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ESL Teacher Q&A: A glimpse of life in South Korea

Updated: Mar 10

Q: How long have you lived abroad?


A: I'm currently back in South Africa, but I lived in South Korea for 3 years.


Q: How long did it take to find a job in Korea/China?


A: It took about 2 weeks to find a job. However I got the job in October while the start date was in January.


Q: What was your biggest fear before moving abroad?


A: I was afraid of getting to South Korea and then regretting the move for whatever reason.

Q: What convinced you to take the step?


A: The longing to travel, plus the fact that I knew someone who'd made the move to South Korea already.


Q: Looking back what would you do differently to make your transition to living abroad easier?


A: I would definitely be more social and open to trying new things, and building relationships with people who are different from me.


Q: How did you experience settling into Korea?


A: At first it was utopia, then after the first 4 months I hit a slump because it hit me that this was actually my new life, I wouldn't to see my loved ones whenever I wanted to. I came face to face with the reality of having to sink my feet into a new environment with totally different cultural norms.


Q: What interests/hobbies have you been working on since starting your new job?


A: I discovered my love for digital marketing, content creation and curating, as well as my love for teaching. I'm currently doing my PGCE thanks to South Korea!


Q: What advice would you give someone interested in teaching abroad?


A: Don't overthink it. Just take the leap!






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