Teaching English in Korea

If you’re on the peninsula teaching English then you know that the hours are quite good, the pay reasonable and the Teaching Englishlifestyle is well – what you make it!

If you’re not in Korea yet but are thinking about it then read on…

There are no real hard or fast rules for teaching English in Korea and the more you live the life and work the job, the easier and more fun it becomes. There are several big advantages to living and working in Korea as an English teacher and for most people they could be summed up as follows:

  • Sense of adventure
  • Ability to earn / save money
  • Sense of personal freedom
  • Ability to pay off debts
  • Low workload
  • Learning about a new culture

There are many more reasons that teaching English in Korea is great, but above all the lifestyle and money – work obligation ratio are my personal favourites.

Overall teaching is a very rewarding and enjoyable job. Sure some students suck – you just don’t get along with them, but these really are very few and far between. Korean people have fantastic attitudes when it comes to studying, and are usually very respectful towards their teachers.

Doing a class on adjectives and describing jobs, my class said that teaching was the profession that they respected the most. Whether they were just saying it to make me feel better, I don’t know 🙂

There are a lot of people teaching English in Korea that get burnt out by the `daily grind’ of teaching. It can become quite mundane and monotonous dealing with classes of charming but also at times down right annoying students! But then every job has its fill of routine, monotony, and boredom.

I used to teach outdoor sports and to look at it you would think it a great job, spending everyday rock climbing or messing about in a kayak – and it was! But even that got boring!

Teaching English in Korea isn’t for everyone but as jobs go there are definitely worse things you can do with your time!