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:
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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.
Despite being smaller than the state of Michigan, South Korea manages to pack a whole heck of a lot into an area that generates the world’s 15th highest gross domestic product (About $1 trillion.) How? Nobody can be sure, but whether it’s the Miracle on the Han River or the people’s sheer determination to be better, South Korea is a place of superlatives. One of those superlatives is Lotte World, the world’s largest indoor theme park.
Spring!! Sweet Spring! Our salvation. The white of winter melts away, and we are left with so much! So much … free time. Sure, you had plenty of free time in winter, but it was cold outside. Now that excuse is thankfully not excusable. So what’s an expat to do? Here are five happenings in South Korea during the next month.
Autumn is upon us and for all our sports fans, you know what that means. Yes, it is football (both American and soccer!) season and it is time to do some serious game watching. However, as an English teacher in South Korea, it can be difficult to watch and follow certain games. Mainly it has to do with the time difference, but I sometimes run into problems with access and availability of games. After over a year in Korea, here are a few things I have learned about watching games.
First off, if you are a European soccer fan, you are in luck. I am a huge Premier League fan and I follow most major European soccer leagues. I never have a problem watching games because soccer is probably the most televised sport in Korea. People here are avid soccer fans, especially the Premier League, and games will be played, replayed, and analysed throughout the week. Unforutanely, most of the commentary is in Korean but you can pay for channels within your basic cable package that do offer televised sports in English.