There are a ton of reasons why you should make the move and go teach in Korea. Here are the top six reasons.
For starters, you definitely learn a lot about yourself because you are living alone in Korea. Sure, you probably lived alone back at home, but how about actually being in a foreign country with people you don’t know at all and probably have a difficult time communicating with? That’s just the luxury of learning how independent and how strong you are as a character, but I assure you, it’s not as hard as you think!
Patience is one thing I learned on the job. Working with children with all sorts of English levels, you need to learn to be patient. Sometime it’s a babysitting job, sometimes it’s actually fun. Coming from New York, I was definitely a hot head and had no patience for family sometimes, things have definitely changed for the better now!
Remember all those cool stories you heard from your parents and grandparents about when they were young? Yeah, well you have the same to share with your children and grandchildren because you’ll be telling them about a country that is not at the top of their list (usually) to visit. There is no way to really explain how living Korea actually is until you experience it yourself. I’ve had so many friends come to visit and actually was persuaded by the experience to move to Korea. There’s nothing more to tell you other than “there’s a lot of crazy and unexpected things that happen in Korea.”
3. Save a great deal of money
So this may not apply to everyone, depending on what your goals are and how you can actually manage your money in Korea. For the most part, there were a handful of friends living in Korea that were able to save a lot. This does not mean that they did not go out and part and have a good time. They sure were no hermit crabs, but they were able to put aside some money and pay off their college loans. There have been a number of teachers here that were able to save over a thousand a month to send home.
4. Meet new people
Koreans are one of the friendliest people ever. It is so easy to meet new people who include locals and foreigners for the simple reason that it’s a great expat community. Furthermore, locals are always down to practice English and are thrilled by the opportunity to do so. Many of them are shy, but you will find that a great deal of locals want to be your friend and want you to open up to them and hang out. The number of people you meet in Korea is endless and although people come and go, you will make a great deal of friendships abroad.
5. Learn a new language
Learning a new language is always a plus. Being abroad allows for you to be a bi-lingual, tri-lingual or even a quad-lingual like myself. There's actually a lot of benefits behind this when living in a place like America. Many people do not expect a foreigner to speak English so Koreans will practice with you, in the cab ride included. Take these terms back to America and you'll blow everyone else out the water. Take your Korean to a Korean restaurant and get a bunch of freebies and benefits. Even without studying the language, you definitely learn to pick up a handful of phrases that can be used to be impress others. You'll be surprised at how easy it is and the fact that it's so easy to find free classes as well as conversation partners that are extremely willing to teach and speak English Korean with you.
The concept of living once should be a good enough reason to make the big switch over. Living in Korea is an experience that you will never forget. Being able to experience a new life, seeing things that you may never see again, experiencing the unimaginable, and making memories that you will never forget. The best thing about living in Korea is having the opportunity to travel across to the surrounding countries, even if it's just for a weekend. Flights going out of Korea is so cheap that making the splurge with it. It's one of the best places to live, enjoy the culture and travel to the other Asian countries with constant low priced deals. The experience and opportunity abroad definitely takes it to the next level.
Graduating with a double major in Communications and Chinese from Rutgers University, it wasn’t long after working in the Big Apple that Cindy Ung decided to take a break from the cliché 9-5 lifestyle and move to Korea to teach English for CDI. Making the bold step to leave her comfortable, mapped out life in the States, she has fallen more in love with the Korean culture as each day passes. With weekly mountain hikes, weekend road trips, discovering great foods and beauty products, constantly meeting new people, her life in Korea has been everything but mapped out.
Check out Cindy’s blog to get a glimpse of what Korea has to offer!