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TPWM: the guys who know a guy

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!

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9 thoughts on “TPWM: the guys who know a guy

  1. I didn’t know you had taught in South Korea; that’s amazing! I haven’t taught abroad before, but will be embarking on my first trip for it this fall to France! I’ll keep you updated on how it goes!

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  2. I’m in the same boat as you are, I’m aspiring to teach english in SK too! The only problem I have is I I’m a person who loves company and I think I’ll go without it over there 😦

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