The size of the apartment that you will be given to stay in while you are teaching in Korea will depend on the city and area where you are working. Below is a video by an English teacher who is working and living in the northern part of Seoul. The apartment is an ‘Office-tel’, which have a living area on the main level with the sleeping area on the second level. These Office-tels are also used for businesses as a cheap alternative to a full office. Check out the video below:
March 23, 2013
February 13, 2013
2) Prepare. You need to realize that you are not going to find all of the comforts of home, so you will have to be ready to adjust. When you get to Korea, look for stores that carry the foods you are looking for; even something as simple as finding the cereal that you like will make you feel a little closer to home while you are in your adjustment phase
3) Enjoy a simpler life. There will only be a certain number of channels on TV that will be in English, so if you are a big TV watcher, you will have to find other ways to spend your time. Explore your new city, and find things that will occupy you in your free time
4) Try to meet as many people as possible. Meeting new people and creating friendships is one of the best benefits that teaching abroad can offer, so take advantage of it. Everyone you meet will be doing the same thing as you, so you will have that in common. It is also important not to be too quick to judge people when you first meet them; you will find that some of your new friends will be very different from the people you usually hang out with back home, but this is a good thing
5) Don’t be too judgemental. You will inevitably notice things that Koreans will do things that will not make sense to you whatsoever; don’t hold this against them but try and understand the reasoning behind it. You don’t have to agree, but understanding is better than being annoyed
6) Stay as long as you can. Most people plan their return home before they even leave to teach in Korea. While this is a natural thing to do, don’t limit yourself to a deadline. You have no idea what is in store for you, so the best advice is to go with the flow and see where the journey takes you
January 15, 2013
For anyone working as an English teacher overseas in Korea, you may want to take a look at the ATEK website to gain more knowledge of your rights while you are in Korea teaching English, as well as the various ways in which you can contribute to the advancement of English education in Korea.
ATEK was created to give ESL teachers in Korea a voice. Here is their mission statement:
If you are teaching in Korea already, and would like to join ATEK, you can obtain your membership here
July 12, 2012
If you are teaching English and living in Korea, you need to be aware that the laws for drugs are not the same as they are at home. If caught with marijuana in Korea, you can face a fine of up to 50 million Won and 5 years in prison.
Take a look at the article below to see if smoking pot in Korea is worth the risk. We don’t think it is.
May 29, 2012
If you are teaching in Korea or planning on going to Korea soon to teach English, you are going to want to try Korean food. You might not know much about Korean food now, but once you discover how amazing it is, you will most likely become a fan of it and incorporate it in your diet…even after you return home from Korea!
For more information about the food that you can find in Korea, check out our Korean food page here.
No matter what city in Korea you end up teaching in, you will inevitably have ‘western’ restaurants in your city. These can include Indian, Thai, American or Mexican.
For some great insight as to the ‘best of the west’ that Korea has to offer, check out Jackie Bolen’s post on The Best Expat Restaurants in Korea.
March 30, 2012
January 6, 2012
We are looking for a Korean American/Canadian teacher to work for the Samsung Office in Gumi, Korea for a February start. Conversational classes only. Apply directly on our site here.
November 1, 2011
One of our schools in downtown, Gangnam, Seoul is looking for 5 teachers. They are in need of 1 teacher ASAP and 4 who can start in January. They are looking for people with degrees in Education or those with teaching certification, but everyone is invited to apply.
Please fill out our application form here and indicate in the comments box that you are interested in this specific school.
September 5, 2011
Below is a great site for anyone teaching English in Korea who is looking to meet up with some expats:
July 12, 2011
Before you get on the flight to Korea to start your new adventure teaching English, it is a good idea to try to make sure that your first days in Korea are as pleasant as it can be. In order to do this, you want to do your best to make the flight is as enjoyable as possible and do your best to reduce your jet lag. Here are a few tips:
1) Fight jet lag: Drink a good amount of water to avoid dehydration (it enhances jet lag)