What It’s Like to Live, Work & Play in South Korea | IN PHOTOS!
Going to teach abroad is so much more than just teaching! Sometimes it’s difficult to explain things in words, so here’s a brief look at what it’s like to live, work and play in South Korea as a foreigner.
ARRIVING IN KOREA
It’s a long flight over but it’s totally worth it! That initial sense of ‘awe’ you experience on your first day is something you’ll remember forever. It’s a feeling of wonder and excitement with a mix of adrenaline and a little bit of nervousness.
MOVING INTO YOUR NEW APARTMENT
Getting to your apartment and seeing where you’ll be living for the next 12 months is comforting ~ you’re new home! Knowing it’s rent free makes it that much sweeter!
FIRST DAY OF WORK
One of your co-teachers will likely meet you at your apartment on the first day of work and walk with you to the school. It’s time to meet your other co-workers for the first time and begin introducing yourself to the students ~ they’ll be eager to get a look at their new ‘western’ teacher. After the introductions you’ll be placed on a 3-5 day orientation and training period in order to learn the ropes!
TEACHING ENGLISH MON-FRI
What you’re here for! It usually takes 3-4 weeks to settle into your role as a teacher, familiarize yourself with the schools textbooks, learn and remember the names of your students and develop a rapport with your fellow teachers. Being a good teacher is demanding but watching students learn English – from your teaching – is a truly gratifying feeling.
+ FIELD TRIPS WITH STUDENTS
+ HAVING FUN WITH YOUR STUDENTS
Teaching English will be your job, however, you’ll have plenty of time for adventures during weekends and vacation breaks. Because Korea’s geographically small, and has incredible public transportation, it’s super easy to travel around the country in a short period. Best of all, your monthly salary is more than enough to cover whatever you could possibly want to do!
+ ENDLESS EXPLORING
There’s no shortage of nightlife in Korea’s sprawling entertainment districts. Every weekend, bars, restaurants, clubs and the streets in general are packed with young people looking for a fun night out. If you happen to like singing then you’re in for a treat! Korean’s have a passion for Karaoke and there are themed Karaoke rooms (known as Noribong’s) everywhere…literally everywhere!
Eating out regularly, like once a day regularly, is quite common. There are restaurants on every street serving great Korean food and lots of options for Italian and Western style dishes at affordable prices. In many cases, eating out in Korea is just as cheap as cooking in your apartment.
ABSORBING CULTURE & BECOMING KOREAN
Korea has something for everyone from the ‘cool and interesting’ to the totally ‘weird and whacky!’. Finding your ‘inner Korean’ is only a matter of time once you’re there.
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