A white guy came in the other day with a Korean guy, both young.
I’m giving y’all the specifics because I live in a predominantly Asian and white suburb, however it’s not very common that the two mix, especially not outside of an educational setting. Naturally, this piqued my interest.
Turns out that S was visiting from South Korea, and was staying with B for two weeks. Hence the need to get a phone plan, provided by yours truly.
As we were setting up, I found out that B teaches English abroad, and has taught in Seoul, Shanghai, and in different parts of South America. I couldn’t contain my excitement as I told them that’s exactly what I’ve dreamed of doing since I was young (still am, who are we kidding), and at the very least, I’d have to try it out for a year after I finished my schooling.
This is the part where S came out of his shell a little bit, and talked excitedly about the opportunities in SK. This is actually where the two met, as B had taught in Korea. Years later, they’re still friends.
This is what I’ve learned about teaching English in SK, from them and from my own research:
- Your employer pays for your room and board
- Class sizes are small
- You can make more money with private academies, but run the risk of being scammed/unfairly treated (I’ve heard some horror stories); whereas at public schools, this is less likely to happen but they come with lower pay
- Eating local is inexpensive and healthy
- You can buy alcohol at the convenience stores. And according to S, a beer is $2 whereas here in Toronto, restos will charge ya $6!
Before they left, S let me know that he knows recruiters, and that he will reach out for me once I’m ready, leaving me his contact info. B echoed that S can hook me up with a good, reputable school, and he also left me a great website to post my resumé and look at job openings.
It was bomb meeting those two, and I can’t wait to make this thing happen!
Do you guys have any experience teaching abroad/share the same desire as me? Let me know in the comments below!