Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
Celebrating your birthday abroad can be a daunting thought if you are used to partying with your family and friends. It is a time when you feel very homesick, especially when your birthday is in the heart of the Korean winter time. In South Africa this time of year it is sunny and my birthday is usually outdoors at a beach or in a sunny warm spot. Coming to Korea I have had to become used to a cold and often snowy birthday. So, to tackle the blues I have come up with alternative ways to enjoy birthdays in Korea. All you need is a group of good friends who love adventure and don't mind venturing into the freezing cold.
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:
There are many questions people have when they look into moving abroad to teach English, and I was no exception. The main priority for me was accommodation. I live in Daegu, South Korea, which is Korea's third largest city. This video is a tour of my apartment. And while it is small, it has everything I need. Also it's rent-free and I get free internet and a really nice TV:
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So, you're thinking of moving to Korea to teach English. Maybe you already know a lot about the country, maybe you don't. But, you hear it's a good place to live and work, and you're absolutely right. However, in your internet research and conversations with family and friends, you've probably come across a lot of sweeping statements about the country and its people that have given you pause. While I'm no expert, let me attempt to mythbust some of the more common misconceptions about living and working in Korea.
Being an English Teacher in South Korea is amazing. Not only is the job great, but also there are so many things to see and do. What's more is that you can do many amazing things here in Korea, for free. Whether you want to see a festival, go for a hike or simply watch some body painting. South Korea has it all. In Daegu, South Koreas, third largest city, this is certainly the case. Last weekend, I decided to visit the Local Arboretum. The last time we went here it was autumn, so all of the trees were red, gold and yellow, it was amazing. This time, however, it was spring. The sun was out, it was warm & there were flowers everywhere. What makes this even more awesome is that this area used to be landfill, that's right, a landfill. Around seven years ago, Daegu City decided to turn this wasteland into something useful, and wow did they do just that.
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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.
What I love most about Teaching English and living in South Korea, is that there is always some sort of festival going on. Whether its body painting, a lantern festival or a mask festival, South Korea is packed with fun and interesting things to see and do. This season happens to be marathon season, with many marathons happening up and down the country; from Seoul to Daegu and Busan just to name a few!
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This is my second Baseball season as an English Teacher in South Korea. Last year, I blogged about baseball and how the Samsung Lions won the League. Well, the season has just kicked off again! As a word of advice for anyone who is considering going to a baseball game in Korea, it is definitely worth it! There is so much fun and hype behind each and every game, I would go to all of them if possible.
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