Join a library in Korea!
As a teacher in Korea, I found myself having a lot of down time in the mornings and early afternoons. Chungdahm teachers do not usually start work until 4 p.m. so if you are an early riser like me that gives you lots of free time during the day. One way that I like to spend my free time is by reading. I have always enjoyed reading and I remember before I came to Korea that was one of my big concerns. How was I going to get a hold of English books?
After being in Korea for almost a year, here is a little bit of advice for all those readers out there who have that same concern.
- Take the easy route and buy a Kindle. As much as I have fought buying one, I have to admit they are cheap, convenient, and function just fine overseas. I have yet to buy one but my girlfriend in Korea constantly brags about how great her Kindle is. I think she is right.
- So if you don’t want to go the Kindle route, you can always buy books online through Amazon or other online book retailers. Amazon has the widest selection but it can be costly to ship books overseas. My personal favorite is a store located in Seoul called What the Book. They ship anywhere in Korea for free and their selection is pretty good as well.
- So you are too cheap to buy a Kindle or books online? Then ask your co-workers and other expat friends to trade books. Trading books is a great way to save money and not accumulate tons of books during your year long stay.
- Last but not least is my best suggestion. Find a local library that has a decent English section and join it. I joined the local library in Jeju six months ago and I have not spent a dollar (or a won) on a book during that span. It’s free to join and all you need is an alien registration card which will be provided to you through Chungdahm.
So as you can see, there are a few options for obtaining books in Korea. So be smart and learn from me….don’t load your luggage down with lots of books!
Adam Montgomery is a 25-year old teacher at the Chungdahm Branch on Jeju. He has been teaching in Korea for under a year. When he is not teaching, he enjoys exploring the wonders of Jeju and Korea.