One of the huge pluses of living abroad is that you move closer to countries that you want to visit. Living in South Korea gives you cheaper access to Southeast Asia, China, and Japan. For Chusok, a Thanksgiving-like Holiday in Korea, a couple friends and I traveled to Tokyo for four days. The experience was incredible.
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
One of the greatest things about becoming an ESL teacher for Chungdahm is the large amount of time you’re going to have off. Between the hours themselves, level tests, and holidays, you’re definitely going to have a good amount of time off, so you need to take advantage of it. I personally have not had to work a Wednesday in my 11 months living here. It’s been awesome. And this semester no one in my branch is working Wednesdays so we’ve made it a point to go on Wednesday adventures and enjoy the beginning stages of springtime in Korea. This past Wednesday we hiked Bugaksan, situated in the heart of Seoul, right behind Gyeongbukgong Palace. It was a great hike with a little history mixed in and some great views of the surrounding mountains and the city itself.
I experienced an immense time of growth while teaching in Korea. Although teaching English was merely a means for me to spend time with my grandparents and family, I acquired numerous skills from teaching that I’m sure will prove useful in life. In addition, there were so many things to do in Seoul, and I certainly made the most of it.
Korea is a place that I have been to many times before. However, living here on my own shed a new and unfamiliar light on everything I did. Growing up in he U.S., I never learned Korean properly, which is highly frowned upon in Korea. I felt out of my comfort zone and judged by family and strangers. Luckily, a fellow instructor at my ChungDahm branch was kind enough to give me Korean lessons. I learned so much, and now I freely speak Korean with confidence.
It’s been a little over 11 months since I’ve started teaching English in Korea with Chungdahm, and already my one year contract is coming to an end. I must say the time flew by. I remember before coming here, I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d get out of it other than a new experience. My friends and family assumed that I was going for fun and thought that it wouldn’t benefit me career wise. However, I knew there was nothing to lose and that there would be something to learn. In fact, teaching English in Korea has been more rewarding than I expected.
One of those rewards is public speaking. Public speaking was never my thing. Whenever I had to speak in front of a crowd, actually even just a group of people, I would get nervous, blank out, and have the voice of a chick. Teaching and speaking in front of a group of students on a daily basis, has allowed me to practice and become a better public speaker. Confidence can be heard through the projection of my voice and have learned to relax, take my time to collect my ideas and speak.
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When you teach English in Korea at Chungdahm there is a fairly set curriculum (some classes, such as masters, have more freedom with the material), so I was a little worried as to how much I would like what I am teaching. When I received my books however, all of my fears vanished. Despite the occasional dry or uninteresting class, the research and development team has done a great job of creating exciting and interesting lectures for the students as well as for us teachers. Here are a few of my favorite class topics.
Before I came to teach English in Korea, there were a million and five questions I had in terms of how I was going to live. Although excited, I was very concerned about how I would adjust to living without things I was used to. There are things that happen in our day to day life routine that are not thought about, but just done out of habit. Three of the things that you can live without with over in Korea are: 1) Television, 2) Dryer, and 3) Car.
If I went back in time to talk to myself in the middle of university, I wouldn’t have believed that I’d be teaching English in Korea. Like most of my colleagues at my branch, we weren’t studying to become educational professionals. Since I am approaching the end of my 2nd year and my time in Korea next week, I’d like to reflect on some of the most rewarding things I’ve taken away from teaching English in Korea. I hope these aspects of life here will shed some light on what some are some of the more gratifying aspects of teaching here for those who haven’t really considered teaching English for awhile after university.
One of the great things about teaching English in Korea for Chungdahm is that instructors have the opportunity to make extra money during the students’ summer and winter breaks. During this time, Chungdahm offers Winter/Summer Workshops which are three hour classes in the morning usually from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Depending on your branch, class schedule may be a bit different. The class subjects range from basic reading, listening, and comprehension to TOEFL test preparations.
It’s a great way to make use of the extra time Instructors have in the morning. Instructors performing these workshops will have the option to work as little as 2 days a week, and if you’re ambitious up to 6 days a week. Currently I am doing 6 days a week. I admit, it does get intense and tiring, but the good thing is it’s only for a month. The good chunk of money I’ll be making is worth suffering for only a month.
There were many factors to consider before making the final decision to come to teach English in South Korea. I probably thought about it for a good 6 months. Here’s a list of concerns I had and the reasons why I chose to come to Korea to teach English. Hopefully this list will help you decide as well or just calm your fears.
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