Sonia writes her last post about her wonderful TESOL experience in South Korea and shares a couple of things that you probably wouldn’t know until you got there. Enjoy! You should know about the yellow dust season, particularly if you have allergies. It comes between spring and summer, and it’s exactly what it sounds like- […]
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There are plenty of interesting things to see and do in South Korea. About half the population identifies as Christian, which accounts for all the red neon crosses in the city night sky, and the other half identifies as Buddhist, which leaves you with a lot of old, beautifully painted temples to explore. Most small […]
Public transportation in South Korea is great in a lot of ways. It’s generally cheap, quick, and reliable. Subways operate in only a few major cities. By far the most extensive metro system is in Seoul, with several very long and interconnecting lines. You must buy a T-money card from a kiosk in or near […]
This next post is about all the fun you’re going to have teaching English in South Korea! There are the regular options like movies or dance clubs, but there are some things that Korea does like no place else, so read on!
The food in South Korea is very different and takes time to enjoy it. When I first moved into my apartment in Seoul, I could hardly bare to the open the refrigerator door for fear of the aroma that would pour out and linger in the room for an uncomfortably long period of time. Fortunately enough, […]
Grocery shopping can be done at large chains like Homeplus (owned by the British company Tesco), Grandmart, or E-Mart. They are a lot like Walmart and offer a mix of clothing, housewares, and food (Mostly Korean with a bit of foreign produce). In smaller towns such large chains may not be available, in which case […]
Korean culture is collective. Family, social connections, and a feeling of oneness are extremely important in Korean society. Most Western cultures by contrast, are individualistic. Growing up in New York, I was taught to value uniqueness and creativity, so the Korean emphasis on sameness did not appeal to me right away. Find Hagwon Teaching Jobs […]
Language can be one of the more daunting parts of living in Asia. If you are in or around Seoul you may find some signs in English and some Korean English-speakers, not to mention a large community of English-speaking expats, but if you are outside the capital city, English usage can be quite sparse. Most […]
Are you ready to teach English in South Korea?! There are basically 3 kinds of teaching opportunities: hagwons (English academies), public schools (EPIK), and English villages. Each has advantages and disadvantages over the others, depending on your list of priorities.
I arrived in Seoul around midnight on a Friday, jet-lagged and sleep-deprived with two bags of what I deemed my most important possessions at the time.