I must confess when I graduated University, I didn’t expect to go abroad to teach English in Korea. It didn’t even appear on my long term plans. But, like many who graduated with liberal arts degrees during a recession, my plans were open to every opportunity that presented itself. When I found out about teaching in Korea, about how desirable native English speakers are, and how easy it is to find a job over here, my ears perked up. Not to mention my parent’s interest at the idea of me finally getting a job and off their couch.
So here’s how I found the application process: exhausting and restless. I was so excited to have a real job that I wanted to leave as soon as I could. I did not realize that in order to teach, or work, in a foreign country would require a fair amount of sitting and waiting time. I first made contact to Aclipse through my brother. I did some looking on my own as well, Aclipse's website was just the easiest to use.
After I sent in my resume, I heard back from my recruiter within one week. She was friendly and nice and she answered all my questions. I was motivated to keep moving through the process.
She told me what to do next. Write the essay, answer the questions she sent over, and get ready for my phone interview. I wrote my essay and had fellow English majors edit it and then waited for the interview. Now I know that I might have gone a little overboard, but I wore a suit during the phone interview. I figured it couldn’t hurt and I might as well get into the mindset of the interview rather than wear my pjs.
After hearing that I passed the interview, signing the paper work, the real wait began: the FBI background check. If I can give any advice it’s this: if you want to teach in Korea, and you’re an American, start the background check process when you begin looking at companies. It took me about three months before I got the check back.
Once I received the background check and sent it off to my recruiter the rest of the process was a piece cake. Getting the visa was really easy since all I had to do was fill out a form and send off my passport.
I booked my flight, went to (and passed) training, and now here I am: Teaching in Korea and loving it. I might not have planned on Korea, but I wouldn’t regret it for anything.
Max Brodsky was born and raised in Colorado and he is currently teaching in Cheonan, Korea. Realizing that a degree in English from Colorado State University will lead him to teaching or writing, he decided to head over to Korea to test the waters before jumping in. Max found that he loves every minute he gets to spend in the classroom teaching and has found a wealth of writing material. He is excited for this year abroad. Follow Max to see how teaching affects him over the year!