10 Things They Don't Tell You About Living in South Korea

By: Cassandra Simons

One year ago, I stepped on a plane heading to Busan, South Korea, for a public school teaching contract. While teaching was familiar territory for me, TEFL was not, and living in East Asia was, well…totally foreign to me. I didn’t speak the language and didn’t know anyone where I was going. I read every article and book I could get my hands on, attempted to learn a bit about the country, and even tried to find social media pages to connect with people to help me.

There was very little in those articles that was of significant help. Sure, it is important to know about some cultural norms (don’t ever put your chopsticks upright in your rice). It’s nice to know about sights to see in the major cities (Seokbulsa Temple in Busan – totally worth the hike!). But it’s the things that most people DON’T tell you that would prepare you most. Maybe this list will help someone come to Korea at least a little more prepared than I was… and, while you can never quite prepare your nostrils for what you are about to experience, maybe you won’t be quite so shocked by some of the sights and questions.

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."