Bilingual Korean Professors, Privilege of English Speaking Countries, and Planning for Life after ESL

By: Ryan Thompson

Random Story From a Random Day Living in Yeosu, South Korea

I was invited to visit an island off the Southern Coast of South Korea.  The Korean teacher, who invited me, had basic conversational English skills; which is better than most in this small countryside city.  The last thing I expected was a day of fluent English conversation.  We met up with a group of Koreans. I was the only Westerner and the only one under thirty.    Within the group were a few Koreans that grew up in South Korea, but emigrated to the United States. One of them was the definition of eccentric. He had worked as a professor in several universities throughout Canada and along the east coast of the states East Coast of the States.  I couldn’t help but marvel at the history he had lived through.  He had been a child during WWII, lived through the Korean war when it was a third world country; he had watched South Korea rise to almost top 10 economies in the world. Then, he moved to Canada and the United States to teach philosophy.

10 Best Countries for Teaching English Abroad in 2020

What are the Top Countries for English Teaching Jobs Abroad in 2020?

Author: Jessie Smith

Updated: December 2, 2019

South Korea. Costa Rica. Morocco. Japan.  Which countries will make the list as top destinations for teaching English abroad in 2020?

With 1.7  billion people using and learning English worldwide, the international job market for teaching English abroad and teaching English online have never been stronger. There are new opportunities opening every single day overseas in countries like Vietnam, Colombia, South Korea & the Czech Republic!

Teaching English overseas provides more opportunities than any other field for English speakers from all walks of life and all backgrounds to live, work and travel abroad in foreign countries across the globe.  

No prior teaching experience is required! However, taking an accredited TEFL certification course will allow you to gain the skills and qualification you need to get hired and to teach on the professional level.

As we look forward toward to 2020, here are 10 of the top job markets to consider as you look at your options for teaching English abroad this coming year....

A Semi-Vegetarian Grocery Shopaholic’s Guide to Food Shopping in Seoul

By: Holly DeMuth

Technically, I’m a pescetarian, a designation so rarely referenced in print that my spell check doesn’t even recognize the word. This means that I eat vegetarian, except that I also eat seafood. Eggs, dairy, etc. are fine. Meat that doesn’t come out of the ocean is not. My reasons for this are boring and not relevant here, so I’ll skip to the useful bits.

 

She Could Hear Them Crack Her Tooth? Dental Care in South Korea

By: Katie McKindley

South Korea is a hub for plastic surgery, and I’d seen videos of foreigners getting LASIK done. How much different is dental care? They’ve got to be rigorously trained and highly valued, right? This is Asia, after all, where studiousness is next to godliness. I tried getting my three wisdom teeth removed in the states before I moved, but I didn’t have enough time, or the right insurance. So, after taking ITA’s Online TEFL Course, getting employed by EPIK, and moving to South Korea, it’s been on my radar.