So, you’re looking to put yourself outside of your comfort zone, save some money and grow as a person as well as a professional? Well, teaching in South Korea provides a wonderful opportunity. With a culture almost completely opposite to that of a western one, you will always be confronted by something completely new to you.
South Korea has successfully made itself one of the most attractive places in Asia for native English speakers to teach English abroad. Usually, a remuneration package can be provided, which contains free flights and free accommodation. Fortunately, for people who want to teach abroad in Korea, there are many reasons why it’s such a great place to teach English. Koreans are proud of what they have created and are keen to showcase their home through friendliness, honesty and sincerity. So, are you ready to give teaching in South Korea a shot? If not, by the end of this blog, you will be.
South Korea as a place to look at is beautiful. Due to its mountainous terrain, only 30 percent of the country is actually inhabitable. This means that in populated areas, Korea has built upwards to accommodate its many needs. Apartments, coffee shops, convenience stores and restaurants are all built in the sky. Fortunately, the 70 percent of the country that hasn’t been dominated by buildings is absolutely breathtaking.
Korea has a grand total of 20 national parks that are incredible gems of nature. Mother Nature’s best work stuns as far as the eye can see across acres and acres of green space, gently rolling up and down the towering peaks. Hiking is a very popular pastime in Korea and it’s easy to see why; the locals play to the strength of their country and what strength Korea's magnificent mountains are!
Conversely, if trees aren’t your thing, Korea’s big cities have everything else that you might want. A huge positive about teaching in Korea is its internal accessibility. It is not a large country, and it boasts a fantastic transport system, which means that whatever city or town you are posted to, you will not be isolated.
Seoul covers a vast area of the country and, consequently, has the most state schools and private academies. Seoul deviates from Korean culture like nowhere else in the country. It cannot be described as western, but it offers much more international variation than anywhere in Korea; although great to visit if you teach English in Seoul permanently, your sense of Korea’s own culture may get lost among the shiny lights.
The city of Busan offers a much more relaxed attitude. However, it’s still a big metropolis with jobs everywhere, it has a much more chilled out atmosphere than Seoul. The stretches of white sand are beautiful.
The third largest metropolitan area is Daegu, which is well known for its strong links to Buddhism and many temples. It also showcases many festivals and sports, providing one of the best nights out in the country.
Whatever school you decide to teach English at (public or private school), no matter the age of your students, Korean children are pushed hard to achieve. This comes from an attitude of complete reverence towards education and an emphasis placed on the importance of English as a tool for improving your future prospects. Whether you agree with their methods or the intense style of Korean education, the positive is that as an English teacher, respect is given to teachers and the subject.
There are plenty of teaching opportunities in South Korea. There are even more reasons as to why you should teach in Korea. This blog has covered a few of the many reasons. To find out more and get some professional advice, get in touch.
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