Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
One thing that really stood out for me when choosing to teach English in South Korea was location. Traveling around Asia is so easy, mainly because many of the airlines have budget friendly fares, meaning you can have an amazing week long vacation for less than a few hundred dollars. Since moving to South Korea, I have already visited China, Japan and Thailand, and soon I will visit Bali during our Christmas vacation. Friends of mine, who are also English teachers in South Korea, have visited Vietnam, The Philippians, and even Australia.
When I started University back in 2008, I knew that when I finished I would go traveling. I didn’t know where or how, but I knew I wanted leave Ireland for a few years to explore. So, when I found an advertisement from Aclipse on my college website, while I was in my finial year, I knew that teaching English abroad would be a great way to do this. Likewise, this next serious of video blogs will talk to other English teachers from America and England who have made the journey to South Korea and are loving every minute. Blog one is with Anisa, who is from the United Kingdom:
We live in a smartphone world. My dependence on my iPhone is, undoubtedly, ridiculous, and yet I just need it. Living in Korea has made my borderline addiction a little bit more understandable, though, because I use my phone constantly to get information about buses, subways, restaurants, and events. Living in an unfamiliar place is made so much easier by the accessibility of information on the internet and through apps, so here are the most useful apps I've found (and used!) while in Korea.
People who decide to become an English teacher overseas always ask: Which country should I teach in? The world is a fascinating and beautiful place, but here are the reasons why I decided that Korea was and is the best place for me:
We all know that life can be hard at times. Living in a foreign country away from your family, friends, and home can make a bad day... even worse. Since we all have tough days, I thought it would be helpful to show some examples of what difficulties to expect and how to I got through it.
As this will be the last blog I write for Aclipse for a while at least, I wanted to look back at the posts I've made that have chronicled my time in Korea. But I also want to look ahead for progress' sake. What value will another diary post have for you, reader? So I've decided to select the Aclipse blog posts from the past year that are most useful to read for somebody who is deciding or has decided to embark for South Korea. I'll do this chronologically starting with the oldest. Thanks for reading.
When I was in my final year of university in Ireland I had decided that I would like to travel. I wanted to see Asia in particular, as I had not been there before. I wanted to see as many countries as possible, for as long as possible. So I thought, what better way to travel than Teach English. Then I saw an advert on my university notice board advertising an English Teaching job in South Korea. South Korea, I had never even thought about visiting South Korea when I was looking into travelling, I’d looked at Thailand, China, Japan and even Malaysia but not South Korea. One year on I can honestly say it’s been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. South Korea is an amazing country, not only is it an ideal location to teach English, but because of its location you can travel to almost anywhere in Asia with ease, something I have taken full advantage of this past year. This blog will give a brief summary of some of the best thing about being an English Teacher (from Ireland) in South Korea.
Taxes. Did you know that the United States is the only major power that requires all its citizens to report their worldwide income? If you’ve moved down to Antarctica, built yourself an igloo, and trade snowberries for penguin toenail clippings, you have to report just how many clippings you’ve collected to the United States by June 15th. Why June 15th and not April 15th? Well, I have some information for you that will help you report your foreign income and file your U.S. taxes while abroad. I just finished mine.
I'm pretty sure you've heard by now that Korea is amazing. And my list of reasons WHY continues to grow. While living here for the past two years, I've grown to love the culture and the people. Although there are still a few things that bother me, I can't imagine how life will be when I move home. I think Korea actually changes everyone, each in a different way. Here are a few ways Korea has spoiled me and made life that much easier:
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