A reader writes in:
I hope you don’t mind me emailing you? I came across your blog whilst surfing online and would appreciate any advice from you with regard to teaching English in South Korea.
I’m South African and would be coming across in March 2010, I’ve been offered work in the province Chungcheongnamdo School District, can you please tell me more about it?
As you can imagine I’m a bit nervous as this is my first time working abroad in a foreign country so I’d like a bit more information i.e. advantages/disadvantages/pro’s/con’s with working and living in South Korea.
Any advice would be so much appreciated.
As far as accepting work in Korea, take a look at where Chungcheongnamdo is (the light green province):
- Relatively nice standard of living, even higher than in the US in some areas
- Easy-to-use public transportation
- Relatively clean and comfortable lifestyle
- Plenty of places to travel / plenty of things to do (even after 19 months of seeing one new place a week, there's plenty more to go).
- Plenty of community if you know where to look
- Some discrimination against foreigners
- Getting more difficult to find a quality job
- Very few career options - you need to break out of teaching unless you like making the same salary with little chance of raises
- The language barrier can limit contact with the locals
If you have a question of your own, write to me at chrisinsouthkorea AT gmail DOT com.
© Chris Backe - 2009