Who Brought a Cat on the Bus? Adopting a Pet in South Korea


By: Katie McKindley 

Last spring I took the online TEFL course with International TEFL Academy (ITA). I’m so grateful I chose to get my TEFL certification through ITA because they helped me to launch my new life here in South Korea. I’ve also felt so much support from their Alumni Association!

After getting settled in Korea, it wasn’t long before I noticed all the stray animals. There are dogs everywhere tied on short leashes, limited to an old blanket and forced to eat food scraps. These dogs are doing their best to cover their noses from the insanely cold wind chill. The cats can explore farther because they’re not tied up, but they’re still freezing. Walking home from work, I see cats tearing open bags of compost, trying to find a meal wherever possible. It is a way of life here, but if you’re an animal lover at all, it’s heartbreaking to see.

One Thing At A Time; Choosing A TEFL School

By: Katie McKindley

I was eager for the changes that would occur with my new EPIK job. I wondered what my life in South Korea would look like, but I had a pretty good idea already. Over the past two years I had done a lot of research, asked a lot of questions, and read tons of blogs. If you’ve never heard of EPIK, it’s the South Korean government program that places native English speakers in the public schools. I’m so glad I found out about it, stuck with it, and did what it took to get where I am now. But let me tell you a bit about the journey!