An English camp in Korea is set up for students to attend during the summer months when they have more free time from their regular schools. Not all EPIK teachers are asked to teach in one of these but I was and I loved it.
Being adaptable in Korea is essential. When I first moved here, I was really nervous about making new friends. I lived in the smallest state in America, Rhode Island. Moving halfway across the world with just my husband was not only adventurous but nerve racking at the same time.
School variety is something I am used to, I was first informed I would be teaching at two schools in Daejeon the last day of my EPIK orientation. I was excited because I would have a split schedule and experience in a number of different school settings.
The benefits of teaching in Korea are excellent. Korea is one of the most financially rewarding places to teach in all of Asia and you will not be disappointed as a teacher here.
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.
Shopping in Korea is a huge deal and goes far beyond the level of shopping done back home in the states. South Korea is a country with centuries of history, elaborate Buddhist temples, vast mountain ranges, and possibly the most logical phonetic alphabet system in the world.
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.