When people decide to move to Korea, a lot of them look at Seoul. A few more adventurous ones might side to Busan. Mostly everybody wants to live life in the big city, despite the fact that the countryside is arguably the best place to be. I have spent years now trying to talk to people out… Continue reading Five Reasons to Live in the Korean Countryside
A couple of days ago, I met a guy who was interested in teaching English in Korea. Or rather, he was interested in going to Korea. He told me flat out that he didn't want to "waste" money on a TEFL course, and had no prior teaching experience whatsoever. What he did have was the… Continue reading Five Ways to Help Your Lessons Not Suck
Koreans will proudly tell you that their country boasts all four seasons. They are distinctly separate, each with different dishes and experiences to offer both locals and visitors alike. Spring has the ephemeral cherry blossoms; fall has gorgeous, deep colors and spicy stews to warm up your bones; and the winter offers skiing and piping… Continue reading Summer Semester in Korea
Recent grads (and non-recent ones), take note! Two days ago, I made my last student loan payment after three years of teaching English in Korea. Here's how I did it.
Living rent-free for a year while teaching English is definitely an awesome deal. However, what might not be so great is your apartment. Real estate in Korea - especially in Seoul - can be insanely expensive, and you might find yourself envying the wide, open spaces offered by a refrigerator box.
Figuring out just how much you can save in Korea can be confusing. Use this guide to figure out your potential!
I will fully admit, when I was applying to EPIK I did not have it together. I was in my final semester of university, and stressed out. It took me forever to get my documents together, and I sent the wrong thing more than once. As it took me so long to get everything submitted, I didn't… Continue reading The Anxiety-Riddled Nerd’s Guide to the EPIK Application Timeline
I can recall, with a faint sense of horror, what school lunches were like for me as a student in the US. There was cardboard-y rectangular pizza, watery canned corn, and gloopy mashed potatoes. We would supplement our so-called nutrition with whatever we could from the ubiquitous vending machines. Things are different in here in… Continue reading What a Week’s Worth of Korean School Lunches Looks Like
Getting paid to do nothing in Korea. Dream job, right?
There's a lot of people who ask me exactly what it is that I do every day. In an effort to answer these questions, here's my (rough) daily schedule as an English teacher at an elementary school in South Korea. 7:30 AM - Wake up. Stare at wall. Contemplate skipping school. Remember that… Continue reading A Day in the Life of an English Teacher in Korea