By Joe Yoon
The EPIK (English Program in Korea) Program is a great way to teach English in South Korea’s public schools. It is a competitive program to get into so here are some tips to help guide you through EPIK’s application process.
So you're moving halfway across the world to teach English abroad. The thought of waiting in the cold for a stalled train or not having right correct local currency to take the bus is enough to make you never venture out, especially when living in a foreign country. Indeed, wondering how you will get around is something that many first-time travelers and teachers worry about as they contemplate their options.
Not to worry, future teachers, your mind is about to be blown by some of the most efficient, clean and flat out cool transportation systems from abroad. Here are our top choices!
One of the best parts of living in a foreign culture is that you get to enjoy all the weird and wonderful foods it has to offer. You can order a pizza with reindeer meat on it in Finland or sample roast guinea pigs in Peru, but nothing tops the world’s list of culinary adventures like Asia, whose range of unusual foods sometimes baffle even the most ambitious foodies.
After polling teachers who have taught English in Asia about the good, the bad, and the ugly of the food scene abroad, here’s the list of things you’ve got to try, even if just for the story. Most of these foods can be found across many countries in Asia and even the west, but we’ve highlighted the ones each teacher remembers the most fondly from their experience abroad.
Note: This article was originally published on July 11, 2011. It has been updated & republished on April 4, 2017 for freshness & accuracy.
Since 1948, Seoul has been the capital of South Korea, as well as its cultural, political, and economic heart. Occupied twice during the Korean War by Communist forces, the city was extensively rebuilt and is now one of Asia’s most appealing metropolises and largest English teaching markets. A city with the best in modern technology, delicious green-tea tiramisu, and the rare opportunity to indulge in live octopus (tentacles and all) it is also one of the most lucrative places in the world to find work with a TEFL certification.
A popular choice for first-timers and experienced teachers alike, in South Korea the joys of eating, drinking, and merrymaking are in abundance. With a TEFL certificate, your English teaching job in Seoul Korea will allow you to save upwards of $ 1,000 USD per month, all while taking advantage of what the city has to offer. Here are just a few reasons why Seoul is a great city in which to work as an English teacher.
By Jessie Smith
"Wait, you just graduated with a (very expensive) degree in journalism, and now you’re jumping on a plane and flying 8,000 miles away to teach English abroad —WHAT?!"
To say my loved ones were a bit concerned and confused by my seemingly reckless life choice of moving overseas (to Korea?!) to teach English would be an understatement. I'm sure many of you have confronted similar objections.
Teaching English overseas was the best move for me; I didn’t have a single doubt in my mind. It was just so hard explaining it to everyone else. In my head and my heart the choice to live and work abroad made so much sense, but to everyone else it was just a desperate, irrational attempt at escaping the realities of our rotten economy and the need to kick off a "real career."
Having now returned, it is so clear that the benefits of teaching English abroad were so much greater than I ever could have imagined. My personal and professional lives haven’t been the same since, and here are just three major reasons why.........
The word is getting out that South Korea is one of the hottest destinations around the world for teaching English abroad. Most people don't think of South Korea as their first choice to teach English abroad, but after learning about the country's incredible opportunities, it's no wonder that it is the most popular destination for hundreds of International TEFL Academy graduates each year.