If you’re thinking about teaching English in South Korea, you may want to consider rural areas. Big cities like Seoul offer a lot to do and see, but the rural areas are also full of adventure as well as gorgeous views. You may be wondering what life will be like in the countryside. Luckily, there are many perks to living in rural South Korea. Keep reading to find out more about what to expect!
After my first year in Busan, there was still plenty to see and do, and I wanted to continue teaching English in Seoul to explore a bigger city with more exciting options. My easy, breezy, beach life is over, and now the bright lights of the Seoul keep me awake and alive at all hours. I have had so many opportunities for me to explore all of my interests in Soeul. My life is incredibly exciting all thanks to this history and culture-rich city, which never seems to sleep! Here are the top 5 reasons I love teaching English in Seoul.
When I researched TESOL jobs in Korea, I knew the country was pretty small as a whole and only considered the capital. I had had a close friend who taught in a small suburb and loved it, so I jumped at the opportunity to head to the hustle and bustle of another city. About a month before leaving for my new job, I met someone who said they would be teaching English in Busan. I knew a few others who had spent time teaching in Busan, and I had to admit that it was very attractive having been called the Vancouver or Miami of Korea. Having lived in Vancouver and having visited Miami, these two cities could not be more different. I was intrigued! I knew I had to visit, so I put it on my Korea bucket list. I had no job and no apartment, but I boarded the KTX with two large suitcases, a heavy duffel bag, and my big girl purse, and took the bullet train down to Busan. Within a few days everything was sorted and I started a new job in Hwamyeong, a “new city” suburb in the North West pocket of Busan (a $12 cab ride to the Gimhae Airport or 45 minutes on the subway and the light-rail rapid transit). Here are 5 things I love about teaching English in Busan!
One of the greatest benefits of teaching abroad is giving yourself the opportunity to travel to countries that you probably would not have otherwise ever visited. Teaching English in a foreign country is different from teaching in an ordinary school in your home country. While teachers in North America and other Western countries often struggle with long hours, homework of their own, disgruntled parents, and salary disputes, ESL teachers abroad are often given somewhat of a golden ticket- that is, if they choose a country that is viable in this regard. Rather than accepting a position out of desperation for work, ESL teachers have the luxury of having more options and thus being more picky with teaching jobs. Of course, there will be certain schools, countries, and continents that will not provide you with the means to lead a lavish lifestyle. However, with a proper look and some disciplined planning, you’ll swiftly find yourself on the road less-traveled. Read: The Best Places to Teach and Travel
Jumping the pond to begin a journey as an ESL teacher abroad is an exciting time. Rookie teachers will surely see stars, envisioning a new and exotic chapter of their lives. While this is an awesomely optimistic attitude to have and definitely a great foot to start the experience on, there are certain realities that need to be recognized, accepted, and prepared for. Here are just a few of the challenges that you will inevitably face teaching abroad.
As a former employee of Thailand Supahnburi English Teacher Agency I highly recommend the agency to teachers looking for employment in the Suphanburi area of Thailand. I was placed in a primary school teaching position by TSETA in October 2013 and remained employed for my agreed upon contract period through March 2014. Here I tell you a little more about how TSETA supported me all the way and why you too should use TSETA’s free recruitment services in Thailand!
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.