I loved most of my coworkers and on average, the kids were wonderful! But what about when I was outside of the classroom...?
How were the teachers at my school treated?
How was the management?
Basically, if just one person had never made an appearance, my year would have been fantastic. But no, someone very specific had to ruin everything for everyone.
I was an English teacher in Seoul for a year, teaching kindergarten through elementary aged students. Classes ranged from "themes" like Ancient Egypt and physics to academy style classes, like phonics and grammar.
If you are interested in becoming an English teacher in South Korea, please check out the blacklist (google it) before agreeing to any school's offer. My school does not deserve to be on the blacklist, but under NO circumstances should you risk joining a school that has fallen to that level. Protect yourself.
From my experience, a lot of teachers here have "the grass is always greener" attitudes. I certainly did. And so did the other teachers who left my school thinking that they could find something better, only to feel, again, that the grass could be greener.
I do NOT want this to deter anyone from teaching!! Again, the kids and my coworkers were amazing!! If you want to be in Korea and teaching is the easiest way to get here, GO FOR IT!!!! Just make sure you define your standards (paid housing, etc) and do NOT settle if they can't meet those basic requirements, because someone else can.
Good luck to anyone coming to teach lol.
Part 2 will be coming soon, all about the kids and the funny/strange things they said and did!
For those who are new, I am American, and my boyfriend Andy is Korean. We met in 2016 while I was studying abroad in Seoul at Ewha Womans University, then embarked on a 2 year long distance relationship journey! We were reunited permanently in August 2018, and officially moved in together February 2019.
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The grass is always greener....