at an international or local language school. TESOL jobs at language schools pay a starting salary of 7,000 rmb per month, which is twice as much what a TEFL internship in China offers. And besides, you don’t have to pay anyone a single penny to get your teaching job!