3 Tips for Skillful Spending in Seoul, South Korea

By: Paige Butterfield

“You can save so much money teaching in South Korea!” They said. “You can pay off all your student loans and live freely!” They said.

While the Internet has a wealth of travel knowledge, it also has a lot of bullstuff. After some vigilant article- and blog-reading on saving cash in South Korea, I thought I was set. I’ll just pack up my things, teach, and fill my tub with Korean won in no time, I thought. What a surprise I had when I realized, not only are tubs extremely rare in Korean bathrooms, but also saving money in Seoul isn’t so simple.

Tips & Hacks for Getting Around Seoul, South Korea

Our ITA Alumni Ambassadors are living in some of the world's greatest cities. We asked them to give us their tips and hacks for navigating the streets and getting from one place to another. From trains, motorbikes and chicken buses, our ITA Alumni Ambassadors have you covered to get you where you need to go! Here, our lady on the ground Delia Nicole provides tips on how to nagivate your way around Seoul, South Korea!

Life After Teaching Abroad: My Year After Returning from the Eastern Hemisphere

By: Megan Tighe

On Teacher’s Day in South Korea, I was notified that my graduate school program had been unexpectedly canceled.
I was slated to join a small cohort class of Intercontinental MBA students who would be traveling the world together for one intensive academic year. Unfortunately, the class was deemed
too small. I had already booked a plane ticket to the United States to begin the program that summer and had turned down an offer to stay and teach at my elementary school in Seoul for a third year. I had spent the better part of the past year preparing for this next chapter in my life and on that fateful day in my adopted country, my future plans had come to a screeching halt.
I didn’t know what life would have in store for me upon my arrival home.

My Top 3 Inspirations for Teaching English Abroad

By: Ryan Thompson

In January 2015, I found International TEFL Academy while searching for my next “career” move on Craigslist. Just moved to San Diego with no plan on what to do. The only thing I knew was I did not want to work in corporate America anymore. Having said that, I have come to realize that it was not the job that was the issue. My relationship to that job was awful and of my own doing. Sometimes in life we don’t have control over what happens to us, but we always have control over the meaning we give to what happens to us. In this case I had control over both. For whatever irrelevant reason, I was miserable at work.

The Life of a Traveling Couple in South Korea

By: Allison Best

Traveling and teaching around the world on your own is an incredible, life-changing, and challenging adventure. But when you go with friends or significant others, it adds a whole new element to the experience.

In 2014, my boyfriend Blaine and I decided we would move to South Korea after college. Eighteen months into our career in South Korea, it has become one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. But traveling with company isn’t always easy, and surely isn’t bump-free, but we have become stronger people both individually and as a couple because of our time abroad.

What Living Abroad in Korea Has Taught Me

By: Jessica Montgomery

That's a bold title. But it's one that I'm committed to.

Teaching English in Korea has been a gateway for me. an optimistic stepping-stone full of promise, opportunity, new-found confidence, and blissful naivety; grasping at straws in an attempt to learn more. I knew that coming to Korea would be a hefty place-marker in my life. I knew that further down the road I would begin statements with "Before Korea..." and "After Korea...", but just how big of a life-changer this venture would be was yet to be determined. I came here on the thought that once I knew about this accessible, living abroad, opportunity, I couldn't pass it up, and I would live with regret if I had not pursued it. There was no way that I could have foreseen how large of a regret that could've been.

Safe to say: Coming to Korea has been the best decision of my life.

Heart and Seoul - Teaching English in South Korea

By: Elizabeth Feyh

When you first start telling people you want to teach English in Korea, the most common question you may hear is "North or South?" Once you move past the ignorance, or people just trying to be funny, you are more likely to hear "Why?"

You know, that's a good question.

  • Why on earth would you want to leave the comfort and familiarity of your home to pursue a job in a country most likely very different from your own?
  • Why would you want to leave your family and friends to start a new life alone in unfamiliar surroundings?
  • Why would you intentionally cause yourself to stress over performing simple daily tasks in a strange language?

Teaching English Abroad: I Did It, You Can Too!

By: Jessica Montgomery

Scouring the web for long-term travel advice, I've come across countless blogs and articles featuring such romantic phrases as:

"I quit my job to travel the world!"

"Lawyer, early 30's, quits partnership to travel!"

"CEO quits to travel full time."

The Key to a Native's Heart - Lessons from Teaching English in Korea

By Jack Spilman

High over the Pacific Ocean, there’s a man – a resolve so sturdy and a lust for adventure so strong, he feels as though he could hold an entire country in the palm of his hand, molding and manipulating it at will.

Maybe he’s on a different plane. And while he plays with his ball of country clay, I’m curled across three seats, discretely wiping a tear as, at this moment, I’ve just now realized that I’ve left it all behind, and still can’t justify why.

That was then, this is now.