Since 2011, I have been teaching in Korea at ChungDahm's GangDong branch and have enjoyed everything about it. One of reasons why I ended up staying in Korea for so long is because of the people I've met. I have built relationships that will last me a lifetime, so when my colleague Erin Stuebben told me she was leaving I was really saddened. As she was packing for her move, I asked her if she could answer some questions for me She was great about it and on her last working day on Friday at 5AM in the morning, I got her email response. I was really touched that she did this for me. Below are her thoughts and experiences, from the beginning to end, of her time working for ChungDahm and living in Korea:Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
The travel experience. The new culture. The interesting foods. The amazing people, both native and foreign. The adventure at large. I could go on and on about the many reasons that exist for teaching in South Korea. However, one aspect that is often overlooked is almost always the one that expats remember the most when their time in South Korea is over. The students, the children, the little rascals who provide incredibly unexpected and rewarding experiences on a frequent basis. My kids are at the center of some of my favorite memories from the 15 months I've lived here.
So it comes that time again to talk about “renewing my contract.” It’s been another six months teaching since my term break and my manager approached me this week asking whether or not I will sign again, hoping that I will sign again of course. Giving me just two weeks to decide, it’s a tough going for sure. There is still so much that I want to do in Korea that I feel like I haven’t yet. I am also lost in the transition of whether or not I want to teach forever or go back to my New York roots. With that said, this week has been difficult for sure. There’s been a lot of thinking, laughter, and tears with family and friends discussing the issue.
Which is more important, a beginning or an ending? Which would you prefer? Which has more value? I feel that common wisdom suggests that you should value the vast opportunity a beginning offers more than the scary and absolute finitude that an ending promises. But having lived in the comfortable confines of South Korea for over a year now, I’ve learned some things about beginnings and endings. Having said so many, I know about about hellos and goodbyes.
It's been just about a year since I moved to Korea. In most ways, it feels like I left the States just yesterday. But in some ways, it feel like I left it a lifetime ago. One reason is the sheer amount of great experiences I've had while teaching English in Korea. Let me share some with you: