The benefits of learning Korean go far beyond just being able to communicate on a daily basis. Becoming a student in this country has allowed me to change places with the children I teach, and it has been eye opening.
Contract renewal in Korea can be a daunting event as you won’t know if they want you for a second year until they ask. This is something I experienced recently as I came to the end of my first year with EPIK.
Weekend travel in Korea is something that many foreigners engage in regularly for a number of different reasons. Mainly because of how easy and cheap it is to do, but also because of the many great things to see here.
My teaching schedule in Korea is with the EPIK program and it is amazing. I’m 27 years old and have been working ever since my 16th birthday. 10 plus years working, 5 of which have been professional, and never have I had a job where I’ve gotten this much time off while STILL getting paid.
The Korean workplace atmosphere is an important thing to take note of in teaching. This is the atmosphere around you when you aren’t in the classroom teaching. You’ll either be in your own abode planning lessons in your empty classroom, or if it isn’t exclusive to you, you’ll be working in the Teachers’ Office.
The co-teaching relationship between you and your co-teacher, or better yet, the chemistry, is the chief element that can dictate success or failure in the classroom. Sounds a bit harsh, or too rigid, too black and white, though, doesn’t it?
Dealing with children in Korea has really been an eye opener. When I was trying to decide where to teach, I kept hearing about how teaching in South Korea was one of the best ESL teaching jobs in the world.