Teaching English in Geochang, South Korea with Tim Unaegbu [Video]

What's it like to live and teach English in South Korea?

Watch this video to see ITA Alumni Ambassador, Tim Unaegbu, share with us a day-in-his-life living and teaching English in Geochang, South Korea

In this video, Tim covers: 

  • What visa he teaches English on in Korea
  • Work/school attire
  • Classroom teaching assistants
  • Number of classes/schools taught at per week
  • Introduces us to his students
  • Average total monthly expenses in terms of rent, utilities, phone, groceries, transportation, etc
  • Recruiters
  • Classroom syllabuses
  • Learning Korean and how it can benefit you
  • The visa process
  • Public school contracts and what free things are provided to you (allowance)
  • The social aspects of living in Korea  

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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.

Trusting Yourself and Letting Go – Teaching English Abroad in South Korea

By: Krystle Radtke

I used to wonder what it was that compelled a person to leave behind everything that was familiar and move to a strange new place. I marveled at the courage and fortitude that it must have taken for someone to pick up everything and move to a new country, especially one where they didn’t know the language. But when the time came for me to make the decision on where to live, I found that the answer was much easier than I had anticipated earlier in my life.  

Picking Up Peter Pan Syndrome - Teaching English in South Korea


By: Michael Geer

Sometimes it just hits you.  It hits you like a slap in the face, a ton of bricks, or a bolt of lightning in a clear sky.  Just all of a sudden...


"I'm living in South Korea!" This realization has hit me a number of times since moving overseas, occasionally I even say it audibly when this epiphany appears.  It's happened on my way to school when I look around to see my town surrounded by mountains instead of cornfields.  I've been hit by it while hopping onto the subway in Seoul, and while strolling down the beach in Busan.  I can't help it when it comes, like waves warmly washing over me.  It shoves aside all the stress and banalities of my everyday experience.  It lifts me up and opens my eyes, really opens them, and when it hits me I laugh.  Sure as the sun rises, I laugh!  Every time!