Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
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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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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One fun thing about teaching English in Korea is that you get to work with people from all over, meaning that there will inevitably be a variety of reactions to Korean winter. While people from the American south are bound to think it’s the coldest place on earth, Canadians like myself might argue that it’s not all that bad. However, no matter where you stand on the temperature, there are a few tips I’ve come to know to make your winters more bearable while teaching English in Korea.