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Korea is Perfect for Couples who Want to Teach and Travel

Posted on Tue, May 31, 2016 @ 05:13 PM

Are you a couple? Do you want to travel? If your answer is yes to both of these questions, then choosing Korea as an ESL destination is the right choice for you! Many young and even married couples wish to travel and experience a new adventure. However, often both partners are worried to be separated by the long distance. Teaching English in Korea presents the perfect opportunity to travel abroad, live and teach together, and experience endless adventures.  Korea is in fact a country that is renowned for couple t-shirts (identical men and women t-shirts) and couple outings. 

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At Chungdahm Learning it is possible to apply as a couple to teach English in Korea. For example, my boyfriend and I have worked at the same ChungDahm branch in the past and now currently are working at two different locations. When we worked at the same branch it was really easy to respect one another’s work space and keep a professional attitude at work. Our academy was very welcoming and supportive of our relationship, and respected our private lives. However, working at the same academy had its' challenges such as sharing the same students and working in a competitive environment.  It was also difficult to travel at the same time. 

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We are now working at two different branches, Daechi and Songpa , and live in the middle in Jamsil. It works out perfectly because, it takes  about 30 minutes to travel to work by walking or subway, and we can have separate lives at work. This helps with being able to chat about more things when we get home; develop our own working skills and deal without the competitive work environment in an individual way. A huge perk about working at different locations is we can request vacation at the same time, and possibly look forward to doing some traveling abroad this year. 

Below are three reasons why teaching abroad in Korea as a couple can be very beneficial.

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1. Save More! 

Living and teaching in Korea as a couple can help you save double the money you would have saved on your own! The greatest benefit is living together and making the same decent salary. Since Korea is super-affordable to live in, utilities such as gas, electricity, and water will be a low cost to share. Also, you could share an internet contract and link your phone and television as a family plan to it. Most couples only use one phone and prefer to have Smartphone devices and data top-up packages. Couples can also save money by splitting housing costs. For example, my boyfriend and I put money aside into a "house-jar” and when ever one of us needs to buy something for the house, we just take what we need. 

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Many young couples teach in Korea to save money for their weddings, travels or buying a car or a house. It’s possible to live off one persons salary and save the other salary in full. Recently, a good friend of mine and her fiancé, saved enough money over two years in Korea, to pay for their wedding in-full, and put a lump-sum down for their first housing-bond. Another friend and his girlfriend saved-up enough money to pay off their student loans and travel South-East Asia for six months after their contract ended in Korea. 

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2. Learn More! 

There will not be many times in your life when you and your partner will have the same job. Often couples bond over their teaching skills, their Korean students and how to brighten up the classroom. Both people will learn a lot from each other and find ways to support one another in a job that could be quite challenging at times. This shared experience can at times be difficult, but at most, it has more pros than cons. For example, my boyfriend and I look forward to strolling to the office everyday and laughing over coffee about our cutest and worst students throughout our teaching experience. We also teach each other new skills, and help each other with various ideas that work in the classroom. 

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Another bonus, is learning from cultural experiences you both encounter. You could study Korean together, or take up Taekwondo classes, or join a hiking group on the weekends. Also, you will have someone to explore Korea with and participate in joint cultural activities such as learning to make Kimchi in the countryside or spending Chuseok weekend with a group Korean friends you met in the gym. The greatest benefit for couples opposed to traveling on your own, is that you will never feel isolated or alone, and when you need someone to talk to, there is your significant-other for support. 

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3. Travel More! 

Korea loves couples! If there is any country in the world for couples to travel, Korea's the place! Korean people and Korean culture is big on couples and as a result the country has created an atmosphere suited for a couple environment. Local travel is perfect for couples, offering plenty of romantic getaways nationwide.

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Places like Jeju Island, Namsan Tower, and Soraksan National Park are some of the many special locations couples can travel to. There are also plenty of parks and outdoor activities to enjoy.  You will see Korean couples with their tents and picnic blankets relaxing on the grass for the day; while others cycle on tandem bicycles down the Han River. 

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What's even better, you will always have someone to travel internationally with! You could experience places like the white-sand beaches of the Philippines; the sacred temples of Vietnam or climb Mt. Fuji in the heart of winter!  Traveling together has its perks, like sharing an expensive hotel room or sipping on cocktails in a couples massage package!


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Traveling with someone usually saves a lot of money on travel, because you can share costs on taxis, kayaks, scooters and hotel rooms. Also, you could prepare meals together or travel with another couple, and take advantage of group specials or shared condos with BBQ and cooking areas. 

I hope this blog has helped convey all the perks there is to teaching in Korea as a couple. Below I have compiled a list of pros and cons that you may want to consider when deciding to teach abroad with your significant other. 

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Save one full monthly salary

Living in a small Korean apartment can be difficult

Spend half on rent and utilities

Competitive teaching environment

Spend half on unlimited internet cap

Who is going to pay the bills?

Never travel alone

Academy working hours

Share travel costs like taxi’s and hotel’s

Sleeping schedule could be different

Have the same career

Respecting each other’s different teaching styles

A memorable bonding experience

Different level of cleanliness  

Korea is big on couple activities and events


Dividing chores and bill payments


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It is no surprise that Tijana Huysamen, a South African born Capetownian, avid traveler and travel journalist, fell in love with South Korea and its people. After Tijana arrived in South Korea in 2010, she had the opportunity to live in the heart of the Korean countryside. During her time spent in Chungnam province she learned to speak Korean, prepare Korean food and experience the humble nature of the countryside people.  After a year break in New York, Tijana jumped at the opportunity to return to Korea again, and is currently working at the CDI Jamsil Branch, in Jamsil, Seoul. Read Tijana’s Aclipse blog to gain a unique perspective on Korea and her shared experiences and adventures both in a major city and in the countryside. Follow Tijana on Twitter @TeeAnni or email tijanahuysamen120@hotmail.com to request more information on teaching in Korea!


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